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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST OPINION: Arizona ruling not very well thought out

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    A new state law in Arizona threatens to withhold 10 percent of funding from public schools and libraries if they don’t block “harmful” content on the Internet.

    The law, which goes into effect Aug. 1, requires that minors be blocked from accessing “visual depictions that are child pornography, harmful to minors or obscene.”

    According to The Arizona Republic, Rep. Steve Court, who sponsored the bill, says it’s intended to refine existing law.

  • Credit debt can be managed — with care

     While recent reports indicate that credit card debt had declined over the last year, much of this decline is due to financial institutions writing off delinquent debt and not due to consumers reducing the amount they owe.

    A study from Nerd Wallet indicates that the average household still carries $6,772 in outstanding credit card debt and paying down debt is an ongoing struggle for many consumers.

  • Newly elected should think twice before firing staff

    Aug. 2 is Election Day.

    Candidates for road superintendent are urged to make public a detailed list of their past six years of experience relevant to work generally performed by the highway department. Such information would be helpful to voters who do not have access to information posted on websites by candidates.

    Elected county department heads are paid substantially high salaries; the public has a right and deserves to know details about a candidate’s up-to-date experience.

  • We all will answer for our actions in the very end

    Freedom of conscience is God’s gift to humans.

    Our American Declaration of Independence recognizes this truth with the words: “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness — That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men ...”

  • Woman feels disconnected by all the gadgetry

    I get that dot.com on all my bills.

    I, for one, don’t have any of those contraptions.

    You can’t find anybody in the phone book any more; it’s all on cellphone etc.

    Have you noticed how small the phone books are? I looked in three last night hunting a young man that graduated from Roane State with a 4.0 grade average. I used to clean house for his mom.

    I wanted to wish him good luck.

    I saw his name in the paper but I just gave up.

  • GUEST OPINION: Artist rolls to victory over Crimson Tide

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    College football means big money. Amid talk of a possible national playoffs system, we’re reminded of the extraordinary revenue potential of an “amateur” sport.

    Understandably, universities want to maximize their income and protect their broadcast and intellectual-property rights, particularly in a digital age. And yet it was refreshing last week to see a clear First Amendment victory for someone who works in one of the oldest media: paint on paper.

  • Clean air push officially down to wire

    Chattanooga’s top air quality official told U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander that without recent improvements in air quality “the site of the new Volkswagen plant behind us would be a vacant lot.”

    Bob Colby, director of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau, joined Alexander at a recent press conference at the Volkswagen site.

  • Director of Schools Toni McGriff issues her last State-of-Schools report: Schools to go deeper into core curriculum

    Each year seems to be more challenging than the last in public education.

    In 2011-12, Roane County teachers and principals implemented a new evaluation program.

    In both cases, student achievement counts 50 percent of the total score on the individual evaluation.

    Simply put, that means that student test scores are critical to the evaluation of school personnel.

    Since our main focus is student achievement and every decision made is geared toward improving student achievement, it is not unrealistic to measure us that way.