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Today's Opinions

  • Torture is torture: It’s both illegal and wrong

    By DAVID P. GUSHEE
    & WILLIAM S. SESSIONS
    Twenty-five years ago, President Ronald Reagan vigorously championed U.S. ratification of the international Convention Against Torture, which he signed on April 18, 1988.

    Reagan acclaimed it as having marked a significant step in the development of international measures against torture and other inhuman treatment.

  • Support for golf tourney helps educate youth

    On Saturday, June 8, the Avery Trace Chapter, Daughter of the American Revolution, held its 4th Annual Flag Day Golf Tournament at Southwest Point Golf Course.

    The DAR promotes patriotism within our local schools and community, supports our military active duty as well as our veterans and educates American youth in the history of our great country.

  • GUEST OPINION: Crying out loud: When free speech is shouted down

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    So how “free” is free speech, really?

    By law, under the First Amendment, speech is very free. Government can only stop us from speaking, or punish us for what we’ve said, under very limited circumstances.

    Sometimes, those limits on free speech are pretty clear and generally agreed upon. For example, speech that is involved in a criminal act like extortion or blackmail finds no shelter in the First Amendment.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Shouldn't the Tea Party apologize to Obama?

    Ah, gentle reader, it appears that, not for the first time, and probably not for the last, we have succeeded in irritating, if not downright outraging, Mrs. Linda Wimberley, who identifies herself as secretary/vice treasurer of the RCTP, which we assume stands for the Roane County Tea Party.

    This lady’s ire has been roused, her equilibrium has been disestablished, her feelings have been hurt — in short, she’s mad as hell.

  • Looseleaf laureate: Put down that cake and let’s dance

    Weddings have become anything-goes affairs these days. I guess that’s as it should be.

    I attended a fine outdoor ceremony at the Chattanooga Nature Center recently. Guests wore everything from dresses and coats and ties to blue jeans, hiking sandals and untucked shirts.

    And bug spray. Our hosts were thoughtful enough to provide plenty of DEET-infused repellants.

  • Is ship-of-state adrift? Can ‘captain’ sail to safe waters?

    As our ship of state sails away from ill-advised foreign entanglements, her hull battered and holed, her crew war weary, bloodied and ill-paid, the captain scans the distant shore for safe harbor ­— a place to mend her wounds and bind up shattered sails.

  • OUR OPINION: Education Matters! needs our support

    Last month, The Roane Alliance kicked off an effort to save a program that every Roane Countian should embrace.

    The Education Matters! initiative is in danger because of substantial government funding cuts. It needs more support.

    The aim of Education Matters! is to ensure every child in Roane County goes on to a post-secondary school … and does well when they do.

  • LETTER: Bigots wrongly think they can speak for us

    No, racism isn’t dead. It isn’t even sleeping. It is hiding behind closed   doors of houses built with cow’s dung.  It is just as strong and ugly, and it raises its head to announce things, opinions and people it will not tolerate.

    What arrogance to make personal decisions for someone else because their own fragile senses are offended.

    A cereal company had the audacity to include a mixed-race couple with a child in their commercial.

    The cow’s dung house exploded with anger and indignation.