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Today's Opinions

  • Blinking lights to warn about police might backfire

    This is a rebuttal to Gene Policinski’s First Amendment Center column last week about how blinking headlights to warn of a police officer ahead may be legal.

    It may be your man-given right, but it is not God’s.

    Are you the type of person who loves to help your fellow man?

    How about that man, woman or teenager who has had too much to drink, or too much in the form of drugs, especially marijuana?

  • School prayer push more about power than it is blessings

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES

    First Amendment Center

    Never say die.

    That must be the motto of politicians, religious leaders and school leaders who keep pushing for state-sponsored prayers in public schools more than 50 years after the Supreme Court struck down the practice as a violation of the Establishment clause of the First Amendment.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET:Now choice GOP criticism is ‘It’s a job killer’

    Few of our readers are as long in the tooth as the old curmudgeon, thus they will not share his recollection of events and conditions over the past seven decades, so it is not amiss for him to point out a few things he has observed on the political scene in that time period.

    For instance, our Republican friends have always had a pretty universal theme, that all loyal members are expected to voice constantly and consistently.

  • Roughed-up family situation cause for alarm for others

    People in our neighborhood were very troubled by Teresa Holt’s letter to the editor a week ago about her family being wrongly cuffed, bruised and roughed up by Kingston and Roane County law enforcement officials.  

    If this family was stopped and mistreated solely on the basis of the color of their car matching a robbery suspect, then anyone could potentially be subjected to such frightening physical and emotional harrassment.  

    By far, most police officers display politeness, kindness and respect to the public during such stops.  

  • Buying vehicles outright is smart move by county

    A good friend, I see by the Roane County News, is running for county commission.  It seems to me he will be joining a good group.

    I was impressed with the decision the commission made to buy school buses outright, rather than borrow money to buy them — thereby saving the interest taxpayers would pay.  

    (I noticed this because I used to be on the school board and knew that they had to replace a certain number of buses each year.)  

    It turns out they’re doing the same thing with the sheriff’s patrol cars.

  • Better education should be priority for all residents

    The time is rapidly approaching when high school seniors will graduate, choose their career paths and plot their directions in life.

    Gov. Bill Haslam has embraced a new program that provides for all students to attend community colleges or technical schools in Tennessee.

    The Roane Writers Group has raised enough funds to award one Roane County senior a $2,500 scholarship plus a $500 cash award.

  • GUEST OPINION: Headlight flash can be free speech issue

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    If you associate the First Amendment more with the rarified air of constitutional debate, or powdered wigs and colonial days, try thinking in more modern terms — say speed traps and blinking headlights.

    For most of us, much of the Bill of Rights comes into play infrequently, if ever.

    A few examples: According to a 2013 survey, only one in three U.S. households are home to a firearm (Second Amendment).

  • Harriman Happenings: Feb. 17

    We wish Ivory Dowdell a speedy recovery from having knee surgery.

    She has been in lots of pain, but at the time of this writing she is feeling much better, and we want you to know you are missed.

    Get-well wishes to the Rev. Clyde Jones, who recently had surgery. Also, to his wife Jessie Bell, who hasn’t felt the best but is doing better.

    To my niece, Courtney Harris, who observed her birthday last Monday, Feb. 10. Hope you had a great day and many more to come. Happy birthday Courtney.