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Today's Opinions

  • 20 minutes is all it takes to help your child excel in life

    The Kingston Rotary Club is a primary sponsor for a program to encourage reading to young children.

    This is a worthwhile program.  

    The Kingston Lions Club endorses the program and congratulates the Rotarians on their endeavor.

    It has been well documented that young children who have been read to by their parent(s) excel over children who have not had that attention.

    They learn more in school and progress more rapidly. Reading for only 20 minutes seems to do the trick.  

  • Woman wants to thank man who found her purse

    On Jan. 8, I shopped in the Rockwood Dollar General Store, and when I left the store I left my purse in the shopping cart.

    When I arrived home, approximately 20 minutes after leaving the store, I discovered my mistake.

    I immediately called the store and spoke with a clerk, who informed me that a gentleman had found my purse and turned it in.

  • Childrens books a great Valentine to give, receive

    This month Roane Imagination Library sent “valentines” to 1,780 local children — from birth to age 5.  

    These greetings were in the form of age-appropriate, quality books delivered to the children’s homes.  

    What better way to tell a child “I love you; I care about you?”

    Imagination Library sends books in February and every month of the year.

    That means more than 21,000 books in the last 12 months.   

    Thank you, Roane County!  

  • GUEST OPINION: Consider freedom during planning for conventions

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    As the 2012 presidential primary season reaches full speed, let’s pause on the politics for a moment and look ahead to the national Republican and Democratic conventions with the First Amendment in mind.

    Republicans will meet the week of Aug. 27 in Tampa, Fla.

    Democrats huddle the week of Sept. 3 in Charlotte, N.C.

  • Roane Medical Center was there in her emergency

    Last year, on Dec. 6, I fell down a flight of stairs at my home and suffered an extensive open wound on my left arm, which was bleeding profusely.

    From the time I arrived at Roane Medical Center to register for emergency care, I was treated with kindness, concern and patience.

    The people who helped included Laura Smith in triage, Austin the R.N. and Jennifer King, P.A., who expertly placed 23 stitches in my arm.

    They were above the best.

    I cannot recall the names of the other ER and X-ray staff members, but my appreciation extends to all.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Romney’s case shows rich not ‘job creators’

    As you well know, gentle reader, the principal reason set forth by the defenders of giving the extremely wealthy a “free ride”, insofar as the rate of taxation imposed on their income, is the assertion that these are the “job creators.”

    Now, this is a defence that they may or may not believe.

    After all, some folks can make themselves believe just about anything, no matter how preposterous.

  • GUEST OPINION: Support for free speech drops if you hate message

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Does anybody have a sense of humor anymore?

    The First Amendment’s role in protecting free speech is to shelter remarks that most people don’t like. Words that everybody finds acceptable need no defense.

    In between those two polar points is the daily give-and-take of discourse. The verbal tumult of braggadocio, insults, satire and plain speaking can pass the time of day or give rise to what lawyers and Supreme Court justices politely call “robust discussion.”

  • ‘Confused’ writer wonders about VFD support

    I have always been proud to say I live South of the River.

    I have lived there for 38 years, served eight years as constable for South of the River and donated my time and efforts to the South of the River Volunteer Fire Department. I have never been paid for my services, because a volunteer cannot be paid, as they are priceless.

    Some 25 volunteer firefighters South of the River expect no pay for what they do. They do it, simply for self-satisfaction and a good feeling inside.

    I titled these notes as “confused,” and I will explain.