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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST OPINION: Egypt doesn’t have political sense of humor

    Egypt has reportedly arrested a comedian for mocking President Mohamed Morsi, prompting criticism by the U.S. State Department.

    The State Department said the arrest of television personality Bassem Youssef  was “evidence of a disturbing trend of growing restrictions on freedom of expression,” according to Voice of America News.

    The incident stands in contrast to the robust nature of freedom of expression through humor and satire in the United States.

  • We’ll be seeking window seats on unpiloted drone

    Drones will be flying over the USA, and the Federal Aviation Administration is currently preparing to handle this new type of air traffic with fewer operational air traffic control towers.
    Many small airports will lose their towers and controllers soon due to the efforts of the Feds to reduce costs and lower the national debt.
    But that is only the tip of the airship, so to speak, as we consider the very real tendency toward reduced fares in commercial air travel.

  • Price for SROs in every school much too steep

    The tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., prompted many, if not most, schools systems across the country to re-evaluate their safety plans.
    It also has prompted calls from some — including people in Roane County — to dedicate a school resource officer at every school.
    Resource is a key word here. If resources were no object, it would be fine to assign an officer to every one of Roane County’s 17 elementary, middle and high schools.
    We could be even safer and assign an officer to each and every classroom.

  • Here’s one way to make room in closet for big guns

    “...until death do us part.” Then the invitation to, oops ­— “You may kiss ... each other?”
    Ah yes, so romantic and final!
    But at most only 50 percent of marriages in the USA last that long for a multitude of reasons.
    And now we are engaged in a moral struggle with ourselves that challenges an accepted societal norm that has lasted for over two thousand years.
    Suddenly society is being asked to accept “same sex” unions of both sexes and trans-gender couples as marriages, a state prescribed in the Bible.

  • Adding jail cells not the answer to our problem

    Recently, a reader commented that it might be less expensive to taxpayers to just  bail out nonviolent inmates at the county jail rather than pay for food, medical care, lodging and security to hold them for weeks on end.
    We can sympathize.
    Often times, it feels like law-abiding, taxpayers are the real people getting punished  when it comes to the costs of building and maintaining jails.
    We are glad county officials are willing to look more closely at alternatives to lengthy incarcerations.

  • Congress falls short on national security

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center on Congress
    Wherever you stood on Sen. Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster to delay John Brennan’s confirmation as CIA director, or on the Senate’s confirmation hearings for Brennan and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, they all serve as a reminder of just how feeble Congress has proven to be when it comes to foreign policy.

  • GUEST OPINION:When online reviews lead to lawsuits

    By KEN PAULSON
    President, First Amendment Center
    When a Minnesota man felt his family was treated shabbily by a neurologist, he made sure the world knew about it.

    Dennis Laurion posted caustic reviews of Minnesota neurologist David McKee, saying he was insensitive to his father’s needs and claiming that a nurse called the doctor “a real tool.”

    This angered Mc-Kee, who offered his own prescription: a libel suit.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Yager awarded for help with jail overcrowding

    We have not previously published much laudatory verbiage concerning Kentucky’s junior senator, Rand Paul, but his recent accomplishment has shown that he has inherited at least some of his daddy’s political skills. We refer, of course, to his day-long filibuster.