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Today's Opinions

  • Local letter writer laments attention terrorists feed on

    I have thoughts and questions about the terrorism in Paris, France. What were the perpetrators’ goals? Were they thinking that they were making a major statement for the Muslim cause? Were they angered by the drawings of four political cartoonists?

    I think it was a goal of fundamentalism to have it spread on the media.

    They thrive on the media to put themselves in the forefront of all news stories. In my mind, all they want is news coverage.

  • GUEST OPINION: Je suis Charlie, it’s another way to say freedom

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Cowards!

    There’s no other word for the armed gunmen who killed 12 people in the attack last week on the Parisian offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

    Once again, terrorists ignore the lessons of history: individuals may be silenced by violence from time to time, but ideas live on and ultimately will find their way to the world.

    Once again, innocent lives are lost in the futile attempt to force one point of view onto others, or to prevent other points of view from being heard.

  • Allow me to reintroduce myself

    For those of you who know me well, seeing my name appear in the Roane County News is no surprise. It’s a move many of you knew was coming.

    The rest of you,  however, probably have no idea who I am, but I’m taking going to take up several of today’s valuable column inches to clear that up.

    My name is Bradley Keith Stringfield, and, effective Dec . 29, I became the sports editor at the Roane County News.

    Don’t stop reading now. It gets better.

  • First Amendment has leading role

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Who knew the 45 words of the First Amendment came with buttered popcorn?

    Entering 2014, it’s safe to say that none of us could have envisioned that one of the year’s biggest global collisions between freedom of expression and tyrannical suppression of speech would revolve around a lightweight movie comedy, “The Interview.”

    What lessons does “The Interview” have for all of us?

  • Commissioner explains why he called for delay

    I believe that the government that is closest to the people governs the best, and that is why I made a pledge when I ran for office, that when elected, I would always be open and honest with all residents of Roane County.

    This brings me to the vote mentioned in the Roane County News about the Dollar General in East Roane County.

    On Thursday, before the county commissioners meeting, I received a call from Kay Christopher in the codes and zoning office stating that the vote would be postponed until the next month.

  • County executive off to a good start, but here’s a plan

    I read with interest the letter from Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

    It was a great letter; I enjoyed it.

    If Mr. Woody is sincere about his willingness to change and adapt to the needs of all of Roane County, here is a challenge for him and the officials with all of the rest of the governing bodies (plural) of Roane County.

    He quoted Charles Darwin, and I agree with the statement that “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

  • Planning our future: Changing government by research, study, and analysis

    By RON WOODY
    Roane County Executive
    This is the first in a series of article about your local government.

    In 1973, Mike Hayes, a new teacher at Midway Junior and Senior High School assigned our seventh-grade class a civics project to create a city on a poster board.  

    Each of us had to name our city, and I chose the name “Tomorrowville.”

    The purpose of the project was not to have a creative drawing but to think through a process of planning and simple civil engineering.  

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: ‘Solid South’ promises painful future

    In the days of our youth, there were two expressions that one quite frequently heard, one was “The Solid South”, and the other was,” The South Will Rise Again!”