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Today's Opinions

  • How big? An unresolvable argument

    By LEE H. HAMILTON
    A few weeks ago, in his second inaugural speech, President Obama waded into the longest-running argument our history offers.
    “Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time,” he said, “but it does require us to act in our time.”
    He had just laid out a rationale for government action on infrastructure, protecting the security and dignity of people, climate change, inequality, the strength of arms and the rule of law.

  • Lone Star State gets failing grade for Bible courses

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional the devotional use of the Bible by public schools, in its ruling on Abington Township v. Schempp.
    But many school districts in the Lone Star State still haven’t gotten the message, according to a report released last month by the Texas Freedom Network entitled “Reading, Writing and Religion.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: What mischief will state legislature produce?

    There used to be a saying concerning state legislatures to the effect that no man’s life nor property was safe as long as the legislature was in session.

    That saying could never have been more appropriate than now, in the state of Tennessee.

  • Secretary of State Clinton did right by the country

    In response to Lance Douglas’ letter printed here on Feb 1, I have to agree with everything he wrote except for the following:
    1. No, even if the ambassador’s name had been Gillum, I would not have felt differently regarding Hillary’s sensitivity.

    Instead, I would have wondered why the ambassador didn’t exercise good judgment and, exercising his authority, depart the outpost in Benghazi until security, adequate to the situation, was in place.

  • Speeding ticket complaint a case of sour grapes

    Charlie Smith was just caught breaking the law, and Smith’s rant in the Roane County News’ Feb. 1 edition of Our Readers Write was just sour grapes.  

    The legal posted speed of 55 mph on Gallaher Road is plenty fast enough, especially at night.

    Smith was more than likely going faster than 70 mph, as most police officers are apt to  forgive a few miles and give you a break on a ticket.  

    As for being ashamed of Tennessee, Smith should try pulling the same stunt in Mississippi.

  • GUEST OPINION: Inaugural prayers now weathervane

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Prayers delivered at presidential inaugurations are rarely quoted and quickly forgotten (at least in the earthly realm).

    But in today’s deeply divided America, who prays the prayers – and who doesn’t – is fast becoming a religio-political weathervane pointing in the direction cultural winds are blowing.

  • More gun control? Now not the time

    Washington is ablaze regarding gun control legislation. The president and vice president have a legislative package they want to push through.

    Dianne Feinstein wants the assault weapons ban renewed. In my opinion, this is not the time for sweeping change.

    There are many who might support better background checks, smaller clips, mental health checks or something.

    However, new legislation will have little popularity with this president leading the charge.

  • More gun control? Now not the time

    Washington is ablaze regarding gun control legislation. The president and vice president have a legislative package they want to push through.

    Dianne Feinstein wants the assault weapons ban renewed. In my opinion, this is not the time for sweeping change.

    There are many who might support better background checks, smaller clips, mental health checks or something.

    However, new legislation will have little popularity with this president leading the charge.