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Today's Opinions

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Internet access hot election issue

    The Nov. 8 election is drawing near. In fact with early voting starting next Wednesday, the election is practically underway. I heard a report just this week that the temperature of the election has reached such a fever that there might be enough votes cast during early voting to decide the presidential election in some states.

  • GLIMPSES: Perspectives on the Electoral College

    By Mark Banker

    Last week, two respected polls projected that the votes of as many as 40 percent of Tennesseans will not count in the coming presidential election.

    Some readers may assume that recent bombshells about the Republican presidential nominee must have overshadowed such shocking news. Others will see this as proof that our elections are indeed “rigged.”

  • Michael Dunn Center an obvious East Tenn. asset

    I recently toured the Michael Dunn Center. I was pleasantly surprised. The facility was extremely clean and well kept. The layout of work areas and classrooms was very tidy.

    President and CEO Mike McElhiney and Melinda Johnson, supervisor, greeted me warmly and were very hospitable. The staff at Michael Dunn Center was very professional and courteous.

    It is very evident, for the staff, this is not just a profession, but a true calling. The effort put forth is truly a labor of love.

  • Best-qualified leader detrimental for area law enforcement

    If ever a police department needed veteran, seasoned and experienced leadership, that time is now.

    That is why I find it discouraging there were voices at the recent Harriman City Council meeting who inferred it would have been best to go back to a “good old boy” system of choosing the person to lead a vital service for our city.

    It is even more discouraging these remarks were said before the new chief has even started in his position.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Challenge wasn’t a race. Really.

    Let me be clear: The Kingston Lions Club Moonlight for Sight challenge walk at Fort Southwest Point last Saturday night was not a race.
    It was a personal challenge.

    So it can’t be said that I lost, because there were no losers, only winners.

    The Lions raise money for charity, specifically to help those with vision impairment. Everyone who participated was a winner.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Poor state of Roane education — Part III

    What we suspected when we first learned of the deplorable showing of our Roane County high school students on their ACT exams (which as you will remember showed them to be tied for next to last place on the East Tennessee schools reported on in the News Sentinel, and well below the state average, and even farther below the national average,) was that this is a systemic problem directly traceable to the folks in charge of education in the county, viz. the Board of Education and their minions.

  • YOUR LETTERS: I checked the facts, and here’s what I found out

    A writer last Wednesday suggests we check facts. I thought that was a real good idea, so I did it, using the writer’s letter.

    Here is what I found out:
    First — President Obama DID NOT “announce that he is turning over our internet to a UN agency!” Here is what was really announced, and who did it:

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Dems, GOP find common ground

    After years of partisan bickering that has brought our government to a dysfunctional standoff, Congressional Republicans and Democrats this week actually found something they could agree on.

    The House of Representatives voted 376-76 and the Senate voted 97-1 to override President Barack Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.

    The vote gives families of Sept. 11, 2001, victims and future victims of terror acts the right to sue the foreign governments responsible for sponsoring the terrorism.