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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Yager donated the proceeds of silent auction to charity

    On Nov. 18, state Sen. Ken Yager hosted his annual chili supper and silent auction at Roane State Community College.

    Yager had contacted the staff at the Roane County United Way several weeks prior to the event and notified us that he would like to donate the proceeds of this year’s silent auction to the United Way.  

    Yager, his staff and other volunteers spent a great deal of time soliciting gifts from businesses around his district to be entered into the silent auction.

  • Adopt a pet for Christmas, but be responsible, too

    Christmas is coming.

    Parents will want to surprise their little ones with puppies and kittens. Just keep in mind the responsibilities that go along with pet ownership.

    There will be teeth marks on furniture, spots on the rugs, money for pet supplies and pet medications (not cheap).
    If you purchase a pet, keep in mind they like to be around people and to run and play, not be tied to a tree or a dog house with no interaction with the family or others.

    When they run loose, they run in front of cars and put themselves and people in danger.

  • No apologies owed to Pakistan for shooting back

    I was very sad to hear a college professor say that we shouldn’t send care-packages to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, because they were “killers.”

    While I respect his right to free speech I totally disagree with what he said!

    Many of the brave men and women serving there are reservists and national guardsmen who would prefer to be at home with their families.

  • GUEST OPINION: Let’s get back the holiday that got away

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    Imagine if they canceled Independence Day.

    What if the federal government declared that the Fourth of July was no longer a holiday?  We would be told to report for work, cancel fireworks displays and picnics and go about our business the same as any other day.

    There would be outrage. Americans would be angered by the suggestion that we shouldn’t celebrate freedom. 

    Not recognize Independence Day?  Why, that would be un-American.

  • WHEN IN ROANE: The judge wore WHAT?!? But wait till you hear what the mayor and council did

    Taking part in a scavenger hunt has always sounded like fun.

    Taking part in a scavenger hunt that breaks a world record and has the potential of winning world class trip sounds even better.

    Not only do the participants get a chance to help break the world record, which is cool in itself, but also winners will go to Rome, which for me would be my first visit outside the United States.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Skies clear, dogs and I get out of the house

    It’s the little things you take for granted — things like walking your dogs.
    After several days of soaking rain, my dogs were looking at me accusingly, as if I had intentionally flipped a switch that brought on the precipitation that kept us inside. They don’t realize I want and need the exercise as much as they do.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: To create jobs, cut retirement age temporarily

    You know, gentle reader, the longer we live the more we become convinced that the Founding Fathers should have made it one of the prerequisites of being President of these United States that all candidates there for must be foundlings.

    In our own time we have seen how John F. Kennedy’s presidency was shaped and moulded by the influence of his father, Ambassador Joe Kennedy.