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Today's Opinions

  • Rotary Club offers thanks for the help of many

    The Rotary Club of Kingston would like to thank all the individuals and families who attended for their support.

    Thanks also go to the following businesses and individuals who showed their support by purchasing table sponsorships and donating items:

  • Our Opinion: Tweets and courts really can co-exist

    Twitter has become a tool of the trade for America’s journalists, but judges are grappling with how to deal with the messaging in courtrooms.

    According to an article by the Associated Press, “the micro-blogging site is increasingly putting reporters on a collision course with judges who fear it could threaten a defendant’s right to a fair trial.”

    We’ve been down this path before, most notably with television.

  • Lions pancake fundraiser most successful ever

    The residents of Roane County have again demonstrated their great generosity by their support of the Kingston Lions pancake breakfast on March 31. More than 200 people attended. We thank them and the many people who purchased tickets as a contribution.  
    We also thank Kingston Food City, Kroger, Piggly Wiggly, Reily Foods (JFG), United Grocery Outlet and Walmart for donating, or providing at reduced cost, the materials used for the breakfast so that our financial income was maximized.  

  • Hurley dog incident gives some paws for thought

    By MARTHA M. LAFFERTY

    On March 19, state Rep. Julia Hurley entered the Roane County Courthouse with her Chinese crested dog, “Pepper.”

    When court officials noticed her dog tagging behind on his leash, they proceeded to evict her from the courthouse.

     In the aftermath of this incident, comments regarding Rep. Hurley’s actions and information regarding service animal requirements flooded the media.

  • Swiss version of ObamaCare doing great job there

    The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. “ObamaCare”) is now front and center on the  American political stage.

    Many people are outraged about the “individual mandate” — that is, the provision that everyone not already covered by health care insurance (by their employers, for example, or by the military, Medicare, or private insurance) must buy insurance, with financial aid for those who cannot afford it.  

  • OUR OPINION: ‘Tweetness’ of win no reason to ban Twitter

    By KEN PAULSON

  • Guest Opinion: Will Rockwood show horse sense on crossing?

    Since September 2010, the Roane County Executive’s Office has used a system of management called a 5-Point Star System.

    It identifies five main topics that are the primary focus of the administration.

    Over the last 20 months, some topics have been added and deleted over time, and some are still the focus of our administration. Go to www.roanegov.org and link to county executive’s office to see the progression of the 5-Point Star System.  

  • Let’s stop the pain of unnecessary use of painkillers

    I have decided to write this letter to allow the readers of this newspaper to better understand the pain families deal with because of the negligence of some doctors here and elsewhere who prescribe pain killers as if they are handing out vitamins.

    Most people do not know who these local doctors are, but those of us who have a family member who has become an addict know.

    Law enforcement knows.