Today's Opinions

  • Dear editor: Keep up the good work

    This message is for Editor Hugh G. Willett. I would like to tell you that I really enjoy your articles.

    There are a few that I keep reflecting on. The article on Jim Henry was a well-deserved article. A hometown boy who really went a long way and made something out of himself. His work for the disabled and the children of this state is remarkable and unimaginable. He was a spokesperson for “All of Tennessee Children.”

  • Time of despair in backdrop of blessed season

    I woke up this morning to read the news of the tragic bus crash in Chattanooga. As a parent to young children, the horror of this accident was something I could barely read.

    Then I read about hospitals being bombed in Aleppo, Syria. One of the hospitals was a children’s hospital. This is just the most recent destruction from this bitter war that continues to rage.

  • Thanks for taking time to vote in Kingston race

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people that voted in the recent City Council race. It was a record turnout for a City Council race.

    In saying that, I realize the voters did not turn out for the local race, but for the election that was primarily of national concern.

    In this ballot, the City Council was of secondary importance, but benefitted from the voter turnout.

    I am sure, that the winners for Council seats, Ms. [Tara] Stockton, Ms. [Stephanie] Wright and the returning Mr. [Tony] Brown, are competent individuals.

  • Neighbors of gated areas left out is not acceptable

    I agree with Lesi Clough Gibson’s Nov. 16 letter in being very happy that residents living South of the River will now have access to high-speed internet service. It is progress.

    I also live near several gated communities, from Caney Creek Road to New Hope Road, which leads to Grande Vista Bay. We can get satellite services for internet and TV. The cost is rather outrageous, and the service not so good.

    Internet bogs down ... bad weather knocks out TV, as well as internet.

  • Bravo to Largen for ‘above the noise’ election views

    Being one of many “gentle readers” of Mr. Largens opinion in the Friday, Nov. 18, edition, I would like to applaud his perspective.

    Those who know me know that I am a life-long Republican and a conservative (not necessarily the same thing these days).

    While we often differ, like Mr. Largen, I, too, felt we had two of the poorest candidates in my lifetime. During the primaries, Mr. Trump was not my first choice. However, unlike Mr. Largen, when I walked into that voting booth, I had no problem spinning the wheel down to Donald Trump’s name.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Curmudgeon’s perception of election results

    Gentle reader, the quadrennial presidential election is finally over, and barring some catastrophe, Donald J. Trump will take the oath, and enter upon the office of our president come 20 January, 2017.

  • GLIMPSES: Reflections on our recent election

    By Mark Banker

    A few immediate reactions to last week’s election.

    First, the worst that I envisioned actually occurred — but in reverse! For the fifth time in our history, the popular-vote winner did not win in the electoral college.

    While one candidate more than hinted that he might challenge such a result, the other deserves praise for respecting our precious tradition of a peaceful transfer of power.

  • Good to have Lemond as our neighbor

    The LeMond Composites announcement carried in a recent edition was welcome news to Roane County and the region.

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory has become a primary driver of economic development activity in Roane County. The location of Lemond Composites in our community demonstrates the successes that the lab’s technology transfer efforts have generated.