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Today's Opinions

  • Tennessee jail does right by First Amendment

    By DAVID L. HUDSON
    First Amendment Center
    Jail officials in Sumner County did not violate the First Amendment rights of a former inmate when they prohibited him from wearing a kufi, or Islamic head covering, a federal magistrate judge said recently.

    Horatio D. Burford contended that during his time in the Sumner County jail, officials denied him the right to wear the kufi, citing a general ban on head coverings.

  • Be careful what you feed your dog; this one nearly died

    I live in Kingston and want to make pet owners aware of potential dangers of feeding their pets chicken treats. Some of them are made in China and have unknown contaminants in them.

    I have a toy Pomeranian and thought chicken jerky would be as good as it gets for a treat. My little girl nearly died.

    She was almost in renal failure before I realized anything was wrong.

    She has to have a special diet for her kidneys now and takes a tablet a day to prevent liver damage.

  • TennCare fraud ought to be dealt with severely

    If we have a judge who is doing wrong things and gets put in prison for his wrongdoings, then why is it we still have regulars on the street who continually do things wrong and continually get by with these wrongdoings?

    What are these people teaching their own children?

    There are people out there committing TennCare fraud and getting a so-called slap on the wrist.

    They are teaching their children it is OK to do things wrong, and then their children end up committing harmful things to the community.

  • Oh my! Could Ol’ Curmudgeon be of Democrat ilk?

    I think that Roane County News columnist Gerald Largen is a Democrat.

    I refer to his rantings of Oct. 21: His description of the GOP is right in line with current “us vs. them” language coming from the White House.

    I believe the actions of Curry Todd is a slap in the face of law-abiding gun owners, and I strongly urge the state to pull his license for at least five years on top of any other actions against him.

    Although I agree with photo ID voting, it seems the system broke down somewhere between passing and enforcement.

  • Yager donated the proceeds of silent auction to charity

    On Nov. 18, state Sen. Ken Yager hosted his annual chili supper and silent auction at Roane State Community College.

    Yager had contacted the staff at the Roane County United Way several weeks prior to the event and notified us that he would like to donate the proceeds of this year’s silent auction to the United Way.  

    Yager, his staff and other volunteers spent a great deal of time soliciting gifts from businesses around his district to be entered into the silent auction.

  • Adopt a pet for Christmas, but be responsible, too

    Christmas is coming.

    Parents will want to surprise their little ones with puppies and kittens. Just keep in mind the responsibilities that go along with pet ownership.

    There will be teeth marks on furniture, spots on the rugs, money for pet supplies and pet medications (not cheap).
    If you purchase a pet, keep in mind they like to be around people and to run and play, not be tied to a tree or a dog house with no interaction with the family or others.

    When they run loose, they run in front of cars and put themselves and people in danger.

  • No apologies owed to Pakistan for shooting back

    I was very sad to hear a college professor say that we shouldn’t send care-packages to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, because they were “killers.”

    While I respect his right to free speech I totally disagree with what he said!

    Many of the brave men and women serving there are reservists and national guardsmen who would prefer to be at home with their families.

  • GUEST OPINION: Let’s get back the holiday that got away

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    Imagine if they canceled Independence Day.

    What if the federal government declared that the Fourth of July was no longer a holiday?  We would be told to report for work, cancel fireworks displays and picnics and go about our business the same as any other day.

    There would be outrage. Americans would be angered by the suggestion that we shouldn’t celebrate freedom. 

    Not recognize Independence Day?  Why, that would be un-American.