Today's Opinions

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: Too lazy to read it? Then don’t share it

    By Lata Nott

    You sometimes suspect that you’re not as well-informed as you should be.

    When you read about that study that found that middle school kids were unable to distinguish paid advertisements from news stories, you shook your head sadly — then secretly wondered if you would do much better.

  • No laughing matter: Russia is not our friend

    I don’t usually respond to “responses” to my letters if they sink to derogatory and insulting personal statements like the Redmond letter on Friday, Dec. 22. I let the readers judge the level and content.

    Besides, while discussing letters and responses with others it was explained profoundly to me with one simple statement: “You don’t get into a ‘whizzing’ contest with a skunk.”

    However, I do stand behind my statements as facts.

  • Differences block needed consensus to solve problems

    Every report concerning the Mueller/Congressional investigation is met with the same knee-jerk retort: The left is trying to de-legitimize Trump’s election. This is nothing but a straw man diversion.

    Trump was elected — with sufficient votes to win the presidency in our system. For better or worse, he is and should remain president (absent impeachable offenses) until the voters say otherwise. That is the remedy for electoral decisions.

  • GOING with the FLO: Learn from past, press toward future

    We have just received the largest tax cut in the history of our America! Not a single Democrat voted for it.

    It is amazing to see how God can overpower the odds and accomplish His purpose for the American people.

    Donald Trump was the last hope the people had of someone who will return the power to the people of America. Our forefathers fought and died for the right to choose our leaders and continue to have Godly values.

  • Thanks for help with Thanksgiving food drive

    I would like to thank everyone again for their help and donations to the Hands of Mercy Food Drive.

    This food drive is a great example of what can be accomplished when communities come together to make a difference. We had support from volunteers and sponsors every step of the way to accomplish a goal of feeding 1,000 families in Roane County with the food baskets for Thanksgiving.

    I will be in touch with everyone within the next few months to secure sponsorship for next year because it will not be long until we will be ready to start again.

  • Northeast taxes put reform debate into perspective

    I have lived in Tennessee for 18 years, and many of my friends and neighbors do not fully appreciate our low property taxes and having no state income tax. Also, Tennessee has the lowest per-capita debt of all 50 states.

    Many of those I speak with do not understand all of the media comments about tax reform and the deductibility of state and local taxes.

    Here are the comments I often make to put the national tax reform debate in perspective:

  • OFF the CUFF: State’s policy a sign of the times?

    Members of Tennessee’s General Assembly have new digs.

    If you’re a Tennessean or have spent money in the Volunteer State, you helped foot the $126 million bill to renovate Nashville’s Cordell Hull Building to house the offices of our state Representatives and Senators.

    Our lawmakers have shiny new desks, plush chairs and other office accessories because who wants to move old, dank furnishings when you can opt for new on the taxpayer’s dime?

  • OS community gives the gift of belonging

    I had just received the best gift of all this Christmas, and it is not for what it is, but for what it means to me.

    It represents the encouragement to write about so many things I am thankful for this holiday, from my students to my coworkers, to the community.

    My name is Yris Vaca, or Profe. Vaca as my students call me, and I proudly work at Oliver Springs High School, since last year, when I arrived to Tennessee.