Today's Opinions

  • Kindness toward elderly goes a long way with them

    A couple of weeks ago my friend and I visited the Bojangles’ in Harriman for lunch.

    A nice man named Joe held the door for us because we both walk with canes. Later we found out he had paid for our lunch. Thanks, Joe!

    All the the restaurant staff members we met — Karlie, Cody, Jonathan and Regina — were kind, caring, and helpful. As we left, Robbie held the door.

    How nice to live in Roane County where the elderly are treated with such kindness.

    Lillian Proctor and Martha Rogers

  • GUEST OPINION: Some thoughts to make the president better

    Center on Congress
    Before the ins and outs of the 2016 presidential contest become a preoccupation for many of us, it seems a good time to step back and look at the office of the presidency for which so many candidates are vying.

    The presidency inherited by whoever wins next November will be substantially changed from the position his or her predecessors occupied a few decades ago.

    The president is now the chief — and sometimes the sole — actor in American government.

  • Avian flu outbreak highlight poultry plight

    The U.S. egg industry is reeling from a colossal outbreak of avian flu, mostly among egg-laying chickens.

    According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 48 million birds, accounting for 11 percent of the nation’s egg-laying hens, have been slaughtered for fear of infection during the past few months.

    The effects are far-reaching, from how to dispose of millions of potentially infected bird carcasses to job losses and rapidly rising egg prices.

    More than 40 countries have restricted U.S. poultry imports.

  • Walks come with welcome lessons on human nature

    We have been without transportation since April, so I have been walking from Paint Rock to Kingston — a distance of about 12 miles.

    I sometimes had to go to the Roane Medical Center in Midtown; my daughter has cancer.

    One man has picked me up a couple of times. Once, as he was dropping me off at Roane Medical Center, he got a call. I went in to the hospital to find my daughter. She had been moved from the intensive care unit to a room.

  • Redistricting talks on schools are long overdue

    I refer to “School Redistricting” by Damon Lawrence on Page 1 of your July 10 issue.

    The school board’s workshop was held on July 7.

    The longtime great champion of school redistricting, James “Dub” Harmon, died on July 8.

    What lit the fire under the county school board to cause members to have a work session just prior to the beginning of a new school year? Is there something we are not being told?

  • Give them their rights, but ‘no’ on reparations

    Now that the highest court in the land has opined the LGBT community has been denied their constitutional rights to marriage privileges, will reparations become the next push to the left?

    Yes, denial of this right has inflicted financial inequities on this group of Americans since we became a country. But now, in modern times, the question becomes, should back-paid Social Security benefits for surviving spouses be a reparation cost of the new constitutional interpretation?

  • $10,000 for council tablets waste of money

    The Harriman City Council is considering forking over $10,000 for computer tablets to get electronic versions of agendas and other documents involving city business. (See story in today's Roane County News)

    Our response?


    Has it not been drummed into our — and their — heads that these are tight budget times?

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Thoughts on Mr. Obama’s ‘Week That Was’

    You know, gentle reader, that there are times when you are on a losing streak, and no matter what you do, nor how you do it, nothing seems to come out right, and then, dictu mirabile — wondrous to say — all of a sudden everything changes, and all your cards are right, your numbers are what they should be, your dice are charmed, in short your luck has changed, and every thing is coming up roses.