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Today's Opinions

  • Science fiction gets involved in voter ID issue

    It is no longer science fiction.

    A parallel universe does exist and the proof comes from the Democratic National Convention itself — and the unions in the form of gasp, choke “photo identification.”

    In the parallel universe, the Democratic National Convention required members of state delegations to present “approved” photo ID in order to enter the shrine of happiness and joy to vote to include the word “God” in its platform and took three votes to get a yes!

  • OUR OPINION: Transparency a requirement for democracy

    This week the Texas Supreme Court upheld the state’s Open Meetings Law, ruling against a group of city council members who argued that limiting their discussion of public business to open meetings violated their own rights to free speech.

    It was an important ruling, because, unlike Tennessee, Texas law holds criminal penalties for those who violate Open Meetings Law.

    “Transparency is furthered by allowing the public to have access to government decision making,” the court said. In other words, in a democracy, voters need to be in on the discussion and debate

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Vrooom, vrooom ... I’m a new road warrior

    There’s an ugly knot on my right shin and a bruise the size of Texas on my calf.
    I earned those injuries over two days of noise, fumes, heat — and fear — at a Motorcycle Safety Foundation riding class at Pellissippi State Community College’s Hardin Valley campus.
    And as a result, I now have an “M” for motorcycle operator on my driver’s license.
    For a while now, I’ve been thinking of learning to operate a motorcycle.
    I do a great job as a motorcycle passenger, but, recently, I decided I wanted more.

  • Grandchildren are treasures to be celebrated

    Grandparents Day was celebrated at Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center. Stories about their grandchildren were told by many.
    One of the residents said, “Whatever way you choose to look at it, receiving the miracle of life is a blessing from the Lord.”
    Residents agreed that some of the best times of their lives involved spending time with their grandchildren.
    A grandchild brings out the “grand” in a grandparent.

  • Art exhibit gone by the time it hit the newspaper

    A recent front page article by Dwane Wilder caught my interest. 
    But, in  reading more closely, I realized that the “Rare exhibit treat for art lovers” (title of article published in the Wednesday-Thursday Sept. 12-13 Roane County News) had already opened for display and closed, even before this article was published. 
    I was disappointed not to be able to view the work of African American artist Harold Winslow myself.

  • Local Imagination Library making a big difference

    Roane Imagination Library has been a part of our lives for several years. 
    Although our grandson is now too old to continue receiving his books, his 3-year-old sister has been getting them since she was born. 
    It is fun when Bryson looks at a new book and says, “I remember getting this book. Can I read it to Kaylee?”
    The books begin as very simple stories and progress as the child gets older. They are always good quality with lots of colorful pictures and fun stories.

  • Staying between the ditches the best course

    As I drive along life’s road, I see ditches on the right and the left.
    Driving in either ditch will cause major problems.
    Problems encountered while driving in the left ditch cannot be blamed on the right ditch. Problems encountered while driving in the right ditch cannot be blamed on the left ditch.
    This nation will not go to hell in a hand basket over political or religious differences.
    Let us all take a deep breath and disagree in a mature and tantrum-free way.

  • Sounding the alarm for needed teacher supplies

    Anyone with teachers as family members, friends or neighbors knows they are always reaching into their own pockets for money for supplies.
    Sometimes that money is for instructional supplies for lab activities or for their own needs. Often, however, it is for supplies for students who may not be able to afford the very basics they need for successful learning.