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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST OPINION: Unnecessary profanity law has no place

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    An odd piece of legislation has been introduced in the Arizona Legislature that would discipline public school teachers for using profanity in the classroom.

    It’s unusual on a couple of fronts.

    First of all, there doesn’t seem to be any widespread problem in Arizona with profane teachers. Secondly, the bill uses the standards of the Federal Communications Commission’s indecency restrictions.

  • Religious leaders shouldn’t get to pick and choose

    The separation of church and state should work both ways.

    The government should not be able to influence church doctrine.

    Religious institutions should not get to pick the laws they will accept.

    To say that forcing employers to provide health insurance, including birth control, somehow violates church rights is ridiculous.

    As far as I’m concerned the Obama administration blinked on this one.

  • OUR OPINION: Rockwood city financials need action, oversight

    We hope the residents of Rockwood  are concerned about recent revelations that the city may be over budget and short on reserves.

    City officials there have had full plates with utility and other issues, but the most important of their duties is wise spending of the taxpayers’ dollars.

    Officials seemed unsure where the final talley will fall when certain projects are done and certain revenues come in.

    Hoping to break even is the best option we’ve heard tossed out there, but it didn’t seem like a strong possibility.

  • (Mis)conduct of police should be recordable

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    Imagine Rodney King in the YouTube era.
    The beating captured on a camcorder in 1991 was seen on at least 240 TV stations around the world, impressive for pre-digital days, and served notice on law enforcement officers that cameras could capture them at their best — and worst.
    Today, when laughing babies can yield 42 million views, images of officers beating a suspect would go viral in minutes.

  • Some expression now unfree after court's ruling

    By Ken Paulson, First Amendment Center
    The Supreme Court just put a price tag on some formerly free speech.

    In a 6-2 vote on Jan. 18, the Court upheld a 1994 law that extended copyright protection to foreign films, books, paintings and other art that had previously been in the public domain and available free to U.S. residents.

  • A View from Lick Skillet: Rockwood & Ruppe will make a great team

    By Gerald Largen
    We were more than a little surprised last Friday to find ourself occupying a front page, above-the-fold location in that day’s Roane County News lead article about the “Crowded field” in the Property Assessor’s race.

  • Salvation Army thanks small army of bell ringers

    The Salvation Army wishes to thank everyone who helped with the bell ringing this year.

    We raised $26,171.55, which is a great deal considering the current economy. It will enable us to help many families throughout the coming year. We are once again indebted to Food City in Harriman and Kingston, Kroger and Walmart in Roane County and Darnell’s Market, Family Dollar and Sav-A-Lot in Morgan County for letting us locate our kettles at their stores.

  • Nuts & Bolts Terri Likens Editor: Sometimes it is good to consider the impacts

    When I was a junior in high school, my family moved from the community I had grown up in to a new place an hour and a half away.

    Being the new kid in a new school was difficult, but things got worse when a story appeared in the local newspaper.

    Our newly constructed house was on a country lane just outside of town. It had a septic tank, which a neighbor contended had been incorrectly installed. I assume she watched the work being done from her house, although there were indications she just didn’t want the lot beside her developed.