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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST OPINION: ‘Evil little thing’ gets lesson in religious freedom

    By Charles C. Haynes
    First Amendment Center
     At the tender age of 16, Jessica Ahlquist has already endured more verbal abuse than most people experience in a lifetime.

    A high school student in Cranston, R.I., Ahlquist has been taunted and threatened at school, targeted by an online hate campaign, and called “an evil little thing” by a state representative on the radio.

  • Public Notice Week — why you should care

    Should government keep public notices in newspapers?

    There are four words to consider:
    • Government
    • Public
    • Notice
    • Newspapers

    Only one of those words really matters — public.

    The issue of whether government should require the publication of public notices in newspapers is not about anything other than what is in the public’s best interest.

    This issue is not about what is good for government.

    It is not about what is good for newspapers.

  • Letter writer eats a meal of crow after published rant

    I messed up really bad and want to apologize to Roane County Executive Ron Woody. I know he’ll forgive me; he’s a good person.

    I sent in a letter to the editor a week or so ago. I wanted to vent my anger that none of the $43 million or so of the TVA payment to the county was applied to anything actually hurt by the ash spill.

    I was right to do that, but my letter seemed to bash Woody. I knew better than this when I wrote the letter.

  • Corporate ‘personhood’ not new concept

    Some of our local commentators have been ranting quite a bit, in recent months, about evil corporations being able to buy elections for their own sinister ends.

    It is stated this is made possible by a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling commonly called “Citizens United.”

    They claim that ruling bestowed upon corporations complete and full personhood with full rights to participate in our federal elections the same as living and breathing persons. I’m not completely sure, but I don’t think the ruling was exactly that broad.

  • GUEST OPINION: Newspapers best source for public notice

    By FRANK GIBSON
    TPA Public Policy Director
    When the First Congress met in New York City in 1789, the Acts of the First Session required the new government to publish all bills, orders, resolutions and congressional votes in at least three newspapers.

    A few years later, Tennessee adopted its constitution. It requires the legislature to “publish” any amendment approved by the General Assembly, giving notice that the next legislature also will have to vote on it.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Maybe we should ‘occupy’ justices’ lawns!

    Gentle Reader, have you been puzzled, as we have, at some of the remarks the presidential candidates, their adherents, and cohorts on the other side have uttered?

    For instance they seem always to try to work in how they are “hell for leather” to regain our “LOST FREEDOMS.”

    Maybe they have each defined just exactly what these Lost Freedoms are, but, if so, we missed it.

  • Writer likes cost-cutting by DesJarlais

    It appears that unless something changes, as concerning the redrawing of district boundaries, Scott DesJarlais will no longer be the congressman for Roane County after the next election — whether he wins or loses.

    Although I would not be considered a die-hard supporter, I have no real problems with his policies or votes to this point.

    He has been in service to our district for only about a year, and that is probably not long enough to form solid opinions as to how effective he would be or his positions matching to my beliefs.

  • REU crews were quick, courteous during outage

    Thanks to Rockwood Electric Utility work crews!  

    The power went out in the early hours on Friday morning and the temperature in the house dropped to the low 60s. 

    My call to REU brought an immediate phone response from one of the workers, who reported a line was down, but they were already working on it.

    Although the outside temperature was below freezing and the wind was vicious, these guys were on the job — as always.