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Today's Opinions

  • Rockwood makes big impression on stranded group

    I would like to extend a big thank you to the community of Rockwood.

    On July 13, we were returning from a week-long mission trip from Williamsburg, Ky.

    Due to a traffic tie-up, we got off Interstate 40 and entered into Rockwood. Not a mile into the town our bus broke down. The bus had about 20 youth and eight or so adults, and it was hot! A few of the adults got off with all the youth because we needed to go the the restroom.

  • GUEST OPINION: McCain stands up for Muslims — and America

    By Charles C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Last week, U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., took to the Senate floor to defend Huma Abedin – a Muslim American who serves as an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    Although a small blip in the news cycle, McCain’s speech may ultimately prove to be a turning point in the struggle to combat Islamophobia in the United States.

    Witch-hunts, history teaches, cease only when witch-hunters go too far — and some courageous soul dares to cry “enough.”

  • Congress should not be ‘bought’ by Big Business

    On Friday last, July 21, I received in the mail from Public Citizens, a petition to U.S. Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander to be signed and returned by me, urging them to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC ruling.

    Later the same day I read an article in the Roane County News by Gene Policinski, in which he referenced a poll which showed two-thirds of the respondents disagreed with that same ruling.

  • Reappraisal process needs investigation

    On Oct. 17, 2010, I called the State Board of Equalization requesting the forms to initiate the appeal process at the state level.  

    Several days later, the package arrived in the mail and consisted of some basic instructions which included some examples of what form the evidence to be presented should take.

    The packet came by return mail to the correct address. I make this point because this is the last piece of correspondence that has actually been sent to the correct address.

  • GUEST OPINION: Quote approval in news is shoddy journalism

    “One gets an image of reporters as
    trained pets, willing to sit up on command in hopes of being tossed a morsel of ‘news’ — morsels that in the end are much like today’s dog food: processed. shaped, and as bland as possible so as to be acceptable as widely as possible.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Democratic primary candidates considered

    Time flies when you’re having fun, if we may coin a phrase.

    Here it is, well into the popular “early voting’” season, and we have only covered about one-half of the choices to be made as we enter the voting place.

    Last week, if you recall, we discussed the Republican candidates for the Third District House of Representatives seat, based upon the candidates’ appearance at the Tea Party forum.

    But, we have not said anything about the Democratic candidates for that position.

  • Gratitude, even after losing so much in house fire

    On Wednesday, June 27, while vacationing in Florida, our home burned completely to the ground.

    The only home that our 19-year-old daughter has ever known now sits in ashes.

    Except for the loss of family members, this has been the single-most devastating event in our lives, but we are recovering and know that we must move on.

    A couple of days ago, a young lady asked me how we were doing.

    She stated that out of all this tragedy, God would bless us a thousand times over.

    I looked at her and said, “He already has!”

  • GUEST OPINION: Most Americans protective of 1st Amendment

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Americans once again don’t run up big positive numbers in an annual First Amendment Center survey when it comes to being able to name all five freedoms in the opening 45 words of the Bill of Rights.

    But once reminded of “religion, speech, press, assembly and petition,” they do have some strong opinions about how those freedoms ought to work.