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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST OPINION: Ho, ho or humbug — let’s celebrate our basic rights

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    ’Tis the season to be jolly and of good will, right?

    Responding to holiday cheer with a well-voiced “Bah” or “Humbug?”

    Well, it’s our right under the First Amendment to speak and write in ways that are naughty or nice.

    Let’s stick with that seasonal theme as we move from the Christmas season into resolutions and forecasts for the New Year, and consider the past year and what’s ahead.

  • ‘Grinchy’ Gillum turns attention to real Christmas

    My Christmas dilemma began decades ago when I decided I didn’t need to have a basement under my new house since — or so I though — it would only give me a place to accumulate a lot of seldom-used material.

    So, the space is “three rows” of block short of a basement height.
    Now that I am older and I have become plagued with the nickname of “Three-row Bill,” I find myself grimly digging through piles of material once thought essential to life to locate Christmas decorations long forgotten.

  • OUR OPINION: It’s time to pare down to one big Christmas parade

    Nearly a decade ago, an economic report showed that Knoxville had fallen behind similar-sized regional cities, such as Chattanooga and Lexington, Ky., in part, because of leaders’ clannishness.

    Instead of working together for the good of the city, leaders then were trying to stake out their own little piece of the pie for their own communities or interests

    That situation has improved, and with it, so have Knoxville’s economy and attractiveness.

    We raise this point because we fear the same is true in Roane County.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Ladds in American: 360 years and counting

    As we are approaching the end of this Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Thirteen, we would be remiss were we not to remind all of our fellow kinsmen who rightfully claim descent from John Ladd that this year marks the three hundred and sixtieth anniversary of his arrival on the shores of America, in the colony of Virginia, a short time prior to the 7th day of October, 1653.

  • Guns needed in private hands to protect the peace

    I would like to bring to the public’s attention the following federal statutes:

    1. 10 years — 18 U.S.C./922(G) — for possession of a firearm or ammunition by a felon, fugitive or drug user.

    2. 10 years — 18 U.S.C./922(J) — for possession of a stolen firearm.

    3. 10 years — 18 U>S>C>/922(I) — for shipment or transport of a stolen firearm across state lines.

  • Looseleaf laureate: Be grateful that the truth is more interesting

    I cringe every year at depictions of the first Thanksgiving, with Pilgrims and “the Indians” harmoniously sitting down to break bread together.

    It’s a nice thought, it really is, but it has little to do with truth.

    In 1621, a small group of Pilgrims were celebrating a successful harvest, but the fact that 90 warriors were on hand was not a result of invitation.

    The Wampanoag tribe that is often generically referred to as “the Indians” in the Thanksgiving story has much more interesting — and believable — version.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Bill Landry to sign new book at Rocky Top Gen. Store

    There are times when a person, or group, or nation has the strength, or the authority to do something, but which they shouldn’t do, despite that strength or authority.

    As a result of proceeding when they shouldn’t, the person, group, or nation loses that strength or authority.

    Last week saw this very thing happen in one case, and the wheels begin to turn that may well result in its happening again in another case.

  • Remembers when drug stops were about money

    I read a story last week that could shed some light on meth use in this country.

    I think we are all aware of the civil asset forfeiture law that legislatures passed about 1987, whereby assets gained from criminal activities could be seized.

    The original law was a good law.