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Today's Opinions

  • Woman’s vote is a legacy that can enact change

    By PATRICIA PIERCE
    On Aug. 26, 1920, 92 years ago, women’s right-to-vote became law after Tennessee’s pivotal ratification of the 19th Amendment.

    Although it is not well known, Aug. 26 of each year since 1971 has been proclaimed a day of commemoration by U.S. presidents to celebrate the anniversary of women winning the right to vote and to serve as a “symbol of the continued fight for equal rights.”

  • Gillum has a deal for Largen — on a contingency basis

    The article detailing Gerald Largen’s woes concerning unauthorized mowing occurring on his property reminded me that I might have a valid basis to bring suit against my next-door neighbor who uses a mowing service that routinely cuts some of my grass.

    It is handy for them because it allows for easier turning on a steep incline.

    But until I read the article about Mr. Largen’s suit in Chancery Court claiming a quarter million in damages for mowing a tiny strip of grass and weeds I had no idea I might be sitting on a goldmine of legal recourse.

  • GUEST OPINION: Copying music without paying does in artists

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    Nashville’s Craig Carothers is a singer-songwriter whose livelihood depends on concerts and CD sales. Yet sometimes, his biggest fans make that job tougher.

    “I’ve had the experience more than once of having someone come up to me and — completely pure of heart — excitedly tell me they bought copies of my CDs when I was last in town and they enjoyed them so much they made copies for 15 or so of their friends,” said Carothers.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: The election will be referendum on Medicare

    Gentle reader, as we were recently reviewing our notes for possible articles, which we drew up some several weeks ago, we found that we had written this: Should we have a great national referendum on the question of whether we want to continue with the Social Security programme and the Medicare programme?

  • OUR OPINION: Lee should step down from Rockwood board

    Roane County businessman William Edward “Eddie” Lee, who recently pleaded guilty to more than $280,000 in sales tax evasion, should step down from Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board,

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts described Lee, the owner of a few convenience stores and tobacco shops, as a fine fellow.

    Watts said he did not know how Lee’s plea would affect his seat on the board.

    All we know is Lee was keeping hundreds of thousands of dollars that should have gone to the government for himself.

  • Schools buses safer vehicle for school-bound kids

    By DAVID SILVEY
    According to the American School Bus Council, school buses are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in avoiding crashes and preventing injury. Today, as compared to years ago, school buses are built with safety in mind. In fact, a study by the U.S. Department of Transportation states that children are safer riding the bus to and from school than being driven in a car by an adult. When you are sharing the road with school buses, follow these tips.

  • Flea products are not equal, but some are safe

    Let me start by saying how sorry I am for the loss of Mr. Gibson’s beloved cat, as described in the Aug. 15 letter to the editor.  

    I do not personally know Mr. Gibson, but I know how incredibly difficult when anyone loses a beloved family member.  My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this difficult time.

    However, scientific evidence does not support his conclusion.  

  • Alpha House seeks to minister to whole person

    This is a letter to the East Tennessee area, especially the Anderson County community at large, and all churches within the scope of this paper.

    I have several questions for those pondering what they can do for the betterment of our community to combat the rampant moral depravity that is sweeping the entire nation.

    It seems we cannot turn on the television without encountering another horror story about a berserk madman shooting people in a public place.

    Crime is on the rise, and, in turn, our jails are full.

    Who is committing these crimes?