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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST OPINION: Cities may not screen transit ads by viewpoint

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    A second federal judge has ruled that a metropolitan transit system must accept controversial ads that call for support for Israel and the defeat of “jihad.”

  • Listless Congress cedes power to president

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center on Congress
    There is a widespread sense, both in Washington and around the country, that Congress has just ended one of the most listless and unproductive sessions in memory.

    When its members bolted town to go home and campaign, they left a long list of big issues unaddressed — immigration reform, “the fiscal cliff,” climate change, entitlement reform, cyber-security.

  • Lowest bid isn’t always the best choice for country

    The ongoing political campaigns fill the media with exaggerated or alleged factoids and lies while the country continues an inexorable slide into a second-rate economy status.

    It seems obvious that the low prices in discount and retail stores are paid for by the unemployed workers who once made the furniture, shoes, clothing, electronics etc and were paid a living wage.

  • GUEST OPINION: Penned-up press not an effective public watchdog

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Watchdogs are not effective when they are penned up or kept out of the yard entirely.

    The First Amendment protects the rights of a free press for everyone, not just those with printing presses, broadcast stations or Internet news operations.

    But having the right of a free press for all also conveys a special responsibility to the few who do work for such organizations.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Save America, vote Republican???

    Gentle reader, you have no doubt seen one or more of these signs and billboards somewhere in the county; possibly they are also being posted elsewhere, although we have been to Knoxville, Crossville, and Chattanooga in recent days and have not observed them any where else.

  • Tea Party not representative of Republicans

    There was a time when a Republican and Democrat could sit across the table from one another. If one of them had a good idea, they would shake hands and say “Let’s get to work on it.”
    Of course, they would have their differences. But, they would work on a compromise to come up with the best solution to make sure it was the best for the people they represent.
    Recently I had the honor of working for a candidate running on the Republican ticket for state representative for the 32nd district, Kent Calfee.

  • Paddling incident not the innocent event it was made out to be

    How do I begin to respond to Rex Galyon’s letter about the paddling of a 5-year-old by Morgan County School administrator Susan Boyd?
    There are so many things wrong with this mentality that I don’t know if I can address them all in one letter, but will do my best.
    First of all, no one ordered Boyd to use corporal punishment. She alone decided to paddle this student. She judged with what force to hit this small child and how many times to hit him.

  • Man’s complaints about co-worker not protected

    By DAVID L. HUDSON Jr.
    First Amendment Center
    A former garbage-truck driver for the city of Franklin, Tenn., had no First Amendment right to report the allegedly violent conduct of his co-worker, a federal judge has ruled.
    Ruben B. Pruitt Jr. worked as a driver/operator for Franklin’s Solid Waste Department.
    In June 2010, while working with his partner, who is identified in court documents only as Mr. Allocco, Pruitt contended that Allocco flew into a violent rage and began beating the side of the truck.