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Today's Opinions

  • Kingston didn’t need building — or tax increase

    We read your positive view of Kingston City Council’s decision to borrow $2 million and buy a new city hall.

    You are correct about the bargain sale price and that the city can easily borrow the money at low interest rates.

    However, we disagree adamantly that the reasons for buying justify the unprecedented borrowing and subsequent tax hike.

    To indebt the city $2 million so a handful of city employees may enjoy bigger, nicer offices and so council can luxuriate in magnificent new council chambers is folly.

  • GUEST OPINION: United States walks walk on free speech

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    At the height of the controversy over the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act debate, critics of the bills described them as an assault on Internet freedom and the subversion of the First Amendment.

    The advocates had a point. The proposed laws were arguably overbroad, and we should all be very careful before we give government greater latitude in shutting down websites.

    Still, it’s striking to see what a real attack on Internet freedom looks like.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Even in 1800, some wanted fair treatment for workers

    We have been reading a 1965 biography of Henry Addington by Philip Ziegler, which has rested on our shelves for several years.
    Addington, a contemporary of the Younger Pitt, Canning, Castlereagh, Liverpool, and other leading lights of the first years of the Nineteenth Century, was for years Speaker of the House of Commons, then for 3 or 4 years King George III’s Prime Minister, and from 1812 to 1821 was Home Secretary.

  • Got any good news? Writer wants to hear it

    I hate to keep writing negative letters to the editor, but I haven’t seen or heard anything positive to be happy about; therefore, I would like to comment on some recent articles in the paper.
    County officials seemed very happy that the Volkswagen distribution center that is locating in our county.
    That’s well and good, but they neglected to say what, if any, incentives (land, tax breaks, etc) were given to this rich company that the hardworking taxpayers of Roane County will be paying.
    That seems to be the going thing these days.

  • Journalists’ work as watchdogs unquestionable

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    There’s a running joke among journalists that they went into the news business because they didn’t do well in math.
    As a longtime journalist who struggled with freshman algebra, I can relate.
    Still, even those of us with anxiety about numbers have come to embrace the investigative value of data.
    Number-crunching and access to public records drive some of the news media’s most powerful and important reporting, including these examples from the past year:

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Stress over shingles has nothing to do with roof

    The tornado outbreaks a couple of Fridays back left a lot of us with a bad case of nerves — but mine was a little different.
    As I headed home to pack for a dash to my boyfriend’s house in Hamilton County, I began to feel an annoying itch on my neck.
    I looked in the mirror and could see blotchy red spots rising. I made a mental note not to scratch, threw my bags in the car and did my best to dodge storms as I headed south.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Is Romney a secret socialist, or does he lie?

    Gentle reader, as you have listened to former Mass. Gov. Romney, tell us all how he is going to cure all of the maladies from which he perceives the body politic to be suffering, has it ever struck you that under our Constitution, laws, and precedents, no one can make all these things happen without summarily seizing, confiscating, or otherwise taking over every aspect of private enterprise currently existing in our great republic?

  • Great kindness by anonymous donor deeply appreciated

    We would like to thank the anonymous donor who helped our family with the funeral expenses in the death of our 2-day-old daughter, Judith Mary Anne.
    To that person or persons who we only know as “friends,” there really aren’t words to express how much your gift meant to our family.
    May God bless and keep you for your kindness (Matthew 10:42 and Mark 9:41).
    Everett and Carol Phillips and family
    Kingston