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Today's Opinions

  • DAR golf tourney a success thanks to contributors

    On June 14, the Avery Trace Chapter, Daughter of the American Revolution, held its fifth annual Flag Day Golf Tournament at Southwest Point Golf Course in Kingston.

    The DAR promotes patriotism in our local schools and community, supports our military active duty as well as our veterans and educates American youth in the history of our great country.

  • U.S. Sen. McCain cock-of-the-walk now, but ....

    Like a barnyard rooster that perches on the tallest post of the barnyard and crows loudly to proclaim, “I am the greatest,” U.S. Sen. John McCain is perched in front of TV cameras again; this time to reassert his contention that only he foresaw the Middle East would devolve into chaos.

    He seems to be suggesting the U.S. is responsible for this disaster. Apparently, he has decided that American troops and armament must be left in every country in the world to help them become, what? Our friends?

  • OUR OPINION: Kingston battle one needing introspection

    It’s hard to blame the residents of the Davis and Dogwood drive neighborhoods in Kingston for feeling sucker-punched.

    Dogwood Drive residents have enjoyed an almost-forgotten paradise of tree-lined streets, woods and — for some of them — waterfront.

    It’s a mature neighborhood populated with current and retired Oak Ridge Reservation scientists and workers.

  • Did parent’s complaint cause trouble for child?

    I am the mother of two wonderful children. I thought, until recently, that if something wrong is going on in their schools, it was my place to address it.

    It never occurred to me that my child  might be retaliated against for this.

  • Kingston, REU responded well on storm cleanup

    We would like to commend the public safety personnel of the city of Kingston and the power crews with Rockwood Electric Utility for their prompt and efficient response after the storm swept through town this past week and uprooted trees, damaged property and knocked out electric service in a broad area of town.

    Also, special thanks to the neighbors of the Rosedale Avenue and Kingwood neighborhood who helped clear debris — especially two individuals who appeared with a chainsaw minutes after the storm and helped remove a tree blocking the street.

  • Apartment chief also says Kingston did great job

    As manager of Lakewood Village Apartments, I want to thank Mayor Troy Beets, Fire Chief Willie Gordon and his department and all the employees of the city of Kingston who were so helpful to the residents of Lakewood Village during the recent devastation our city experienced.

    Your care, concern and kindness will never be taken for granted or go unappreciated.

    Becky Shaw-Wells
    Complex manager
     

  • GUEST OPINION: In Tennessee, religious freedom trumps fears

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    After four years of protests, lawsuits, vandalism, arson and a bomb threat, American Muslims in Murfreesboro can finally celebrate the power of religious freedom to triumph over hate and fear — at least in the courts.

    This month, the U.S. Supreme Court put an end to a lawsuit filed in 2010 challenging the permit issued by Rutherford County for construction of an Islamic Center near the city of Murfreesboro.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: True conservatives don’t change constitutions

    Knowledgeable reader, we are sure that you are familiar with the old expression about wolves masquerading in sheep’s clothing — well, that is a very apt description of many of the so-called conservatives who think that the majority of present day voters are conservatives, and in some areas and in some aspects they are doubtless right.