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Today's Opinions

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Reason says we should have health care for all

    Faithful, long-time readers should be aware that there is likely no one any more devoted to the principles of personal responsibility than the old curmudgeon.

    However, he is also devoted to the corollary of those principles, or what some might well regard as being, in fact, an integral part of those principles, that is to say one should be fully, personally responsible for his own actions or those actions which he has caused or precipitated, together with the natural, reasonably anticipatable consequences arising therefrom.

  • Clinch Reactor Project prompts many concerns

    My reason for writing this letter is to add to the article that was written in the May 17 publication titled “Not in My Backyard.”

    The writer was correct in noting that I didn’t want to be considered a “NIMBY” and that now I am one due to the location of the Proposed Clinch River SMR site.

    In addition to the noise concern noted in the article, I have several other concerns that were put on record during my presentation.

  • GLIMPSES: Church Called Bethel turning 200

    By Mark Banker

    My parents, Gene and Katy Banker, joined Bethel Presbyterian Church on Jan. 7, 1951 – two months after they moved to Kingston and three weeks before I was born.

    In those days when Bethel was open, our large family was there. But Biblical names did not deter we six Banker sons from youthful irreverence. Our squirming on Bethel’s second pew and the stern glances they evoked from Mom and Dad doubtlessly distracted (and perhaps amused) other worshipers.

  • Suggesting gender bias undermines years of hard work

    Dear Mr. Gerald Largen,

    Your editorial concerning Rockwood High Schools’ top students having only one boy has caught the attention of us, the top students at Rockwood High School.

    While we appreciate your concern over what you feel is an injustice to the boys in our class, we would like to share our viewpoint.

    You wrote in your article, “Only one male in the whole high school merited recognition for academic achievement, whereas a dozen females did so.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Use Republican Rule to defer school decision

    Gentle reader, you no doubt recall that Emerson said that ‘A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.’ Events of the last few weeks have caused us to wonder what the great Ralph Waldo would have said about folks whose chief consistency consists of inconsistency.

    We refer, of course to our Roane County School Board for they have proven themselves to be remarkably consistent in their inconsistency.

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: Is C+ good enough for our freedoms?

    By Gene Policinski

    When it comes to our core freedoms, is a “C+” grade good enough?

    A new “First Amendment Report Card,” released by the First Amendment Center of the Newseum Institute, gives our First Amendment freedoms — religion, speech, press, assembly and petition — a barely passing grade.

    The grades were assigned by 15 panelists from across the political spectrum, some of them experts on First Amendment issues overall, and some who focus on specific areas such as religion or press.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Class of leaders soak up Roane

    I spent the past eight months enrolled in classes for Leadership Roane County.

    Our class traveled to government offices, businesses, social and health services, entertainment venues and law enforcement facilities, where we listened to a variety of elected officials, county employees and volunteers who work together to make Roane County a great place to live and work.

  • Merged schools a boon for kids, and for business

    To all the Roane County Commissioners:

    I have lived in Rockwood for over 50 years. I graduated from Rockwood High School in the mid ’60s, and that was some of the best times I have had — and memories that will last forever.

    Some memories I would just as soon not remember, and others I think about every day. I was there when Campbell High School closed and their students came to our high school (Rockwood High School). South Harriman High School closed and their students moved in to Harriman High School.