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Today's Opinions

  • Alert police could have averted tragedy

    “The best laid plans of mice and men....”

    Boston’s lesson can be summed up this way: many hundreds of volunteers, law enforcement officers and untold numbers of undercover agents WITH many guns and lots of firepower failed to do their only job.

    The brazen act of a terrorist, or terrorists, either deranged or motivated by an as-yet unknown agenda, ravaged the Boston Marathon runners and supporters with a common type of crude bomb. Could even more guns on site have prevented this tragedy?

  • GUEST OPINION: States’ Ag-Gag bill should make us all feel sick

    By KEN PAULSON
    President, First Amendment Center

    Imagine Upton Sinclair with an iPhone.

    Sinclair went undercover in 1904 to document squalid conditions in Chicago’s meatpacking plants, leading to his muckraking novel The Jungle.

    His reporting led to new public health laws two years later.

    In today’s social media world, Upton’s expose would have gone viral.

    Sure, we would have lost a classic book, but just consider the retweets.
    That possibility unsettles some in the agriculture industry.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Debate over future of TVA returns to the fore

    There are times, gentle reader, when we recall fondly a saying often uttered by the great Will Rogers: “All I know is just what I read in the newspapers.”

    In this electronic age, Rogers would probably amend this statement, as we do, to say “All I know is just what I read in the newspaper, or what I hear on the television,” which is your humble servant’s position.

  • Looseleaf laureate: Badminton-bee game not all that fun

    It’s spring, and the buzz around my neighborhood right now involves carpenter bees and what to do about them.

    For years, I’d adopted a live-and-let-live attitude, leaving the bee battling to my fierce red heeler, Merlin. In his younger days, he used to put on quite the air show, leaping, twisting, snapping and snarling at the bees, who you could almost hear snicker as they gyrated in the air just out of reach.

    In recent years, I’ve noticed the carpenter bee holes in the framework of my big shed beginning to expand.

  • Senate allows dangerous gun loophole to stand

    My fellow Americans,
    Now, this is what American independence is all about.

    This week, the Senate rejected extending background check requirements for gun purchases to gun shows and Internet sales.  

  • GUEST OPINION: College should respect right to put out fliers

    A student at Des Moines Area Community College is challenging the school’s limits on leafleting on First Amendment grounds.

    Jacob Dagel has filed a lawsuit in federal court contending that the school’s restrictions on distributing fliers violates his free speech rights, according to the Des Moines Register.

    The college requires a 10-day notice and limits distribution of leaflets to a single hallway in the student services center.

  • Interest in potential sale of TVA ‘amazing’

    By ERNEST NORSWORTHY
    Limited Government
    In the years of writing about the TVA, I have never seen such interest, pro or con, in the possible sale of TVA.

    From Bangor to San Francisco to Paris (Tennessee) and London, there are articles written about Obama’s view of selling what once was a sacred Democratic pearl.

    TVA, a vestige of FDR’s New Deal, has existed and has been challenged for 80 years.

    Defending TVA has cost ratepayers millions in legal defenses; billions in wasted or misspent ratepayer dollars that are down the drain.

  • Thanks ... and new bell ringer meetings TBA

    To those who gave of their time and effort to serve as volunteer bell ringers, the Salvation Army of Roane and Morgan Counties Service Unit Committee wishes to publicly express its gratitude and appreciation.

    Such noble service deserves public recognition and a heartfelt thank you.

    Announcement of the bell ringers organizing meeting for the upcoming holiday season will be made later this year.

    Gary V. Evans
    Kingston