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Today's Opinions

  • Be sure your candidate is right for our future

    Advocacy is one of the most important ways the Roane County Chamber of Commerce works to build a better Roane County.

    The Chamber is built upon the success of our collective business community. So, making sure our elected officials know what is important to our businesses is very important to us.

    While the Roane Chamber has not adopted a policy of endorsement for specific candidates, there are basic, foundational principles that we support.

    We ask all of our voters to consider these questions before selecting candidates at the polls:

  • Take control of your tax dollars: Get out and vote

    Seems this year that we have gotten just a small sample of government waste, political corruption, greed and plain criminal behavior by some politicians and a good lesson on how the election process really works.

    It doesn’t matter if it’s federal, state or local. Yes, some people do follow the money, and where do you find a bigger pool of money to follow than taxpayer money?

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The McGovern Rules bad for both parties

    Phineas Taylor Barnum, the celebrated nineteenth century showman, is said to have opined that: “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

    The continued success of the Donald Trump campaign for the presidency is patent proof of the truth of old P.T.’s observation.

    The Unabridged Edition of the Random House Dictionary of the English Language, provides this definition: “Sucker. 2. Informal. a person easily cheated, deceived, or imposed upon.”

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: What is ‘free speech’ on the web?

    Who can say what, on the Web?

    Twitter has raised questions anew with reports of a lifetime ban on tweets from conservative blogger Milo Yiannopoulos — reportedly after complaints that he engineered a wave of racist and sexist comments directed against comedian and actress Leslie Jones, who is co-starring in the latest “Ghostbusters” movie.

    Yiannopoulos is an editor on the conservative blog site Breitbart.com, whose posts frequently create controversy on the web.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: An Open Letter to the Citizens of Harriman

    Dear Harriman Citizens: Congratulations, dear citizens, each of you is about to become the proud owner of a lawsuit, each and every one of you.

    You did not ask to be, you didn’t know you were going to be, and you may not want to be, but you are.

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: Reclaiming our common humanity

     Horrific events like the heartbreaking tragedy in Orlando — the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history — bring out the best and the worst in the American character.

    After Omar Mateen murdered 49 people and injured 53 others, many clergy who rarely, if ever, acknowledge the LGBT community in positive terms offered prayers for LGBT people — actually reciting the letters. This one, brief shining moment was both unprecedented and heartening.

  • From Austria to Oak Ridge: Changing the world with a secret

    I was born and spent my first 17 years in Vienna, Austria. My mother tongue was, of course, German, and my foreign languages consisted of two years of French and six years of Latin. No English!

    When I joined the American branch of my family in Philadelphia, Pa., at the age of 17, it didn’t take me too long to realize that I could not expect to ask any local gal for a date in German. So I had a powerful incentive to crash-learn the “new” language of English as fast as I could.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Uniforms don’t always produce uniformity

    Last week’s shooting by police, and of police, brought to the fore once again the nation’s seemingly never-ending trauma arising from the troubled relationship betwixt the negro and Caucasian races that has existed since the first days of the colonies in the early 1600s.