Today's Opinions

  • Democrat has a few suggestions for cutting deficit

    I want to begin by saying that I am a Democrat.
    I feel certain that I am not the only Democrat who thinks the deficit is a problem.
    First, let’s talk about the Bush tax cuts. Weren’t they supposed to create jobs? If we are going to reduce the federal debt, everyone will have to make sacrifices.
    The biggest problem I have with deficit spending is that it is fraud!
    If I go out and borrow money without intending to pay it back, that’s fraud.
    I know that sometimes it is necessary to borrow money, but there should always be a plan to repay it.

  • Please give this woman her stolen stuff back

    While I was in the hospital about two or three weeks ago, someone came to my house and took an 18-foot ladder and my new grass trimmer out of the garage.
    I wish whoever did this would bring them back.
    I need them.
    Helen Howard

  • Civility – is this America’s latest lost cause?

    From Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson’s ad in Florida demonizing Republican Dan Webster as “Taliban Dan,” to Republican Sharron Angle’s ads in Nevada demonizing Latinos, negative campaigning reached new lows in the 2010 election cycle.
    Grayson and Angle both lost.
    But since their opponents aired their share of attack ads, it’s hard to tell what worked with voters and what didn’t.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: It's tough saying goodbye to the neighborhood dog

    If you are a softie, like I am, don’t read this.

    OK, you’ve been warned.

    For the past four years or so, I have been lucky to have custody of my ridgetop community’s neighborhood dog.

    Jasmine, so I’m told, was dumped here  about 16 years ago as a puppy.

    I smile to imagine what that roly-poly golden ball of fur must have looked like then. She was lucky enough to find a home with a family that had children.

  • Impressions: Next time he feels roly-poly, it won’t involve layers

    The heat is on.
    Last weekend’s frosts convinced me to switch the HVAC system at the office over from “cool” to “heat.”
    I’m betting you did likewise at your home.
    Of course, I judiciously nudged the thermostats down a gnat’s eyelash under 65 Sunday morning — no need in running the heat when I was the only soul on my side of the building.
    While I’m a cool weather fan, many of my colleagues are not.

  • First Amendment study ought to be required reading

    The First Amendment is part of the U.S. Constitution.
    In Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptist Association, Jan. 1, 1802, he states the purpose of the First Amendment as: “Thus building a wall of separation between church and state.”
    In a related quote, James Madison said, “Every new and successful example therefore of a perfect separation between ecclesiastical and civil matters is of importance.”

  • To save country, we must save the Constitution

    I trust my Roane County brothers and sisters realize what a privilege it is to read the profound words of Gerald Largen each Friday morning in our newspaper.
    I embrace Mr. Largen’s feelings about the signs that read, “SAVE AMERICA VOTE REPUBLICAN.”
    I saw those signs many places in my travels. Mr. Largen, please be advised that there is a wonderful sign across East Race Street from our courthouse which reads, “SAVE THE CONSTITUTION.” How nice would that be.

  • A nightmare – or an epiphany? You make the call

    Politics, politics, politics! Sound like a line from a movie entitled History of the World, Part Two?
    The political tides seem to ebb and flow without end and each wave of those demanding change seems higher and closer to the last wave.
    TV commentators suggest the American people are restive, unsatisfied with the slow pace of job growth and the level of income tax imposed on our investor class. Perhaps we should take a closer look at what the waves have just washed up on our shores.