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Today's Opinions

  • Deregulation not a pretty part of Thompson legacy

    I need to comment on one piece of Cheryl Duncan’s “Off the Cuff” series in the Nov. 4 paper.

    I’m sure everyone remembers the deregulation of the commodities exchange in 1998.

    That’s when gasoline suddenly jumped to over $5 a gallon. Your grocery bill seemed to triple. Everything seemed to cost about three times more.

    Your money was devalued by about one third and more. (I’ve read the government wanted this because our debt to foreign countries was so great, and this would make it look like maybe not as much.)

  • Beckner a godsend in his help with toppling chair

    My name is Anna Cochran. I have MS and use a power chair to get around outside of my home.

    On Wednesday, Nov. 4, I was going to the Dollar General Store. I went to go over the railroad tracks.

    I must not have been paying attention, because after I cleared the tracks, I continued forward and hit the uneven asphalt and tipped over sideways into the rocks.

    My oldest son, Michael, was there. The chair is very heavy.

    As soon as I tipped over, a gentleman stopped his car and ran over to help us.

  • Forget the ghouls, nothing more scary than meat industry

    I was never scared of all the witches, zombies, and assorted goblins wandering around on Halloween on Saturday night.

    What really used to scare me was the meat industry.

    This is the industry that mutilates, cages and butchers billions of cows, pigs and other feeling animals; that exposes thousands of undocumented workers to crippling workplace injuries at slave wages; that exploits farmers and ranchers by dictating wholesale prices then jails those who document its abuses through unconstitutional “ag-gag” laws.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The reason for & meaning of 2nd Amendment

    Gentile reader, there are times when we wonder which of the two “Big Tens” are getting the greater workouts with less understanding. By the “Big Tens” we are, of course, referring to the Ten Commandments set out in the Old Testament, and the Ten Amendents to the U.S. Constitution, commonly referred to as the Bill of Rights.

  • Prescriptions for cold pills won’t slow down meth

    Our state Senator, Ken Yager, got it right when he told the Nashville newspaper recently that the opioid abuse problem “is
    an epidemic of biblical proportions.”

    The numbers back him up: More people died in Tennessee last year from drug overdoses than they did from guns or vehicle accidents.

    Another compelling statistic: Domestic meth production is down, but meth use is on the rise because Mexican cartels have taken over the market with a cheaper, stronger version.

  • Thanks for helping raise $700-plus for war memorial

    On Oct. 10, Southwest Point Chapter NSDAR hosted a pancake breakfast to raise money for the Korean War Memorial to be placed at the Riverfront Park in Harriman.

    American Legion Post of Harriman and members of the DAR Chapter served over 50 guests. The donations amounted to over $700.

    A big thank you to Ruby Tuesday restaurant, their manager Chandler and their chefs.

    Thank you to Walmart, Kroger, Wampler’s and Food City for the donation of food.

    Also, thank you to everyone who donated to the memorial fund.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Dr. Carson’s common sense & On being eighty
  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: Pope Francis reawakens American ideal

    At a cultural moment when celebrity trumps character in America, it took a humble priest from Argentina to remind us of the better angels of our nature — and of the kind of nation we must aspire to build in the 21st century.

    Pope Francis arrived in our public square as a self-described migrant, and for a refreshing week his message of compassion and justice drowned out the divisive, ugly, sometimes hateful rhetoric of this political season.