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Today's Opinions

  • GLIMPSES: Of rights, responsibilities & 21st century challenges

    By MARK BANKER

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

    1) None of us see 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.

  • Maybe owner of puppy in hot car should feel heat

    It saddened me to read the letter about the puppy being closed up in a hot car with no water.

    There are so many sick and cruel people in this world who should not own an animal.

    They should know better than to let an animal — a puppy at that — stay in a closed-up car.

    Not bothering to care is just as bad as a driver who does not pay attention on the road and causes a terrible accident.

    This woman should not be allowed to own an animal if this is how she treats them.

  • Kids who worked car wash are credit to community

    I visited a car wash on Saturday, July 26, at the Rite-Aid parking lot in the middle of Kingston.

    I just wanted to comment that I experienced the nicest, hardest-working youth I have seen in a long time.

    I asked the cost, and I was told, “Just a donation.”

    I pulled in and waited. I was next.

    But what I saw was a very devoted, disciplined group of guys and girls working very hard to wash and detail the vehicle of the patron ahead of me.

  • Election snafu costs us all in voter confidence

    There probably isn’t anyone beating himself up out there worse than Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway last week.

    You could see it in his face Friday as the commission and witnesses dealt with the problem of an uncounted early-vote card from a Harriman precinct voting machine.

    But voting is serious business in a democracy, and so we feel we must add our voice to those criticizing the mistake.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Should Mrs. Rice be punished & the way we talk

    Gentle reader, as we write this column, the election looms, but has not yet occurred, so that virtually anything we might say in regard to that topic would, by the time of publication, be outdated. So, instead we will address a small collection of random thoughts and ideas that have occurred to us, or been brought to mind, over the past few days.
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  • Pollution from animal waste can be cut by us

    Last weekend, the drinking water of 400,000 Toledo residents was fouled by  animal waste. With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective  discharge regulations, it will happen again in our own state.

    The problem has become pervasive. Waste from chicken farms has rendered the ocean off the East Coast unfit for fishing. Waste from Midwest cattle ranches carried by Mississippi River has created a permanent “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico larger than that of the infamous 2010 BP oil spill.

  • Drop the Blue Devil logo if you want Harriman to thrive

    Does anyone in Harriman want to see revival? Thriving businesses, inspired youth, delivered adults, honored   elders?  

    Harriman is filled with empty, decaying buildings, few businesses, oppression, sickness, substance abuse, no senior center and nowhere for kids and adults to have clean fun!  

    Why?  We are in a spiritual battle of good and evil; our unconscious choices of service will determine our lives.

  • Many backs turned on puppy in hot vehicle

    I am writing this to get one point across to your readers: NEVER leave a living creature inside a hot car unattended and without water.

    I am writing this letter out of concern for a very disturbing situation I recently experienced.

    I was going to my car after shopping at Pinnacle Pointe in Midtown when I heard a little puppy yelping as loud as he could.