Today's Opinions

  • Intolerance has no place on pages of newspaper

    Those of us who avidly read the editorial section of this newspaper surely take note of the religious intolerance has once more raised its ugly head on these pages.

    Various branches of Christianity taking shots at one another is sadly a part of our history, spanning the last 2,000 years.

    More disconcerting is the notion that one would be considered ignorant for having  any sort of faith in a higher power, a view that is becoming rampant across the more socialist and “educated” parts of this world.

  • GUEST OPINION: Legislature’s ‘monkey bill’ Trojan horse

    Depending on whose press release you believe, Tennessee’s new science law either promotes “academic freedom” or “allows creationism to be taught in public schools.”

    Enacted on April 10, the legislation instructs school officials not to prohibit teachers from informing students about the “scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses” of “scientific controversies” such as biological evolution.

  • YMCA push should be slowed for second look

    I would like to encourage the city council and those in support of The YMCA to do more research before pushing this.

    I appreciate the fact that Kevin McClure and Tim Neal voted against it.

    I am Kevin’s wife and a local business owner for 17 years. The Y would hurt local businesses. I and my partners employ 31 staff members at Kiddie Korner Daycare & After school program.

    The Y could be devastating to our childcare program, Kay Whaley’s or Tam’s Tots.

  • Largen’s take on priests wrong on many levels

    This letter addresses columnist Gerald Largen’s unwelcomed attack on the authority of the Catholic Church to establish behavioral expectations for its members. His question “How far should we defer to priests’ decisions?” is inappropriate on several levels.

    First, members of the Roman Catholic Church should, in my opinion, at least attempt to follow the tenets of their professed faith, and should be free to do so, unencumbered by laws enacted to force the church or its members to support practices that violate these tenets.

  • New uranium processing facility needed

    Roane County Executive
    Y-12 involves much more than maintaining the nation’s nuclear stockpile.  

    Work completed in the uranium processing facility will include dismantlement and disposition, material recycle and recovery, nuclear nonproliferation, producing fuel for naval reactors, and supplying medical isotopes that will be used in cancer treatment.

    Opponents of the new Y-12 uranium processing facility are simply misleading the public in referring to this facility as a “bomb plant.”  

  • Neal deserves an apology — and her salary back

    I agree with James Stout about the shabby treatment of Kingston City Clerk Eleanor Neal about the mistake which was made in the matter of the tax rate.

    If anyone should have been punished with taking away a month’s salary, it should have been the city manager. It was his responsibility to see to it that such a mistake was not made.

    After all, it is his duty as the city manager to supervise all the things that go out of the office.

  • Guest Opinion: Win for CIA is loss for rest of us

    First Amendment Center
    Governments like to keep things secret. To be fair, some government officials see the benefit of the free flow of information, but governments reflexively tend to keep things from public view, particularly if the information may raise questions about government conduct.

    Of course, our guarantees of freedom of speech and press were instituted in part to keep an eye on people in power.  If we’re to assess effectively how well our public servants are doing their jobs, we need access to information.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Do European elections foreshadow U.S. ones?

    Much of the news the past few days and weeks has originated in Europe, particularly in the European Union and the Euro Zone.
    Three of the more prominent identities mentioned in this European news are the President of France, the Prime Minister and Cabinet of the United Kingdom, and the leaders of the largest news organization, News Corp., Inc., the Murdoch family. Each of these has a lesser or greater connexion with the United States.