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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST OPINION: Free speech or threat? It can be tough call

    A white supremacist faces sentencing for soliciting violence against a juror after a federal appeals court in Chicago decided that even though he never openly asked for anyone to kill or harm the person, his online posts were clear enough.

    The decision is another reminder that although the government cannot successfully prosecute a person, or a court send them to jail, because of mere ideas, the time, place and manner in which a person speaks — or even their intended audience — makes a difference.

  • Artificial cave could save Tenn. bats

    By CORY HOLLIDAY
    The Nature Conservancy
    Halloween conjures frightening images of bats emerging from dark caves looking for human blood.

    In reality, as the trick-or-treating begins, bats are settling into caves where they’ll hibernate for the winter and face something far scarier.

    White-nose syndrome, a deadly disease caused by the fungus Geomyces destructans, affects hibernating bats and has killed more than 5.5 million across 19 states since 2006.

  • Justice, divine or human, seeks to make things right

    Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s statement that if a woman becomes pregnant because of rape, “It is something God intended,” is a sad comment.

    It implies that the rapist should go free since he was doing what God intended him to do.

    If someone stole Mourdock’s car, would he say, “Don’t try to get the car back, it is something God intended?”

    Justice, human or divine, seeks to make things right.

  • Calfee’s slip-up may be rooted in previous ideology

    The first time I read in the Roane County News candidate Kent Calfee’s statement about why he said he would serve the liberal cause, I decided to remain silent.

    However, today (Oct. 29), when I again read Calfee’s claim that prior to his pledging to support the liberal cause he had “just been talking about some of the West Tennessee liberals and making a comparison” that lead to the “slip up,” I realized I had to speak out.  

  • GUEST OPINION: Mug shot sites show complexity of freedom, law

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    You can’t put a price on justice — but some are trying to charge a fee to fix what others call an injustice.

    There’s nothing good about getting arrested, even if the charges are dismissed or you’re found innocent at trial. The same goes for having a “mug shot” — a photo made at a jail or holding area — taken and filed with a county lockup or police department, complete with ID information.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Not raising stink over one little intruder

    I call him Scrappy.
    I guess I should have killed — or at least removed — the brown stink bug sitting on my kitchen window sill for the past four days, but I haven’t.
    For one thing, I don’t want to deal with the stink. For another, I figured he would  have died on his own by now. I’m still holding onto that thought.
    Scrappy is one of, I’m sure, millions of an invasive, transcontinental stink bug species that is taking over our country.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The Republicans were right about voter fraud

    Let us begin, gentle reader, with a bit of housekeeping.

  • Police go beyond call of duty for stranded motorist

    On Tuesday, Oct. 9, around 3:30 p.m., I was on my way to my place of employment.

    As I topped the hill, my vehicle just stopped working, which, as you may be aware, was during a time of heavy work and school traffic. Immediately, traffic began to back up.

    I tried to restart my vehicle, to no avail.

    After what seemed like an eternity to me, but was just a short time, Kingston Police Officer Jerry Singleton was first on scene. He was extremely professional and helpful.