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Today's Opinions

  • Religious beliefs shouldn’t be basis of president vote

    We, as a nation, are nearing the time to elect a president to represent us all.

    This time we have a unique religious twist as the Republican candidate appears to be Mitt Romney who is a devout member of the Mormon Latter-day Saints faith.

    It goes without needing to be said that there will be a certain number of voters whom are of other faiths or none at all, who will not vote for Romney because of this, even though they may otherwise agree with his nonreligious beliefs.

  • GUEST OPINION: Reaction against terror went too far

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    The terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, posed many issues for our nation as to how to respond, and what lengths to go to, in the name of national security.

    In some cases, new safety rules have meant minor inconveniences. No bottles with more than 3 ounces of liquid allowed in carry-ons on an airplane, for example.

  • A View from Lick SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Will it be a ‘bully pulpit’ or a pulpit for a bully?

    Gentle reader, as you know, there has been a widely perceived problem in this country that has come more and more to the fore over the last few years — the problem of bullying.

    One of the most serious consequences of this pernicious practice has been an unacceptable number of teen-age suicides brought on by bullying, especially the bullying of youngsters who appear to be effeminate or homosexual.

    There has been, and there is now, an ongoing programme on the internet to assure victims that “Things will be better.”

  • Memorial Day weekend isn’t just about fun

    Veterans, millions of veterans, know the meaning of this Memorial Day.  

    Parents are making plans, reunions, and celebrations. Children are excited, counting the days until school is out.  

    Municipalities are planning big events. Everything is in full-swing for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend.  

  • CASA 5k run was big success for all those involved

    CASA of the 9th Judicial District’s 2012 Run for the Child was a big success.

    We had 220 entrants, a huge increase from last year, and preliminary numbers indicate we will net about $2,000 more than last year, making this the biggest fundraiser in our history.

    Thanks to all of you who helped and or entered this event.

  • Intolerance has no place on pages of newspaper

    Those of us who avidly read the editorial section of this newspaper surely take note of the religious intolerance has once more raised its ugly head on these pages.

    Various branches of Christianity taking shots at one another is sadly a part of our history, spanning the last 2,000 years.

    More disconcerting is the notion that one would be considered ignorant for having  any sort of faith in a higher power, a view that is becoming rampant across the more socialist and “educated” parts of this world.

  • GUEST OPINION: Legislature’s ‘monkey bill’ Trojan horse

    Depending on whose press release you believe, Tennessee’s new science law either promotes “academic freedom” or “allows creationism to be taught in public schools.”

    Enacted on April 10, the legislation instructs school officials not to prohibit teachers from informing students about the “scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses” of “scientific controversies” such as biological evolution.

  • YMCA push should be slowed for second look

    I would like to encourage the city council and those in support of The YMCA to do more research before pushing this.

    I appreciate the fact that Kevin McClure and Tim Neal voted against it.

    I am Kevin’s wife and a local business owner for 17 years. The Y would hurt local businesses. I and my partners employ 31 staff members at Kiddie Korner Daycare & After school program.

    The Y could be devastating to our childcare program, Kay Whaley’s or Tam’s Tots.