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Today's Opinions

  • Attack on Obama not just politics as usual, writer says

    I wonder what someone has slipped into the Tea Party’s namesake drink that caused the co-chair of that august though neophyte party in Roane County to pen the vitriolic letter to the editor that appeared in the Roane County News on Dec. 28.
    In that opinion piece, he asserts the following;
    1. President Obama blames capitalism for the poor performance of the economy.
    2. Obama has assaulted capitalism for three years.
    3. Obama ignores the rule of law, the Constitution and Congress

  • Another takes issue with recent Tea Party letter

    President Obama is the title he holds and deserves to be addressed as, not agitator or dictator.
    The United States went through, very painfully I may add, eight years of Republican “bliss!”
    President Obama walked into and accepted with dignity and honor this horrible job that was left to him by a Republican president.
    Yet, you choose to condemn his efforts... why?
    The Democratic party is not responsible for this tragedy from the previous eight years.

  • ‘Sustainable’ Roane County the right move

    From out of the ashes, the phoenix rises.
    While that comes from ancient mythology, there are plenty of examples of great good coming from terrible tragedy.
    Take the Great Chicago Fire that wiped out that then-slapped-together stockyard town in 1871.
    With planning and effort, from the ashes of those wooden buildings rose great skyscrapers and examples of architectural advancement that are still marvels today.
    What does all this have to do with Roane County?

  • ANOTHER VIEW BY LEE HAMILTON: Add civility and civic skills to new year goals

    This is a season of giving, good cheer, and forbearance.
    Too bad that, as the political season begins in earnest with the turn of the year, all those fine sentiments will become just a memory.
    So maybe, as we jot down our New Year’s resolutions, we could add this one: “Every action done in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those that are present.”
    And then let’s hope that our political leaders add it to their lists, too.

  • Right to petition an oft-forgotten freedom element

    By TIFFANY VILLAGER
    First Amendment Center
    The “right of the people … to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” the last freedom of the First Amendment, is the most forgotten freedom.
    Each year when the First Amendment Center commissions its State of the First Amendment survey, petition is the freedom few can name (only 6 percent in 2010).
    Why is the right of petition the forgotten freedom when it has deep historical roots?

  • Christmas spirit alive and well in Rockwood, Roane

    As a pastor, I believe in publicly acknowledging acts of kindness. This especially must be done when those random acts of kindness come in a cluster.

  • HUB billing ‘scam’ has writer hot under the collar

    A couple of months ago my local utility decided that I should pay my bill a few days earlier.
    My utility bill is the biggest bill I have, and I have struggled to pay it on time for 22 years.
    I do that because it offends me to pay the extra fee for being one day late.
    It only amounts to about 4 percent, but if you extrapolate that to the 30-day billing period it adds up to 120-percent interest. Isn’t that usury?

  • Accounting of TVA’s ash spill money missing something

    Wow, wow, wow … great to read the recent article about TVA working with Roane County Executive Ron Woody to facilitate the correct accounting and distribution of TVA’s $43 million, an “example of the agency’s commitment to helping the area recover.”

    Here we are three short years later. Time sure flies.

    Let’s see, Ron, when you have the accountants set up the spreadsheets to track this money we’ll need to have accounts for: