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Today's Opinions

  • Less government — or more responsible public officials?

    I keep reading and hearing the saying “we need less government.”

    What are the specifics that this “less government” term refers?

    Are you saying we need fewer regulations on the banking and investment industry?

    Should we eliminate public schools?

    Are we going to stop medical support for those born with disabilities or for our veterans?

    Since Social Security is an “entitlement program,” is that to be eliminated?

    Are we also going to eliminate or privatize our police and prison systems?

  • Why buy goods from abroad that are dangerous to us?

    Arsenic in our food?

    I was watching the news this morning, and I wasn’t surprised to hear that there was something in our food that didn’t belong there.

    They were talking about apple juice but all the food we buy has changed drastically in the last 40 years.

    When I was young fresh produce was a lot different than it is now. Fresh corn on the cob usually had some imperfections in it.

    It wasn’t unusual to find worms in any kind of fresh produce. We just picked them out and kept on eating.

  • Rockwood’s green thumb comes from Rockwood 2000

    A heart-felt thank you to the Rockwood resident who wrote how much she appreciates the flowering troughs on the Rockwood Street bridge.

    Rockwood 2000 purchased and planted them. We are also responsible for the plantings at Homecoming Park on the corner of Rockwood and Front Streets.

    Additionally, over the past five years, we have planted (and maintained) the landscaping at the post office, library, community center, dog pound, veteran’s clinic, and along on Gateway Avenue.

  • Rockwood needs teamwork and maturity, not drama

    Nearly six years ago, apparently I felt full time employment did not consume enough of my life, so I decided to dive into my civic duty — community volunteering.

    As always, I felt our kids needed a venue in our city, to create memories that would bring them back to raise their families (and start businesses).

    Maybe some of the lessons that they would learn from the “old timers” who mostly populate a car show would not hurt them either. So I started Cruise & Classics.

  • The newspaper myth dispelled, once and for all

    By WILLIAM E.N. HAWKINS
    National newspaper week, Oct. 2-8, is a time to celebrate the unique role newspapers play in our society and dispel the myth that they are going away.

    It may be difficult for some to see through the fog of recession and digital disruption, but if you look closely you’ll see that newspapers remain healthy.

    Despite the doomsayers, newspapers are actually growing readership as we find new ways to reach consumers.

    While overall revenues are down, so are expenses and most newspapers remain profitable. 

  • A View from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Is Israel a state or a religion? Jews must decide

    Gentle reader, by the time you read this there may have been action on the application of the Palestinians to the United Nations for recognition as a state, but as it is written the matter has not yet been addressed.

    As you know, the Palestinians will ask the Security Council to be recognized as a sovereign state and admission to the world organization as a member state.

  • Looseleaf laureate by Terri Likens: Sometimes nature comes to you instead

    I’ve spent a lot of weekends away from home this summer.

    I swam in creeks and lakes, bicycled through Cades Cove, kayaked all over the region, hiked to the top of Mount LeConte and back the long way, house boated a couple of times and participated in a multitude of other hikes and rides.

    But on a recent weekend, nice as it was, I knew I needed to stay home and take care of chores.

  • Lack of response could have been the death of her

    I live in the city of Rockwood.

    On July 27, I fell at my home.

    Not knowing what was wrong with me, I called the fire department.

    I told them I had fallen and could not get up, and the person who answered the call said what do you want me to do about it?

    I said I thought they would come and help me up, and they said they didn’t do that and gave me a number to call.

    By then I had lost my eyesight, but I tried to call it. I don’t know who I called.