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Today's Opinions

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Bob Corker’s scandalous conduct confessed

    Our friends of the Republican persuasion have not reprised their song about Democrats promoting “class warfare” for a while. It is likely that even they don’t have enough nerve, or what is called “Chutzpah” in the Yiddish language, when their own actions are nothing except class warfare, in which they have all the weapons of mass destruction, (including poison gas in the form of every exhalation emanating from their lungs when they utter almost any kind of public remark).

  • Jim Henry knows what causes plight of many children

    Newborn babies, hospital records reveal, often are delivered exposed to drugs such as cocaine and marijuana.

    It is not uncommon for children to be in homes where methamphetamine labs are in operation.

    General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks and I also serve as juvenile court judges. We grant as many as four emergency juvenile petitions each week wherein the court order results in the removal of a child or children from their parents.

  • GUEST OPINION: E-debate prompted by Syrian mess

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    There’s nothing good to find in the current standoff between the Syrian government and the United States — people there are dying as diplomats ponder, politicians posture and nations take strategic sides.

    But consider the value of “free press” and “free speech” in taking to an amazing new level the public debate in the United States over what to do next — a process that in many nations surely would have been a secretive discussion.

  • Debate on Syrian action encouraging

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center on Congress
    As Washington swirls with proposals, counter-proposals, and political brinksmanship in response to diplomatic efforts on Syria, the situation has a lot of people scratching their heads.

    Couldn’t President Obama and Congress have handled this differently?

  • Clothes Closet offers more, but needs your help

    For 13 years, The Clothes Closet in Rockwood has furnished clothing, books, toys, and school supplies to children; pajamas, jogging outfits, robes and house shoes for nursing home residents; business clothing for clients to wear to a job interview and to their workplace; everyday clothing, and clothing for funerals and weddings, certain colored slacks and shirts to many clients to wear to work.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Yes, we are Taxed Enough Already, aren’t we?

    Well, gentle reader, we cannot help but wonder what has happened to our Tea Party folks.

    As you will recall, the founders of this movement were the fiscal conservatives who felt that governments were wasting too much of our money. In fact, as you know, the Tea Party name is short for “Taxed Enough Already?”

  • Formal or not, local Tea Party opposes senator

    I don’t know what formal list of Tea Parties was being referred to in Friday’s “Our Opinion” column, but to set the record straight, Roane County Tea Party is very supportive of the effort to retire U.S.  Sen. Lamar Alexander.

    Our founders envisioned citizen legislators who would serve their terms and then return to private life, not a permanent ruling class of professional politicians who ignore the Constitutional limits of their enumerated powers and write laws that infringe upon our liberties and grant power to them.

  • System in Washington can still work

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center on Congress

    The roots of Congress’s dysfunction are complex. But the fundamental reason is that real differences in ideology and principles about both government and governance exist among the voters.

    At heart, the reason it’s become so hard for Washington to act is that the two parties are being driven by fundamentally incompatible views.

    Conservatives place a heavy emphasis on liberty, individual freedom and self-reliance.