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Today's Opinions

  • Neal deserves an apology — and her salary back

    I agree with James Stout about the shabby treatment of Kingston City Clerk Eleanor Neal about the mistake which was made in the matter of the tax rate.

    If anyone should have been punished with taking away a month’s salary, it should have been the city manager. It was his responsibility to see to it that such a mistake was not made.

    After all, it is his duty as the city manager to supervise all the things that go out of the office.

  • Guest Opinion: Win for CIA is loss for rest of us

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    Governments like to keep things secret. To be fair, some government officials see the benefit of the free flow of information, but governments reflexively tend to keep things from public view, particularly if the information may raise questions about government conduct.

    Of course, our guarantees of freedom of speech and press were instituted in part to keep an eye on people in power.  If we’re to assess effectively how well our public servants are doing their jobs, we need access to information.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Do European elections foreshadow U.S. ones?

    Much of the news the past few days and weeks has originated in Europe, particularly in the European Union and the Euro Zone.
    Three of the more prominent identities mentioned in this European news are the President of France, the Prime Minister and Cabinet of the United Kingdom, and the leaders of the largest news organization, News Corp., Inc., the Murdoch family. Each of these has a lesser or greater connexion with the United States.

  • Mullins falsely accused in jail construction issue

    I recently was made aware of and read the April 30 edition of your newspaper, where the headlines read “Mullins suing county.”
    I was the project manager in charge of the day-to-day operations at the Roane County Detention Center and was employed in that capacity by Roane County government.
    I feel it is my duty after reading this article to come forward as I have done many times officially and in depositions, to inform the citizens of Roane County that at no time during this project did Brian Mullins do anything wrong on this site.

  • Withholding news right call under rare conditions

    Journalists are in the business of telling the news, not hiding it.
     But there are times — very few times, despite conspiracy-and-bias claims fueled by a media-criticism cottage industry — when news organizations do decide to hold the news that they know.
    These instances are rare enough that when they happen, it’s news in itself.

  • Roane County Executive Ron Woody: A national park for Roane County is in the works

    Continuing with the Five Point Star management approach, one of the current focuses is industrial and economic development.

    There are many aspects of economic development, one of which is tourism and overall livability for the area.

    This piece focuses on making the Manhattan Project a national park, helping not only tourism for Roane County but also adding an important aspect of culture, history, art and livability.

  • Time to stand in defense of religious freedom

    The subject of our freedoms, or lack of them, is getting totally out of hand.

    For me, as a God-fearing person, this situation is hard to tolerate. I grew up in a time when God and His teachings were followed as best we could.

    By the way, it was a much a happier time! There was stability in most things, especially family. As you well know, most stability in anything has disappeared, gone by the wayside.

  • Here’s why you should ease up on mother-in-law

    In the spring of my 51st year, I find myself facing another Mother’s Day without my mom. I wish I would have spent more time telling her how much she meant to me.

    I’m writing this letter to all the people who disparage their spouse’s mother. I suspect that most are young and can’t yet appreciate the wisdom which comes from experience. As for my own mother, I don’t think there was a woman in the world that would have been good enough for her baby, but after 15 years, she did learn to respect my decision and love my wife.