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Today's Opinions

  • Suicide death victims have place in Heaven, too

    On May 31, I was at Roane Medical Center to be with my husband, Doug, who was hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer.

    I saw Bina Kirby, sister of J.T. Woods, standing outside the elevators from the emergency room. There were several family members with her as she was crying for the loss of her brother.

    I hugged her and told her that I would be praying for her and her family in this, a family’s most horrific time, a suicidal death.

  • Lions Club roars out its thanks to many people

    The Harriman Lions Club recently completed a most successful “World’s Greatest Pancake Breakfast.” We have many folks to thank for making this effort a success.  

    We thank  Mary Long and Bobby Webb at Harriman Steak and Diner for providing their restaurant and kitchen facilities.  Next, our thanks go to many of their staff who volunteered their Saturday time off to help us: Jerrecce Hacker, Gary Webb, Ray Page, Charlie Reynolds and Tammie Smith.  

  • GUEST OPINION: Passionate debate on ideology a good thing in schools

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    No doubt it’s more efficient to run a school without any disruption, complaint or controversy.

    But does an absence of challenges, conflicts or intellectual collisions automatically make a school better? Make teaching more effective?

    Learning any more likely to occur?

    James Yoakley, an 11th-grade English teacher at Lenoir City High School in eastern Tennessee, was transferred recently to Lenoir City Middle to teach eighth-grade English — in a move that

  • The Big Easy fights hard for newspaper

    Shortly after I wrote a column celebrating esteemed investor Warren Buffet’s purchase of a major newspaper chain, some  less heartening news about  the newspaper business followed.

    The publishers of the daily New Orleans newspaper, The Times-Picayune, announced plans to cut publication to three days a week.

    The Roane County News publishes three times a week, but it is in a small community and smaller advertising market.

    In New Orleans, readers, community leaders and even advertisers are not taking this change lying down.

  • Striping of Winton Chapel Road nice safety measure

    My sincere thanks to the highway department for striping Winton Chapel Road.

    This winding secondary road carries lots of summertime traffic, especially construction vehicles, cars towing boat trailers, campers, supply trucks and visitors to the Boy Scout camp.

    The previous markings were either very light or nonexistent, causing some who were unfamiliar with the road to take a middle-of-road route.

    I appreciate the obvious lane markings as a safety measure for those who live along this road.

    Mrs. Pat Wright
    Rockwood
     

  • U.S. Marshal’s Service best bet with Houstons

    An open letter to the Roane County sheriff:
    I read recently that the Houstons have been levied with a multi-million dollar penalty. I don’t presume to know their next step, but having served in law enforcement, I can quickly surmise what is coming next for the  sheriff’s office.

    I would like to suggest an alternative option to training and amassing  equipment for a tactical operation to remove them from their property should they not appeal or find another recourse.

  • GUEST OPINION: Reflections on the toppling of the Berlin Wall

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Monuments to freedom and liberty generally come as things — marble statues, carved granite slabs — that are meant to last for the ages.

    But on June 12, let’s pause to remember a monument noteworthy because it no longer exists: the Berlin Wall. As we do, let’s also recall and celebrate the monumental words spoken 25 years ago that helped spur its destruction.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Why do some insist that progress is bad news?

    Gentle reader, as we are sure you are aware, The Sky is Falling, The World is Ending, Armageddon is Here and the Lord is Losing, and besides all that, Elvis is Dead!

    All this gloom, doom, death, and disaster is the inescapable conclusion to be drawn from the talk of the “Chattering Class” to be heard on the mass media in the last few days.