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Today's Opinions

  • A fresher, more natural look coming

     

    For a long time, the Roane County News logo has included an anemic blue version of the county outline in its logo.


    Anyone who studies the points designating Roane County communities on this outline will notice they are more than a bit off.

    But it was familiar to you and to us, and so we kept it.

    After the 2008 TVA ash spill, when Chamber of Commerce and tourism officials decided the county needed a better image, we began to think about the same.

  • War hawks need to think of fighting’s impact

    In fall, raptors begin their annual migration to the warmer weather of the southern states.
    But that centuries-old pattern has now apparently been interrupted by a single event in the Middle East; abruptly diverting the ‘War Hawks’ toward Washington … D.C., that is.

    U.S. Sen. John McCain, old “Bomb, bomb, bomb…bomb, bomb Iran,” is in full flight and on national TV agonizing over the heinous attack on our diplomatic mission in Libya.

  • GUEST OPINION: Knowledge is power against hate, distrust

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Over the past decade, an anti-Muslim movement in America has pushed for anti-Shariah laws in some 23 states and helped generate anti-mosque protests in more than 50 communities.

    Even more disturbing, poisonous anti-Muslim rhetoric has contributed to an atmosphere of anger and hate that provokes acts of intimidation and violence — including the recent attack on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin where six people were murdered, apparently because the killer confused Sikhs with Muslims.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Two wheels keep on turning, but not here

    My passion for vehicles on two wheels has been well-documented of late.
    I’ve loved riding bicycles since, as a 6-year-old, I snagged my older sister’s powder-blue Huffy out of the yard and wildly pedaled off.
    Now, as an adult, I have two bicycles of my own.
    In the past month or ™so, I’ve gotten my motorcycle license and bought one of those, too.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: If they love the party, Republicans will fire DesJarlais

    It seems, gentle reader, that when we were first exposed to the deplorable conduct of Dr. Scott DesJarlais, we weren’t told even half of the story.

    What we were told about his conduct with and to his first wife, and even more importantly his son, seemed enough to disqualify him from representing us, or any others of the good, moral, ethical, and high principled citizens of the old Fourth Congressional District of Tennessee.

    However, our Republican friends saw it differently and gave this low-life reprobate their votes.

  • Are those prepaid funeral expenses really covered?

    This letter is to the people of Roane County who think they have made their “final” funeral arrangements, paid in full, with a local funeral home.

    Our mother passed away recently and had made her arrangements in 1990.

    She was 80 years old at the time and thought her family wouldn’t have to worry about anything financial when she passed away.

  • Mystery of missing gift card has her rethinking options

    In August, I purchased three gift cards for my granddaughters’ birthdays. Two days later, I put their gift cards with their birthday cards in my home mailbox to be sent to them.

    Somewhere along the way, one card did not get to the intended recipient.

    The card was used a couple days after the purchase by an unauthorized person. It remains to me a mystery how it was able to be cashed so quickly.

    It makes me think it didn’t have time to be delivered.

  • GUEST OPINION: Cities may not screen transit ads by viewpoint

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    A second federal judge has ruled that a metropolitan transit system must accept controversial ads that call for support for Israel and the defeat of “jihad.”