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Today's Opinions

  • Shopper grateful for return of lost wallet at grocery

    I’m humbly grateful to the woman who returned my wallet that was left at Cash Saver in Kingston on July 3.

    “If evil comes upon you, God will work it out for good.”

    Gloria Bardill
    Kingston
     

  • GUEST OPINION: Expect fireworks over Hobby Lobby decision

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    We celebrated the nation’s 237th birthday on this July 4th holiday weekend with fireworks of all kinds and colors, but there are some ongoing pyrotechnics around First Amendment issues from religious liberty to free speech.

  • State got it wrong on abortion, writer wants law change

    There is a growing awareness across our state that some balance is needed with regard to the practice of abortion in Tennessee.  

    As result of a wrongly decided ruling by our state Supreme Court, the people have been silenced, and our ability to regulate abortion has been removed. Because other state throughout the Southeast have stronger restrictions on abortion than Tennessee, we have become a destination for the practice.

  • Look at all the help Harriman Lions Club had

    We would like to thank everyone whocame out for the Harriman Lions World’s Greatest Pancake Breakfast.  Without you, we couldn’t do what we do.  Special thanks to our sponsors. Many are local businesses  that support Harriman Lions and other Roane County charities on a continuing basis. Let us support them.

    Restaurants: Mama Mia’s, Los Primos, The Roane Street Grill, Gondolier, Jake’s Bar and Grill, El Cantarito, Red Bones on the River.

  • GUEST OPINION: Turns out we don’t know what our freedoms are

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center

    C’mon people — it’s just 45 words!

    We’ll even give you the Twitter version: Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly and Petition.

    There, a whole lesson in what it means to be a citizen of the United States — and the answers to some the questions on the actual test that you have to pass to become a citizen.

    Perhaps that’s why 29 percent of respondents to the 2014 recently released State of the First Amendment survey couldn’t name one — they don’t have to.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Thoughts on modern practitioners of chivalry

    We have recently been reading some books in a relatively new series by authoress Rita Mae Brown, who has several novels to her credit, including another series featuring “Sneaky Pie” Brown.  

  • Religion should not be established by majority rule

    Our courthouse is owned by believers and nonbelievers alike, but we have some religious bullies who do not agree with that premise.

    Some of our  commissioners seem to think that religion should be by majority rule. They  are in bad need of a civics lesson. The move to place the “In God We Trust” motto on our courthouse is political pandering at its worse.

    I do not expect to change anyone’s mind, but I would like to see those who are ready to donate money for this project to also commit to pay for possible legal challenges.

  • City official takes time to give thanks for cleanup help

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved with helping the Kingston Public Works Department cleanup after the tornado a few weeks ago.

     I would like to personally thank the three men who were already working to cleanup on Dogwood Drive. When I arrived to cut two large trees that had fallen across the road, they were already working hard to remove the trees with saws. Thank you for your hard work and help.