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Today's Opinions

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Spring bling not to be taken for granted

    Look outside.
    Chances are, you’ll see plenty of green. Delicate greens, deep mossy greens, even yellow-green chartreuses.
    No other color is as easy on the eye and calming to the spirit.
    The spring transformation never ceases to amaze me.
    Spring got a late start this year, but now we are fully into the richness of the season. We should pause to appreciate it.
    Some of us take for granted the emerald paradise spring provides for us every year.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: It’s time to protect and defend America

    There is said to be an ancient Chinese curse that says: “May you live in interesting times!”

    You may well think that that ancient Chinaman had our times in mind, for interesting they are, and many would think that enduring them qualifies as a curse

    There is one aspect which we think curse-like, and that is that they are highly disputatious times, in which almost nothing in public life exists which is not vehemently disputed.

    You say a thing is good; I say that thing is bad. And so it goes, ad infinitum, ad nauseam.

  • Greenway project a boondoggle, says Kingston writer

    The construction of sidewalks to nowhere (Kingston greenway project) with public tax funds (state gas tax dollars) in a private residential development (Ladd Landing) to help sell building lots was never a good idea.

    Now it’s gotten worse as the price tag soars — $1.5 million and counting.

    Add that to the $2-million Taj Mahal  — unneeded new Kingston City Hall  — and it’s easy to understand why our political ruling class has never seen a tax increase they didn’t like.

  • Immigration: Just a few thoughts on a sleepless night

    Why are those Canadians so obsessed with coming over our border?

    Is it our health-care system that is superior? Could it be our good jobs and strong economy? The freedoms we enjoy?

    It must be our superior education system.

    How can we possibly keep them out? Build a fence? How high?

    What about 100,000 border guards standing side by side holding hands to keep the torrent back?

    Let me, in a nutshell, give a solution.

  • GUEST OPINION: Praise our teachers for important work

    By GERA SUMMERFORD
    Tennessee Education Association
    Public education reform has been a hot-button topic at both the state and federal levels for several years.  

    When the Bush Administration passed No Child Left Behind, the plan called for every student in every public school achieving specific learning goals by 2014.  

    Since its passage, we have seen an increase in standardized and high-stakes tests across the nation and here in Tennessee, since many reformers believe the only way to measure student achievement is through testing.

  • State road maintenance must be priority

    By KEVIN W. BAKEWELL
    AAA’s Auto Club Group
    Many of the roads and bridges we travel on every day in Tennessee are crumbling because of insufficient maintenance and old age.

    Unless policymakers act soon to increase funding, motorists can expect more potholes longer commutes, and dangerous safety problems.

    Construction of the federal Interstate Highway System began in the 1950s and many roads have since outlived their effective lifespan.

  • Don’t blame Boston police for bombings

    I must respond to the recent opinion printed in the Roane County News regarding the Boston police force.

    The writer insinuated that this tragedy could have been averted if the Boston police had done their jobs.

    Shame on you for even suggesting this! Lots of people pack backpacks when attending an all-day outdoor activity.

    People use backpacks today for things like books, computers, drinks, snacks, clothing.

    Parents use backpacks for diapers, bottles, toys and more.

  • GUEST OPINION: Tragedies reshape news reporting effort

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Two national tragedies separated by six years and a day – the April 15 bombing at the Boston Marathon and the April 16, 2007, mass shooting at Virginia Tech University – also are notable in marking how technology is reshaping our freedoms of speech and press.