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Today's Opinions

  • Nuts & Bolts by Terri Likens: Mike Garner: The magic behind the printed page

    I can’t remember the date, but I’ll never forget the day.

    Make that the evening.

    I was covering the Kingston City Council about eight years ago when someone walked into the council chambers with a newspaper.

    From afar, I enviously admired the crisp colors, clear lettering and the smudge-free look of what I considered a competitor’s newspaper.

    Suddenly, I realized the person was holding a fresh-off-the-press copy of the Roane County News.

  • Will ‘Roane County Enquirer’ continue to run Largen?

    Over the past few weeks I have read the ranting of local columnist Gerald Largen, and I must say this guy is really something.

    He attacks the Tea Party as if they are the worst people in the country. Why the name calling? Is he afraid of them?

    If he doesn’t agree with them, that is his right, and he should make his point and move on. Just because members of the Tea Party do not share the same ideals and opinions as he does, he has gone so far as to call them terrorists.

  • U.S: Once a super power, now just a power borrower

    Balancing our national budget is a proper goal, but it alone will not solve our economic problems.

    It creates no jobs; rather, jobs disappear as state and city governments operate on less revenue and businesses downsize to remain competitive.

    Another reality: an economy based primarily on consumer spending cannot survive. No jobs, no spending.
    What nations have money to lend?

    Nations that are doing a lot of manufacturing.

    Following World War II, 50 percent of the world’s manufacturing came from the U.S.

  • Bible supports Israel, Israelites support the world

    The Bible says, “I will bless them who bless you and curse you.” (Genesis 12:1-3)The word “you” in this text refers to Israel. Even though this message was written long ago in the Old Testament, God’s word clearly states, His word never changes.

    This was His covenant with Israel.

    At this time, they are the only longstanding democracy in the Middle East. We have not made them so. All Israel’s citizens are free to pursue life, liberty and happiness while others try to kill them.

  • Saturday delivery cuts no answer for postal service

    By DONALD J. HALL JR.
    To ensure its future, the U.S. Postal Service must do more than seek short-term fixes to its long-term financial problems. Year after year, the U.S. Postal Service continues to raise postal rates to cover its growing expenses without adequately addressing its underlying organizational and operational issues.

    Instead, it is offering to cut service by eliminating Saturday mail delivery.

  • Looseleaf laureate by Terri Likens: Smart Corey Reed is $10 richer these days

    You came. You bought. You said hello.

    I shivered.

    I’d like to thank everyone who came to my first-ever yard sale — especially those of you who made a special effort to say hey to me and my mother.

    I can’t remember all of your names, but I do remember Lynn, Jan, Jean and Lou. I also appreciated the tips and tales from fellow hikers who came by.

    It was a chilly Saturday. The afternoon would have been comfortable enough if the wind would have quit blowing, but that didn’t happen.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: More needs to be known of Perry’s core beliefs

    Gentle reader, did you hear that the sports network ESPN has pulled its long-time introductory song from the Monday Night Football broadcast?

    It seems that the performer, Hank Williams the younger, has interjected himself in the TEA party type “discussion” of politics.

    The report is that he was interviewed on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” broadcast Monday morning, when he characterized President Obama’s golf game with House Speaker Boehner thusly: “It’d be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu.”

  • School Internet filters often too blunt to help

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    There’s nothing sexy about the First Amendment Center’s website.

    Our goal is to publish a daily report that can be used in any classroom in America. We strive to be nonpartisan, apolitical and as tasteful as possible.

    We know that if parents and educators know that we’re a safe and trusted destination, their children and students are more likely to turn to us for research and term papers on the First Amendment.