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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST OPINION: Day may be when religion, or lack of, will not matter

    By DAVID L. Hudson Jr.
    First Amendment Center
    A San Francisco police officer contends in a federal lawsuit that his First Amendment rights were violated when his employer punished him for his off-duty hobby of nude “figure study” photography.

    The San Francisco Police Department believes that officer Gared Hansen’s photography of nude women is not appropriate for his position.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: You must read this Free Press analysis of Ryan

    Gentle Reader: Today’s column about Paul Ryan, Romney’s pick as running mate, may provoke questions, even skepticism, about its authenticity; but we assure you, it’s authentic, it’s real, it’s genuine, so read on with care but without doubts:

    “... Ryan seems like the perfect vice presidential candidate for the people who actually want a true-blue, tried and tested conservative on the Republican ticket.

    “Except for one problem. He’s an imposter.

  • Thanks to paper, reporter, for news on hospital effort

    On behalf of the Veterans Council for the Roane Medical Center Conversion Project to transition the facility to a veterans hospital, we would like to extend our deepest appreciation to the Roane County News for its willingness and interest in publicizing information regarding the project.

    We would like to especially thank Cindy Simpson with the Roane County News for her hard work and support to make sure the information was relayed in an accurate and timely fashion.

    She, along with her paper, has been a tremendous asset in helping to keep everyone informed.

  • Founding Fathers had a hypocritical side re: humanity

    I read the letter to the editor in the Aug. 15 edition of the Roane County News and wanted to remind people of something that far too many of us have forgotten.  

    We hear much talk of this country being founded on Christian principles and most speak of the Founding Fathers with fond words and expound upon their moral values.  

    It would be well to remember the truth as to the beginnings of this nation.

    I love our country and would never wish to live anywhere else, but I believe we should always have a true remembrance of what is truth.  

  • GUEST OPINION: Public access also a plus in assuring fair trial

    By GENE POLICINSKI    
    First Amendment Center
    When courts withhold public access to certain police or other records before trials — particularly high-profile ones — the reasoning generally reflects a desire to preserve the suspect’s right to a fair trial.

    No quarrel here with a fair trial.

  • Right to believe or not believe is critical in USA

    I am a Christian who is enraged at the lack of respect and tolerance for people of different religions.

    Whether a person is Hindu, Buddhist, Sikhist, Shintoist, Confucian, Jainist, Catholic, Hebrew, Christian, agnostic, atheist or any other faith or non-faith, in the United States you have the right to practice your belief or nonbelief.

    The Sikh Temple killings in Wisconsin and the Sikh Temple vandalism in Murfreesboro are abhorrent and the result of total ignorance and lack of love and kindness for all humankind.

  • Rules of Civility would go far in solving problems

    Where is the honor and respect in regard to our politics?

    Some hateful garbage is being said on TV between the two parties.

    We need another George Washington for president.

    The leadership of both parties need to read George Washington’s Rules of Civility, a list of principles by which, supposedly, proper decent people must abide.

    Washington believed that a gentleman is someone who makes others comfortable, that good manners are simply a matter of common sense and courtesy.

  • GUEST OPINION: Day may be when religion, or lack of, will not matter

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Remember all the media chatter during the primaries about how the “Mormon factor” could undermine Mitt Romney’s candidacy?

    Forget about it.

    American voters, it turns out, are mostly unconcerned about Romney’s religious affiliation or have no idea what it is.