Today's Opinions

  • Lots of questions about Kingston’s 18 boat slips

    First of all, let me vent my frustration to the city officials of Kingston on how they handled this dock situation.

    I’ve been in the past extensively involved in marinas/docks on the waterway. I’m not claiming to be an expert, but working with DOE and TVA in the past has given me considerable experience.

    I know that TVA and the Corps probably had no input on where they could use this $90,000, but neither did the public.

  • What in the world is happening to our country?

    I’m getting some age on me now, just turned 74 last month.

    You know, I can remember a time as a young man when people felt safe about leaving their doors unlocked night or day. You could feel OK about leaving the keys in your car after parking; no one bothered it. If you got a whipping at school, you could feel pretty assured you were going to get a another when you got home.

    There wasn’t a lot of crime; for the most part, people were God-fearing, honest, hard-working, decent, moral people.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Property law a lifeline for governments

    A bill that recently passed the state legislature will help Roane County and other counties across the state, get some relief from being forced to take responsibility for unwanted properties acquired because of delinquent taxes.

    House Bill 2343 and Senate Bill 1949 gives local chancellors the authority to set aside a county’s bid on properties that the county takes possession of through delinquent property taxes if the financial or environmental risks outweigh the value of the property.

  • New school chief challenged to raise reading scores

    Why not challenge the new Roane County Schools director to improve the reading scores of Roane County third-grade students?

    I read that 43 percent of third-graders in Tennessee read at grade level at the end of their year. In response to my question, [Education] Commissioner [Candice] McQueen’s office told me that in Roane County, 40.3 percent of third-grade students read at grade level.

    Reading is surely the most single skill students can have.  It is also highly correlated with skill in math.

  • Warning tickets for first offense only make sense

    It appears predatory policing tactics are alive and well, in at least one Roane County city.

    A ticket was recently issued for a traffic violation that could result in a fine of at least $80. And for what, you might inquire? For a failure of a brake light that could have easily only failed the last time the brakes were applied at the traffic light!

  • OFF the CUFF: Please please me: live and don’t die

    I acquired a fine roll of bubble wrap several years ago.

    I came into its possession for reasons I can’t recall. There was probably some project I had planned that was delayed until it evaporated from my memory.

    But you don’t give up high-quality possessions like bubble wrap merely because its original purpose has been forgotten. You never know when you might want to pack something, mail a fragile item, relieve stress or bring Dr. Seuss’ “Hop On Pop” to life.

  • Kingston docks not a good idea for community

    Editor’s note: The following, addressed to TVA’s David Harrell and Cathy Elliot of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was submitted to the Roane County News.

    In response to the public notice posted by the TVA and recent articles in the Roane County News for the city of Kingston’s proposed 58 Landing Project, I am against this permit for the following reasons:

    1. This is not a community-use dock. Slips will be rented to only “runabout” boat owners, which would limit community use.

  • Republican Party breaks promises

    Last week I received a letter from House Speaker Paul Ryan asking for my support for the Republican Party. I was surprised that he would actually send out such a letter to past loyal supporters. I say “past” because after watching the GOP break every promise they have made to loyal conservatives year after year, I came to believe that he and most of the party’s members lack any semblance of a spine or honesty.