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Today's Opinions

  • Harriman Happenings

    Marvin and Anna Anderson of Knoxville observed their 49th wedding anniversary on Nov. 16.

    They were married in Harriman at St. Mary’s Baptist Church among family and friends.

    The couple have three sons, 12 grandchildren and one great-grandson.

    Both retired from X-10 Plant in Oak Ridge. They are faithful members of New Covenant Baptist Church in Knoxville.

    They are former residents of Harriman.

    May they continue to be blessed by the Lord.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Why hasn’t sheriff answered jail questions?

    Gentle Reader, as you will recall, in last month’s column for Friday, the 25th, we raised the issue of the supposed over-population problem in the new jail.

    In that column we posed certain questions, the answers to which we think it is critical that everyone, (especially the people who are going to have to foot the bill for any “corrective measures” that might be proposed, i.e. the Roane County taxpayers,) should have answered.

    These are the general questions we posed:

  • Cold medicine law punishes good people

    The prescription requirement for medicine containing pseudoephedrine is not based in fact.

    Police estimate that near 95 percent of meth comes from Mexico via Atlanta. How would a prescription mandate keep Mexican meth out of Tennessee?

    If people are still able to obtain prescription painkillers to abuse, how can we expect a prescription to keep pseudoephedrine from meth cooks?

  • Why do the innocent people have to pay?

    I was disappointed to hear that Harriman has passed an ordinance to restrict the sale of cold and allergy medicine containing pseudoephedrine.

    Why is it that for every social ill, it is the innocent and honest citizens who have to pay?  

    We are creating a culture of laws that penalizes the innocent masses for the crimes of the minority.  

    This is not a good trend.

  • Tribute to Scott McNew brings mom’s thanks

    I am writing this letter to the Harriman High School and its athletic club in regard to the honor they  bestowed to my deceased son, Scott McNew.

    What a wonderful thing to do!

    Scott was devoted to the athletic system and the school system as a whole.

    He loved all the boys, coaches, principals, his psotters, the quarterback club, PTO and, especially, the announcing system.

  • Rand Paul’s word thefts sparks ire

    Rand Paul, aka Son of Ron or abbreviated SOR to conserve ink, has reached a new low in his public discourse by using plagiarized material in his speeches without acknowledging the authors.

    He is setting a bad example for all students and especially for those Roane County students who are now engaged in writing their entries for the Roane County student writing contest, which completes in early 2014.

    Plagiarism is forbidden in this contest, and entries found to contain plagiarism will be rejected.

  • GUEST OPINION: Privacy issues taking new sets of twists, turns

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    Inside the First Amendment

    Strictly speaking, privacy is not a First Amendment issue. It’s not one of the five freedoms protected by the amendment’s 45 words, and in some cases it even works in opposition to the practical application of those freedoms.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: GOP doesn’t grasp economics, and never will

    Many of the Republicans who are so overwrought on the issue of the national deficit and resulting national debt claim that this is a moral issue.

    In other words, to function on deficit spending and accumulating debt is an immoral activity.

    To some of them it is a sin, bordering on being a crime.