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Today's Opinions

  • It’s up to us to reclaim democracy at every level

    Candidate Donald Trump promised that health-care replacement would include the right to buy insurance freely across state lines — releasing the consumer from arbitrary and artificial limitations to choice and competition.

    I wrote to our Congressman Fleischmann asking where this provision appears in the GOP bill. I have not received an answer, not even the usual, neutral drivel about how he is so very concerned with this issue on our behalf.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: State eyes open government legislation

    Last year the state legislature looked at several bills related to open records and open government.

    This year the legislature is again considering several bills related to transparency in government.

    Several of these bill were referred to committee to be reviewed. One bill that could be up for a vote this session involved the release of records pertaining to investigations of police shootings conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

  • GLIMPSES: What will history say about 2017?

    By Mark Banker

    “History never looks much like history when you are living through it. It always looks confusing and messy, and it always feels uncomfortable.” John W. Gardner

    What will history say about our own “confusing…messy…uncomfortable” times?

    Assuming the deep-seated American penchant for conflict does not soon disappear, we can expect observers will continue to disagree into the foreseeable future about the issues we find so debatable.

  • A VIEW FROM LICK SKILLET: Conservatives? Today’s Republicans aren’t

    Gentle reader; For some time now we have heard and read with increasing disquietude the claims of various Republican candidates for various offices to be “the Conservative Candidate”.

    But, upon considering these candidates’ platforms when running, and voting records when elected, we have become convinced that none of them are in fact true conservatives.

  • Viewpoints on Trump, others fair and balanced

    I want to express my appreciation for the interesting and meaningful articles that Hugh Willett authors and includes in the Roane County News.

    I especially appreciated the

    article, “All we are saying is

    give Trump a chance,” which

    appeared in the Friday, March 17, issue.

  • Ruby Tuesday helped raise funds to battle cancer

    I would like to give a “shout out” of thanks to Ruby Tuesday Restaurant, Harriman, for their willingness and help with Roane County’s Relay for Life teams in their fundraising efforts to combat cancer.

    Three of their employees came in on their own time to cook a pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 11, and to provide such a wonderful atmosphere for the community to sit and eat together all for a good cause. Together with a few items we had at a silent auction and ticket sales, this event helped raise a total of $1,000!

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: Admit it: We need First Amendment

    You may think you love the First Amendment. You may get misty-eyed just thinking about it.

    It calls to mind Woodward and Bernstein unraveling the Watergate scandal, Dr. King leading the March on Washington, Voltaire proclaiming, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” (Voltaire didn’t actually say that, but he probably wouldn’t mind that you think he did.)

    But sooner or later, you will come across something that will make you wonder just what’s so great about freedom of speech.

  • Trump has done very little to deserve a chance

    Friday, our editor admonished us to “Give Trump a Chance.”

    Could this be the same Trump who has repeatedly told us that the press is the enemy of the American people?

    We’ve elected an obviously unhinged individual, one who Saturday’s circumspect New York Times called “a real nut job.” This nut job has consistently worked to undermine the press, one of the pillars of our democracy. To have our local leader of the Fourth Estate defending Trump is mind numbing.