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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST OPINION: Supreme court got it right 70 years ago

    By DAVID L. HUDSON JR.
    First Amendment Center
    In the United States we possess the right of political speech, including the right to criticize our political leaders and institutions. Seventy years ago — in December 1941 — the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that fundamental First Amendment principle in Bridges v. California.

    The case consolidated two separate cases involving different parties and circumstances — labor leader Harry Bridges in one, and the Los Angeles Times in the other.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Christmas glow comes from heart

    Ahh, Christmas.
    When I was a child, it was all about decorations and presents.
    Back then, in the days before Christmas, I sometimes would fall asleep on the couch beside the Christmas tree and its twinkling lights.
    There I would dream of all the gift possibilities.
    The truth is, I did not then nor have I ever gotten a Christmas present that knocked my socks off.
    My parents seemed at a loss when choosing gifts for me.

  • Don’t add e-waste to your landfills

    By STEVE SKURNAC
    Electronics are once again dominating holiday shopping lists this season.

    In fact, analysts with the Consumer Electronics Association predict shoppers will spend 6 percent more on electronics this year compared to last – or about $250 per consumer.

    And for every new laptop, tablet, phone, TV, gaming system and scores of other gadgets, an outdated device likely will be replaced. For those old electronics, the question is, “Now what?”

    First off, do not throw replaced electronics in the trash.

  • Pickup sent to drive away dead man not appreciated

    A few weeks ago, our dear friend found his father deceased in bed.

    After regaining some composure, he dialed 911, and they sent an ambulance.

    EMS arrived, and the staff was very professional and offered their condolences. EMS informed our friend that it would cost $1,000 for them to take his father to the hospital to be pronounced, which, in turn, would create a hospital charge.

    There was no way our friend could afford the EMS charge, so EMS suggested calling the Rescue Squad.

  • Kindness noted after family loses kin in vehicular accident

    I wish to express my deepest gratitude to  the people of Roane and Morgan county for their overwhelming generosity in honor of the Bailey family.

    It’s a very difficult time for us in light of the recent tragedy. However, the gifts of our fellow townspeople, both monetary  and the large amount of food that has been brought to our home, have helped  to show how well thought of Heath was.

    He was an absolute treasure to the  entire family and was deeply loved.

  • GUEST OPINION: Shoot straight: Kids can, too, pray at school

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    The latest attack on the “godless public schools” — a staple of Republican primaries past — is a new ad in Iowa by Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign proclaiming there’s “something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military, but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.”

  • 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.