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Today's Opinions

  • Women’s equality remains only a goal in workplace

    By MARIANNE HILL
    American Forum
    Women’s Equality Day, Aug. 26, is both a celebration of women’s progress and a reminder that equality remains a goal, not a reality.
    On this day in 1920, women gained the right to vote under the 19th Amendment.
    Today, more than 90 years later, the struggle to advance women’s rights is concentrated on the economic front — with an end to discrimination against women in the labor force a critical, and hotly debated, objective.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Tea Party wants nothing from government! Really?

    Gentle Reader, it is not too soon to give some thought to your schedule for Labor Day, Monday, 5 September.
    If you do not already have firm plans for that day, some of you might well wish to attend the East Tennessee Labor Day Picnic at Roane County Park from noon to 3 p.m.
    The event is as usual sponsored by the Roane County Democratic Party, but this year it is designated to honor Teachers and one of the guest speakers is scheduled to be Reba Luttrell, Representative of the Tennessee Education Association.

  • Tea Party violence — or was it? The debate continues

    I submit this letter in response to a recent Roane County News item headlined Truth and opinion in letters from readers, an Opinion page Nuts and Bolts column by editor Terri Likens.
    The article sought to explain the reasons for editing letters submitted to the Roane County News.
    One condition to edit would be if the editorial staff had knowledge that any particular statement submitted was false. Any false statement would be edited out.

  • As West looks to control tweets, China squawks

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    The use of social media to organize and fuel riots in Great Britain has led some Western public officials to speculate about limits on BlackBerry messages, Twitter and Facebook.
    Such talk has not gone unnoticed by more-repressive nations.
    Chinese media have claimed hypocrisy by the West and have used the news events as justification for “proper web monitoring.”
    From Xinhua, China’s state-run news organization:

  • Engaging change – why a policy was altered

    Things change.
    Sometimes, in response, we have to change, too.
    Few words could be truer when talking about people … and even newspapers.
    Here at the Roane County News, we like to reason things out when we set any kind of policy.
    But sometimes, even after they were made with careful thought, we see flaws or omissions in our policies.
    We find points we hadn’t thought about, and we consider changes.
    Last week we made an alteration to our policy concerning the publication of engagements between couples planning to marry.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: The teachers I know really care about what they do

    How did you spend your weekend?

    I spent the better part of Sunday afternoon in a Hamilton County classroom scrubbing desks and lab tables.

    I’m no school teacher, but Derek — the man I am dating  — is.

    I rubbed out graffiti, scraped gum, wiped away months of grime and even washed a few windows while he arranged and installed equipment and tackled other chores.

    It was important for him to be ready for the return of students this week.

  • Rockwood library reading program is a big success

    The Rockwood Public Library’s 2011 Summer Reading Programs, “One World, Many Stories” and “You Are Here” concluded on July 20 with great success. 
    We would like to thank all the children and teens who came and participated in our programs. 
    We would also like to thank all the special individuals and organizations that made appearances at the library.
    They are as follows:  Magician Bruce Amato; storytellers Elizabeth Rose, Mark and  Sherry Finchum; and the American Museum of Science and Energy.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: To catch a thief — but not with Kingston P.D.

    For the moment, imagine, if you will, gentle reader, that you are a professional law man, a policeman.
    Imagine further that you have been informed that a petty thief has been engaged in a continuing series of petty thefts over a period of several weeks.