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Today's Opinions

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Shocking results of poll of racial attitudes

    Well, gentle reader, we near the end of another quadrennial collision over who should be the chief executive of this great republic, and all the pundits and prognosticators unanimously agree that it’s too close to call.

    Maybe so, and maybe not.

  • High wind topples crane, but leaves are another matter

    I watched a nine-story-high steel construction crane above a skyscraper in New York as the wind lifted it to vertical and then forced it to topple over and hinge downward until its tip crashed against the structure 80 stories above a Manhattan street.

    The TV reporter said that Hurricane Sandy’s wind speed was over 100 mph at that height.
    Today I used a leaf blower with a wind force rating of 130 mph to blow leaves from my decks and patio.

    I noticed that the 130-mph wind often couldn’t move a leaf from a crack or a corner.

  • Voting for person – not party – best course of action

    Recent newscasts were terrible. There were complaints from hospitals about having to re-admit senior patients to hospitals.

    Some senior patients have mini-strokes and maybe in a week have another. It makes me shudder.

    One day the Democrats are blaming the Republicans, and the Republicans are blaming the Democrats.

    I do not consider myself being either. I have to vote more for the person instead of the party. I have voted for a Democrat and also for a Republican in the same election for different folks.

  • GUEST OPINION: Free speech or threat? It can be tough call

    A white supremacist faces sentencing for soliciting violence against a juror after a federal appeals court in Chicago decided that even though he never openly asked for anyone to kill or harm the person, his online posts were clear enough.

    The decision is another reminder that although the government cannot successfully prosecute a person, or a court send them to jail, because of mere ideas, the time, place and manner in which a person speaks — or even their intended audience — makes a difference.

  • Artificial cave could save Tenn. bats

    By CORY HOLLIDAY
    The Nature Conservancy
    Halloween conjures frightening images of bats emerging from dark caves looking for human blood.

    In reality, as the trick-or-treating begins, bats are settling into caves where they’ll hibernate for the winter and face something far scarier.

    White-nose syndrome, a deadly disease caused by the fungus Geomyces destructans, affects hibernating bats and has killed more than 5.5 million across 19 states since 2006.

  • Justice, divine or human, seeks to make things right

    Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s statement that if a woman becomes pregnant because of rape, “It is something God intended,” is a sad comment.

    It implies that the rapist should go free since he was doing what God intended him to do.

    If someone stole Mourdock’s car, would he say, “Don’t try to get the car back, it is something God intended?”

    Justice, human or divine, seeks to make things right.

  • Calfee’s slip-up may be rooted in previous ideology

    The first time I read in the Roane County News candidate Kent Calfee’s statement about why he said he would serve the liberal cause, I decided to remain silent.

    However, today (Oct. 29), when I again read Calfee’s claim that prior to his pledging to support the liberal cause he had “just been talking about some of the West Tennessee liberals and making a comparison” that lead to the “slip up,” I realized I had to speak out.  

  • GUEST OPINION: Mug shot sites show complexity of freedom, law

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    You can’t put a price on justice — but some are trying to charge a fee to fix what others call an injustice.

    There’s nothing good about getting arrested, even if the charges are dismissed or you’re found innocent at trial. The same goes for having a “mug shot” — a photo made at a jail or holding area — taken and filed with a county lockup or police department, complete with ID information.