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Today's Opinions

  • Coal ash toxicity only one part of the picture

    With respect to the recent report on the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) meeting in Knoxville (Roane County News, Jan. 20, page 2A), the SELC is on the cutting edge in raising questions about the disposal of coal ash. The new federal law allows legal action by citizens and the state to compel compliance.

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: An open letter to We, The People

    Sending an “open letter” to President Trump has been in vogue these days.

    Social activists, business moguls, media chieftains and political leaders all have penned a multitude of them since the November election. Some offer advice, some raise alarms, some offer praise and some just convey insults.

  • Fix what’s wrong with ACA but, don’t eliminate it

    The Republican obsession to completely repeal the ACA (Affordable Care Act) is a terribly bad idea. Any health-care repeal without a suitable replacement plan will put insurance companies back in charge of health coverage causing less coverage and higher costs; and it will create economic chaos in small hospitals because they will have to go back to treating patients in their emergency rooms that will not be able to pay for that treatment. That is NOT a good thing!

  • Problem with aquatic plants multi-faceted

    Since water weeds are choking the front page of the Roane County News, I’d like to make several points on the matter of vegetation in Watts Bar Lake.

    1. While an overgrowth of aquatic plant life is a problem, like all problems, this issue is multi-faceted. Thus, solutions should be evaluated from many perspectives, not just the ones presented by those with the most to gain.

  • If you believe Israel should turn the other cheek ...

    If you believe that the establishment of the State of Israel was illegitimate, even though its recognition by the Balfour Declaration became international law when mandated by the League of Nations; and

    If you believe that Palestinian land was stolen by the establishment of the State of Israel, even though there has never been an Palestinian State, but in fact the land was considered a part of Syria; and

  • King aimed to uplift all

    By John Doloreaux

    Special to Roane County News

    As we look back in time to reflect on the many legacies of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it is critical to understand that his vision for humanity was not exclusive to the black race.

    King’s goal was to uplift the poor and forgotten, regardless of color. While he was a minister, he believed that human beings should not have to wait for an afterlife to gain relief from their corporeal suffering on Earth.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Bits and bites prompted by the day’s news

    Gentle reader, we hope that you read assistant editrix Cheryl Duncan’s “Off the Cuff” column in the issue of Wednesday, 4 January, titled “Retreat from out-of-town meeting”, concerning the Roane County Board of Education’s proposed week-end out of town on a supposed “retreat” to decide on the future of education in Roane County.

  • Laughable to compare SoCal, Tenn. waterways

    While enjoying your Dec. 31 in-review issue, I read Mr. Ken Johnson’s letter comparing the irrigation canal systems in Southern California to the lakes and rivers of East Tennessee. I was moved to respond.

    In a nutshell, comparing the canals, waterways and lakes (??) of Southern California to the Tennessee River, Chickamauga Lake and Watts Bar Lake is risible.

    First, SoCal canals, waterways and lakes are narrow and shallow. In SoCal, creeks are exalted as rivers and ponds promoted as lakes.