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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • GUEST OPINION: Put a face to faith to stop war madness

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    No quick fix — diplomatic or military — will dissolve the centuries of distrust and rivalry that fuel the sectarian conflict in Syria, where Alawites and Shiites are pitted against Sunnis, with Christians caught in the crossfire.

    The same can be said of the many other religious and ethnic wars raging around the globe.

  • Americans are tired of useless Middle East wars

    Republican Sens. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina and John McCain of Arizona did not approve of Chuck Hagel, criticized his selection as secretary of defense, and now have been invited to the White House to counsel the President.

    I imagine there will be cigars, brandy and maybe a bawdy joke or two will be told but little else will be accomplished. The two “tough guys” will return to their respective constituencies with another chevron on their sleeves for having been to the seat of power and actually making it all the way into the Oval Office.

  • More rehab, not bigger jails, will help addiction

    I saw on TV and read in the newspapers about the rehabilitation program at Brushy Mountain.

    If the cities and county court system had this program, these people might not be in prison. Addicts to drugs and alcohol are put in jail and have to pay bail and court costs. If they can’t, they are stuck in jail and can’t get jobs.

    Bigger jails are not the answer. These addicts need rehab to productively return to society.

    Lives might be changed or saved.

    Mary Boseley
    Harriman