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Today's Opinions

  • Who pays for TVA lawsuit damages? You get one guess

    I’d like to comment on the Dec. 21 newspaper article concerning new lawsuits against TVA for the ash spill.
    I thought it was pretty well established that property values actually increased, some more than 100 percent, after the spill, according to our state and local officials.
    It was also said sales were good on 2009. The TV airways are absolutely bombarded with commercials urging viewers to hire “them” to get “them” what “they” “deserve.”
    Some commercials even have heavenly music in the background.

  • Caution needed when religion, schools collide

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    I remember being called down to the principal’s office at my public high school in spring 1972.
    No, I wasn’t in trouble.
    When I arrived there, I was handed a phone and told to call the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. They had a question for me.
    “Are you Christian?” came the inquiry over the phone.
    It seems that I’d been nominated as a Fellowship of Christian Athletes high school athlete of the year and my times on the track were not enough to shore up my nomination.

  • Attack on Obama not just politics as usual, writer says

    I wonder what someone has slipped into the Tea Party’s namesake drink that caused the co-chair of that august though neophyte party in Roane County to pen the vitriolic letter to the editor that appeared in the Roane County News on Dec. 28.
    In that opinion piece, he asserts the following;
    1. President Obama blames capitalism for the poor performance of the economy.
    2. Obama has assaulted capitalism for three years.
    3. Obama ignores the rule of law, the Constitution and Congress

  • Another takes issue with recent Tea Party letter

    President Obama is the title he holds and deserves to be addressed as, not agitator or dictator.
    The United States went through, very painfully I may add, eight years of Republican “bliss!”
    President Obama walked into and accepted with dignity and honor this horrible job that was left to him by a Republican president.
    Yet, you choose to condemn his efforts... why?
    The Democratic party is not responsible for this tragedy from the previous eight years.

  • ‘Sustainable’ Roane County the right move

    From out of the ashes, the phoenix rises.
    While that comes from ancient mythology, there are plenty of examples of great good coming from terrible tragedy.
    Take the Great Chicago Fire that wiped out that then-slapped-together stockyard town in 1871.
    With planning and effort, from the ashes of those wooden buildings rose great skyscrapers and examples of architectural advancement that are still marvels today.
    What does all this have to do with Roane County?

  • ANOTHER VIEW BY LEE HAMILTON: Add civility and civic skills to new year goals

    This is a season of giving, good cheer, and forbearance.
    Too bad that, as the political season begins in earnest with the turn of the year, all those fine sentiments will become just a memory.
    So maybe, as we jot down our New Year’s resolutions, we could add this one: “Every action done in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those that are present.”
    And then let’s hope that our political leaders add it to their lists, too.

  • Right to petition an oft-forgotten freedom element

    By TIFFANY VILLAGER
    First Amendment Center
    The “right of the people … to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” the last freedom of the First Amendment, is the most forgotten freedom.
    Each year when the First Amendment Center commissions its State of the First Amendment survey, petition is the freedom few can name (only 6 percent in 2010).
    Why is the right of petition the forgotten freedom when it has deep historical roots?

  • Christmas spirit alive and well in Rockwood, Roane

    As a pastor, I believe in publicly acknowledging acts of kindness. This especially must be done when those random acts of kindness come in a cluster.