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Today's Opinions

  • To report, journalists must observe

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    I wonder if news magnate Michael Bloomberg really would agree with alter ego New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the nuts and bolts of a free press.

    Bloomberg, the mayoral version, was quoted in recent news reports as saying journalists weren’t justified in complaining about being blocked from witnessing the Nov. 15 police removal of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators from an encampment in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: ’Tis the season to be busy, fa-la-lal-la-la ....

    It seems we’re all busy people, but for me, this past week has been a full-tilt blur.
    Let me summarize — if I can remember it all:
    • Monday: Three newspaper meetings (a fourth was canceled), a quick run to the dermatologist in Knoxville for a look at a sun-damaged spot on my nose and then a CASA race committee meeting after work, followed by a post-sundown walk with the yahoos (my dogs).

  • Technology Center has happy secret you should know

    I recently donated a computer to the Tennessee Technology Center in Roane County.  

    I met with Sheila Hicks, the business office secretary for the school, who informed me that Tennessee Technology had a full cosmetology department where they do hair color ($10), manicures ($6), pedicures ($9), facials ($6), haircuts ($6) — and the list goes on.   

    Both men and women in the community are encouraged to come in and benefit from their services.

  • A View from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Would God’s Chosen People act like this?

    Sad to say, gentle reader, the party may well be over — the TEA Party that is.

    Yes, according to an item sent out by the McClatchy Newspapers wire service, a ... “report from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released Tuesday [last] showed support for the tea party dropping nationwide, with more Americans viewing the movement unfavorably. The view of the Republican Party in the 60 districts represented by members of the House Tea Party Caucus has also suffered.”

  • 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.