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Today's Opinions

  • Looseleaf Laureate: The waiting room – an emotional rollercoaster

    Thanks to a tennis accident, a massive blood clot in my leg,  a bout with cancer, a bum gall bladder and a few other health issues, I’ve spent more time than I care to recall in and around hospitals.
    So when my mother went in last week for surgery to relieve compression on her spine, I jokingly told her, “Better you than me.”
    Later, as I sat alone for hours in the surgery waiting room, I decided she had the easier role.

  • Phone call – it’s for you, County Atty. Tom McFarland

    How does one get a return telephone call from the County Attorney Tom McFarland?
    I have called his office from Nov. 26 to Nov. 30, (5 days) and left a message for him to please call me.
    As of Dec. 4 I still haven’t received a return telephone call.
    Sharon M. Brown
    Rockwood

  • Time for hate-spewing billboard to come down

    On my daily travels up and down the roads across the South, I’ve seen billboards and signs everywhere.
    I have noticed the Roane County Tea Party sign on Interstate 40 near the Industrial Park: “America or Obama, you can’t have both.”
    I’m sorry to say that it’s time to take down the sign; I have America and President Obama.
    I have America to thank that a bunch of hatemongers was not going to influence what America was really about by putting signs that spewed hatred up along the interstate.

  • Now engaged in great social war, loss of republic

    A “funny” thing happened while we were napping — we lost our Republic.
    Usually on this special day (Thanksgiving) we speak to and honor the founding documents and their inspired speeches of the greatest nation on earth.
    But those documents have been systematically shredded and we find ourselves gripped in a progressive nightmare beyond our comprehension.

  • The donkey has brayed — heed the warning

    I missed the TV coverage of the meeting between the president’s representative and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
    The talking heads on CNN and
    MSNBC made reference to McConnell’s exhibit of levity as he reviewed the contents of the proposal offered by President Obama.
    I can’t quite get my mind around the picture of the stone-faced McConnell actually laughing a Phyllis-Diller cackle at the president’s expense.

  • Largen gets it right on hospital, remembrances

    Gerald Largen’s Thanksgiving column was excellent.  He gave thanks for friends and mentioned Hal Jones who had recently passed away. 
    My wife, Jean, and I also remember Hal, whom we knew though his sister, Selma Myers.
    Gerald also put forth a cogent explanation of concern about the possibility of the soon to be vacated Harriman hospital being taken over by the Veterans Administration. 
    It was much better stated than my sort of similar thoughts.
    Jim Leitnaker
    Kingston

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Bravely done, Liz Holiway, we’re proud of you

    We have several topics we wish to touch on briefly today, but it is most orderly to address the long running topic, or soap opera, of Dr. Scott DesJarlais.

    We have in the past called attention to the fact that this man’s conduct while bearing the official designation of Republican Representative in the Congress serves to besmirch the reputation of the Grand Old Party almost as much as that of the doctor himself.

    It has been plain that he presents himself as the duly elected Republican from the 4th district.

  • GUEST OPINION: Petraeus affair reminds us how little is private

    BY GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    National attention to the Petraeus affair is driven by everything from morbid curiosity to concern for national security. But for most of us, issues of privacy and the First Amendment also should take center stage.

    As shown by the FBI’s relatively quick trip through the online missives of Gen. David Petraeus’ trysts, not much — if any — of our electronic communication is genuinely “private,” not even for the director of the world’s largest spy agency.