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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST OPINION: Learning to be a citizen

    Solving problems in our democracy requires bringing different points of view together, talking face-to-face with others who may differ with you, and learning that these differences can exist without personal animosity.

    The question usually comes toward the end of a public meeting. Some knotty problem is being discussed, and someone in the audience will raise his or her hand and ask, “OK, so what can I do about it?”

    I love that question. Not because I’ve ever answered it to my satisfaction, but because it bespeaks such a constructive outlook.

  • Off the Cuff: Scammers still at it; remember, IRS won’t call

    Wouldn’t this be a wonderful world if some of these brilliant folks used their powers for good?

    Our thieving “friends” working the phones overtime are at it again — lying and conniving to cheat hard-working people out of their money by evoking the name “IRS.”

    I can’t stress it enough: Friends, the IRS will never call nor email you about taxes or penalties you may owe.

    If the caller says he or she is with the IRS, it’s a bald-faced lie. Do NOT believe it.

  • Clothes Closet closing doors, last day will be April 30

    After 14 years of helping Roane County’s needy people with free clothing, furniture, household goods and food, The Clothes Closet in Rockwood is closing its door due to the poor health of the owners and lack of funding.

    We sincerely thank each one who donated either items or money to keep the charity open.

    We still have some items to donate to anyone from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., should you come by and pick them up.

    Our final day will be April 30 or sooner when everything is gone.

  • Volunteer docs allow Free Medical Clinic to help

    While March 30 is the national day set aside to celebrate the contribution of physicians across the country, the Free Medical Clinic appreciates every day of the contributions made by our doctors who volunteer their time at the clinic.

    Simply put, FMC could not exist without them

    The volunteer physicians contribute significantly to the good health of the residents of Anderson, Morgan and Roane counties who can’t afford to pay for health care and have no other access to the medical services they need.

  • Simply Sweet Bakery a dandy way to spend a lunch hour

    The name – Simply Sweet Bakery – doesn’t sound like a place I would normally go to write an “Out To Lunch” article.

    Several folks have told me recently they enjoyed eating sandwiches, soups and salads (in addition to bakery items) at Simply Sweet Bakery’s new location in Harriman.

    Owners Mike Borman and Brad Jones moved their bakery-eatery to the 431 N. Roane St. last November. The previous location was in Rockwood’s Gateway Center, near the driver’s license office.

  • Cruz much like Jerry Falwell and not good for GOP

    Ted Cruz has announced his run for the White House at Liberty University Christian college, the former stronghold of the Rev. Jerry Falwell.

    I don’t wish to speak ill of the dead, but Falwell was much like Ted Cruz in that he always seemed to be absolutely positive and without doubt about any political position he took.

    What better place for Sen. Cruz to make his announcement than where the crowd is assured and captive.

    First to announce, he captured all the oxygen in the room and garnered much free media attention.

  • GUEST OPINION: ‘Sometimes you got to think before you do it’

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Who would have thought that star Little Leaguer Mo’ne Davis could also throw a pretty good First Amendment “conceptual fastball” over the plate?

    Bloomsburg University sophomore first baseman Joey Casselberry, the team’s second-leading hitter this season, was tossed off the team by the public university for a tweet in which he called the 13-year-old Mo’ne a “slut” after reading that Disney was making a film about her Little League World Series experience.

    The tweet went “viral” and Casselberry was reprimanded, later apologizing profusely.

  • Remembering Nelle Alkire Ward, Part 2

    As promised, I now return to my recollections of Mrs. Harvey Ward, nee Nelle Alkire.

    In Part One, I wrote of her early history, her becoming a nurse, her meeting and marrying Mr. Ward, and her many interests, pursuits and hobbies.

    In this Part Two, I continue with her story: She also did pottery, painting, sketching, woodworking, and metal working. The mention of her pottery brings to mind an interesting anecdote, reflecting on both Mrs. Ward, and Mr. Ward.