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Today's Opinions

  • Trouble with Congress includes constituents

    By LEE H. HAMILTON
    Center on Congress
    When two senators recently got into a spat over whether the Boston Marathon bombings were being politicized, the news was everywhere within minutes.
    Reams of commentary quickly followed. In the maneuvering over gun-control legislation, every twist and turn was instantly reported and then endlessly debated.

  • Fire victims thank community

    On March 29, we suffered a severe fire at our home on Blue Heron Way, Ten Mile. Our family would like to take this opportunity to thank the Roane County and neighboring fire departments, police officers and emergency squads for their experience, compassion and advice.
    We would also like to thank the Half Moon Shores community; Blue Springs Marina; Watts Bar Community Service Group; Knoxville Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center; and the various churches, family and friends for their overwhelming support and generosity throughout this terrible experience.

  • Lies in letters should be caught
  • Rutherford Co. Commandments issue revisted

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    It’s been almost 10 years since the Rutherford County, lost a very expensive lawsuit over the posting of the Ten Commandments in the county courthouse.
    The American Civil Liberties Union sued the Commission, contending that the posting was an unconstitutional promotion of religion.  U.S. Judge Robert Echols agreed and ordered the Ten Commandments removed in 2004.  It will “stay down,” County Mayor Ernest Burgess said at the time, calling it “the end of the story.”

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Spring bling not to be taken for granted

    Look outside.
    Chances are, you’ll see plenty of green. Delicate greens, deep mossy greens, even yellow-green chartreuses.
    No other color is as easy on the eye and calming to the spirit.
    The spring transformation never ceases to amaze me.
    Spring got a late start this year, but now we are fully into the richness of the season. We should pause to appreciate it.
    Some of us take for granted the emerald paradise spring provides for us every year.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: It’s time to protect and defend America

    There is said to be an ancient Chinese curse that says: “May you live in interesting times!”

    You may well think that that ancient Chinaman had our times in mind, for interesting they are, and many would think that enduring them qualifies as a curse

    There is one aspect which we think curse-like, and that is that they are highly disputatious times, in which almost nothing in public life exists which is not vehemently disputed.

    You say a thing is good; I say that thing is bad. And so it goes, ad infinitum, ad nauseam.

  • Greenway project a boondoggle, says Kingston writer

    The construction of sidewalks to nowhere (Kingston greenway project) with public tax funds (state gas tax dollars) in a private residential development (Ladd Landing) to help sell building lots was never a good idea.

    Now it’s gotten worse as the price tag soars — $1.5 million and counting.

    Add that to the $2-million Taj Mahal  — unneeded new Kingston City Hall  — and it’s easy to understand why our political ruling class has never seen a tax increase they didn’t like.

  • Immigration: Just a few thoughts on a sleepless night

    Why are those Canadians so obsessed with coming over our border?

    Is it our health-care system that is superior? Could it be our good jobs and strong economy? The freedoms we enjoy?

    It must be our superior education system.

    How can we possibly keep them out? Build a fence? How high?

    What about 100,000 border guards standing side by side holding hands to keep the torrent back?

    Let me, in a nutshell, give a solution.