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Today's Opinions

  • There’s more to consider for big cat rescue, neighbors

    In the matter of the Tiger Haven big cat rescue in East Roane County, the issue of liability insurance has not been addressed. 

    How many companies in the state of Tennessee, while operating with this much capacity for endangering the lives and well-being of a entire community and surrounding counties, have shown no proof of financial responsibility? 

    What is one human life worth?

  • GUEST OPINION: Many confused on church/state separation

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES

    First Amendment Center

    At a time when Americans are deeply divided over the meaning of “separation of church and state,” a recent ruling from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals provides a much-needed case study in how the First Amendment’s establishment clause is supposed to work.

  • GLIMPSES: Making the case for investing in Roane schools

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column. 

    1)  None of us sees the past or present with absolute clarity. 

    2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values.

    3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

  • Imagination Library is cause worth giving to

    I wanted to voice support of Roane Imagination Library. As a former director of Roane County United Way, and now a grandmother of three, I have seen the value of this program from multiple viewpoints.

  • Sudden infant death fundraiser in Kingston Sept. 27

    I would like to thank the city of Kingston and the Kingston Police Department for reconsidering and working through any problems to allow the second annual Chase Run to proceed as planned. 

    This 5k run and 1-mile fun walk is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27, starting at 8 a.m. at Fort Southwest Point, sponsored by Grace Community Church of Kingston. 

    This event raises much-needed monies for research into and prevention of sudden infant death syndrome.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Republicans must choose: Principles or politics?

     

    We see where state senator Jim Tracy has officially conceded defeat in the recent Republican primary election for the position of Republican nominee for Congress from the Fourth Congressional District of Tennessee.

    Thus, unless further action is taken, Dr. Scott DesJarlais will be the duly designated Republican standard bearer for this highly important federal office. 

  • Writer offers more on global warming, CO2 connection

     

    I was pleased to read my friend Jim Leitnaker’s comment on climate (letters to the editor, Aug. 29).

    Scientists believe that global warming is caused by carbon dioxide. It seems that 4/100ths of 1 percent is a small amount to cause such a large problem.

  • In God we trust plaques need our financial support

     

    An appeal has been made, a serious and urgent request.

    As a child of God, I know full well what He has done and is doing for me who had no hope of eternal life. 

    He called me out of the darkness I was in and gave me the understanding that if I would but trust Him, He would save me and keep me in his loving care forever.