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Today's Opinions

  • Veteran’s hospital gets this reader’s full support

    I am writing in regard to the proposal that a veterans hospital be located in the buildings vacated by Roane Medical Center in Harriman.

    The city of Harriman should jump at the chance of a veterans hospital being located there.

    The cost to the city of Harriman would be minimal compared to the advantages of hundreds of jobs being created, as well as thousands of veterans being helped.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: How far should we defer to priests’ decisons?

    Gentle reader: In recent days we have witnessed another step in the growing trend on the part of Corporate America to reduce, if not totally eliminate, all service employees.

    We refer to the scene at the checkout area of the Kroger store, a scene duplicated no doubt at Food City, Ingles, and various other emporia.

    These major chain stores have all fallen for the sales pitch on the part of the makers of the self-checkout machinery and bought and installed four, or more, of these atrocities.

  • Student recycling program worthy of five stars

    As student members of Roane County’s Environmental Review Board, we offer hearty congratulations to Rockwood Middle School in their receipt of a donation from Isotek Systems, a subsidiary of EnergySolutions, for implementing and sustaining a recycling program.

    Rockwood Middle School developed a plan to remove paper, cans and plastic from the waste stream destined for the landfill in Dayton. These materials have a beneficial reuse and created a positive return to Roane County.

  • Obama exhibits moral courage on several fronts

    More than 40 years ago, I was lucky enough to land in East Tennessee. I soon learned that Tennessee is the Volunteer State. I liked that then, and I like it even more so now. Volunteers do things on principle, often at considerable inconvenience or risk.

    A man much in the news who is not from Tennessee, but nevertheless has demonstrated moral courage over and over again is our president, Barack Obama.

  • GUEST OPINION: Confederate prom dress doesn’t pass muster

    It’s not often that a prom dress triggers a First Amendment controversy, but a Tennessee high school student’s attire did just that.

    Gibson County High School student Texanna Edwards was turned away from her high school prom on April 21 because she was wearing a dress that bore a striking resemblance to a Confederate flag. According to the Jackson Sun, school administrators viewed the dress as inappropriate and potentially offensive.

  • Nuts & Bolts: A new type of public record coming your way

    Food safety is a big concern – especially at restaurants and public schools where people depend on the care and vigilance of others for the integrity of what we eat.

    I remember, during a vacation in Arizona a few years back, being so sick with food poisoning that I thought I might die alone in my second-floor hotel room.

    I recovered, but some do not. The weakest among us are the most vulnerable to food-related illness.

  • Obama birth debate continues with Joe Arpaio

    You recently had an article titled “Famed Ariz. sheriff holds suspect for Roane.” That sheriff’s name is Joseph Arpaio.

  • Republicans say they just don’t want to be broke

    If I come to Harriman for a visit and need to get a prescription filled at the drug store, what is the one main thing I’ll need? Photo ID.

    Wait, wait! If I’m elderly, minority, disabled or other couch-potato 99 percent, is this not discrimination?

    If I want to buy Sudafed, get on a plane, do banking, see a doctor or even, gentle reader, get a library card what do I need? So what’s the biggie-boo about having photo ID to vote?