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Today's Opinions

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Can Santa Claus help us through our trials?

    Dear Santa Claus:
    While you have not heard from your friend, the old curmudgeon, in many-a-year, he wishes to join in the requests for your generosity you receive each year from the children and simple folk the world over.

    Santa, if your sack can hold them, please bring to the people of America the following gifts:

    Bring them a Supreme Court that has the commonsense to know that the Founding Fathers did not have in mind the spending of money when they guaranteed the right of free speech.

  • Care at the RMC ER was superb, patient says

    On Tuesday, Dec. 6, I fell down a flight of stairs at my home and suffered an extensive open wound on my left arm which was bleeding profusely.

    From the time I arrived at Roane Medical Center to register for emergency care I was treated with kindness, concern and patience.

    Laura Smith in triage, Austin the nurse and Jennifer King, P.A. who expertly placed 23 stitches in my arm, were above the best.

    I cannot recall the names of the other ER and X-ray staff members, but my appreciation extends to all.

  • Harriman Gardens refugees give thanks after fire

    We are writing this letter to thank everyone who helped during the fire at Harriman Gardens.

    Thank God for letting everyone get out of the burning building that could have easily been fatal to everyone living there.

    Thanks to the firefighters who got everyone out of the building safely. They showed caring and compassion while ensuring everyone’s safety.

    The Red Cross that provided food and shelter when we were displaced. They immediately provided cots and tried to make our stay as comfortable as possible.

  • OUR OPINION: Kudos to nine county officials who get it

    We couldn’t be more proud of the nine Roane County Commission members who carried the vote against a measure that could  greatly increase secrecy in government proceedings.

    Remember these names: County Commissioners Nick Forrester, Copper Bacon, Ron Berry, Ray Cantrell, Benny East, Randy Ellis, Jerry Goddard, Carolyn Granger and Stanley Moore voted “no” to giving their backing to a proposed change to state law that would allow members of a governing body to meet in private — as long as a quorum is not present.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Nerdy Laureate ponders on artifacts

    At the top of the stairs in my uncle’s house, a dusty bobcat once stood guard.
    It was stuffed — taxidermied — its lips drawn back in a frozen snarl, and its big feet braced for a fight it had already lost.
    In my growing-up years, this silent siren had the power to draw me and my cousins in fascination en masse up the staircase — and, when we were alone with it, to repel us in fear.
    Bobcats still exist in the wild, although I have never seen one.
    Some creatures simply are no more.

  • Nurture children, head off bullies for better place for all

    Recently, a program aired on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” about a family who lost a 10-year-old child to suicide related to bullying.

    The family has started an organization called, “Stand Together.”

    That’s a great idea but I hope it will be more than a slogan. I hope that all reasonable people will take it to heart and actually stand up for another human being if they witness behavior which they know is wrong.

    When we see another person being bullied, intimidated, or harassed, we should do something!

  • Will our situation in Iraq revert to what happened in Iran?

    Listening to the evening television newscast left me with mixed feelings about our exodus from Iraq.

    Nine years of combat that began with the so-called “Shock and Awe” bombardment, the ground campaign and the years of bloody battles to neutralize the remaining opposition have finally resulted in a national election and a quasi government for Iraq.

    The last of our combat troops are loading up and pulling out for Christmas in the United States, leaving only 17,000 CIA, FBI and embassy staff scattered around Iraq in so-called U.S. Embassy compounds.

  • Avoid the pinch of holiday gift-buying

    With just a few shopping days left until Christmas, the malls are full of last minute shoppers looking for just the perfect gift — or maybe any gift — for the special people on their list.