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Today's Opinions

  • Consolidation of schools? Writer doesn’t like idea

    The school board has mentioned it is planning a study on school consolidation.  

    Consolidation is not a good idea in my opinion. Say Rockwood High was closed and then we had to bus high school students to Kingston where a larger high school was build.

    A lot of new families moving to Roane County would probably not move to Rockwood if they had to bus their children to Kingston  and so would live in Kingston or wherever there was a high school.  

  • Wish we could all turn $10 into $40 like initiative did

    The 2013 Pro2Serve Challenge for Roane Imagination Library has drawn to a very successful close.  

    Approximately 100 businesses and individuals in the county took to heart the challenge of raising $7,500, an amount to be matched by Pro2Serve.

    That amount would be matched once again by the Governor’s Books From Birth Foundation.  

    That’s right, a donation of $10 turned into $40.

  • GUEST OPINION: Rights for religious same for those who believeth not

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Government in America must be neutral among religions and neutral between religion and non-religion — at least that’s how the U.S. Supreme Court interprets the establishment clause of the First Amendment.

    But escalating conflicts involving government treatment of the nonreligious — atheists and humanists — reveal that far too many government officials are confused and conflicted about the meaning of “neutrality.”

  • Mammoth hazard lurks for those who boat at night

    A terrible fatal boating accident on the Hudson River recently reminded me of the close calls I have had with the dark hulks called barges.

    Drunk, under the influence or stone-cold sober, the operators of these commercial barges are dangerous to captains of small craft and extremely so when boating at night near the lights of a city.

    On a dark night, the outlines of the sides of the barges being pushed are without lights of any kind.

  • GUEST OPINION: Fear after violent incidents imperils our core liberties

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    At various times, every American likely has wished for less of some things that the First Amendment protects.

    Less hateful speech. One less noisy protest group. Or maybe even the swift departure of a media outlet or personality whose stance or voice is just grating on a personal level.

    But for the most part, those wishes come and go – or the targets do, as media fortunes or political trends wax and wane.

  • Schools director says pricey bags won’t be ordered

    I would like to explain the confusion over the “bag” issue that has occurred with the school system. 
    These bags WERE NOT ORDERED AND WILL NOT BE ORDERED BY THE SYSTEM. 
    It has always been the procedure of the courthouse to call when they receive a questionable requisition from different departments. 
    They will then send the requisition back for review.  I did not receive a call on this requisition. It was sent to the newspaper instead of calling me. 

  • Bag-gate shows time for change on school board

    The proposed purchase of two $585 mailbags is just a sample of the wasteful spending of the school board, and they seen to be untroubled by this expense. The post office will furnish bags for free. Makes us wonder what more they are wasting tax payer dollar on.
    Roane County News did a wonderful job in reporting this — many thanks. It is definably time for a change on the school board.
    Roane County School Board asked the County Commission for a tax increase. The School Board just can’t operate within a budget. 

  • American-made motorcycle bags cheaper, sturdier

    Roane County School’s requisition to purchase mailbags to transfer school and courthouse mail at a cost of $1,170.00 is asinine. 
    Essentially, they are asking to spend $585 per bag for the equivalent of two Harley Davidson saddle bags, and they probably won’t be sewn as well as regular Harley Davidson products.
    My family and I grew up in the textile business, and my brother still runs the leather goods company that makes a percentage of Harley’s leather goods.