Today's Opinions

  • Hurley dog incident gives some paws for thought


    On March 19, state Rep. Julia Hurley entered the Roane County Courthouse with her Chinese crested dog, “Pepper.”

    When court officials noticed her dog tagging behind on his leash, they proceeded to evict her from the courthouse.

     In the aftermath of this incident, comments regarding Rep. Hurley’s actions and information regarding service animal requirements flooded the media.

  • Swiss version of ObamaCare doing great job there

    The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. “ObamaCare”) is now front and center on the  American political stage.

    Many people are outraged about the “individual mandate” — that is, the provision that everyone not already covered by health care insurance (by their employers, for example, or by the military, Medicare, or private insurance) must buy insurance, with financial aid for those who cannot afford it.  

  • OUR OPINION: ‘Tweetness’ of win no reason to ban Twitter


  • Guest Opinion: Will Rockwood show horse sense on crossing?

    Since September 2010, the Roane County Executive’s Office has used a system of management called a 5-Point Star System.

    It identifies five main topics that are the primary focus of the administration.

    Over the last 20 months, some topics have been added and deleted over time, and some are still the focus of our administration. Go to www.roanegov.org and link to county executive’s office to see the progression of the 5-Point Star System.  

  • Let’s stop the pain of unnecessary use of painkillers

    I have decided to write this letter to allow the readers of this newspaper to better understand the pain families deal with because of the negligence of some doctors here and elsewhere who prescribe pain killers as if they are handing out vitamins.

    Most people do not know who these local doctors are, but those of us who have a family member who has become an addict know.

    Law enforcement knows.

  • OUR OPINION: Harriman’s leadership shows again

    It has been a big spring for the city of Harriman.

    Despite criticism from some, officials there have formally opened their beautifully refurbished grand old theater.

    We are inclined to agree with those who believe the Princess Theatre will stop the decline and restore the heart and soul to Harriman’s downtown.

    City officials also have garnered major support in their idea to turn the old Roane Medical Center, which will be abandoned when the new hospital is completed in Midtown, into a Veterans Affairs hospital.

  • WRITE LIKE a GIRL: Now you see it, now you don’t

    I just celebrated a birthday.

    Never mind which one — and don’t you dare try to guess. Those of you who know are sworn to secrecy.

    It started me thinking about the aging process and the running and ducking from Mother Nature that’s commenced.

    Figuratively speaking, of course, because any time I entertain the notion of running or even donning high heels, my bum knee whispers, “Are you SURE you want to do that?”

  • Inside the First Amendment: Public info needs context, interpretation

    By Gene Policinski
    First Amendment Center
    The recently announced move by Encyclopaedia Britannica to end its print editions after 244 years of publishing came by happenstance in the middle of Sunshine Week, an annual campaign nationwide in support of freedom of information.

    The great general reference work for many generations will continue in digital form, like so much of the news, information, literature and art of our age.