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Today's Opinions

  • New Kingston city hall might be nice — except the bill

    I read with interest the article on Kingston’s (pop. 5,934) tour of area city halls (Alcoa, pop. 8,449; Crossville, pop. 10,795; and Farragut, pop. 20,676) and was struck with the obvious question: does Kingston need a new city hall?

    At first glance, the answer is yes. However, a closer look indicates otherwise. The building is old, the offices cramped and there are stairs, but does that mean the taxpayers of Kingston want to spend their hard-earned tax dollars on a new city hall?

  • Take it seriously when teens talk about suicide

    According to the National Institute of Mental Health, suicide is the third leading cause of death for those aged 15 to 25. The No. 1 cause for suicide is untreated depression.

    People die by suicide because they are in intense pain and want their pain to stop. Approximately 6.9 per 100,000 teens die by suicide each year in the United States. It is estimated one of every 25 teens who attempts suicide dies.

  • Library changes worth (pun alert)checking out

    I would like to tell readers about the many changes at the Kingston Public Library.

    During the summer we added new carpet, new tile flooring in our entrance way, new paint, new lighting and totally remodeled our meeting room. This fall we added a computer lab and will start our third computer class in early February. Most recently, we added a new roof.

  • Nuts & Bolts Terri Likens Editor: Some change at the paper become official

    I’ve written about some technological changes at the Roane County News, but this week, I have some people news to report.

    Kevin Kile, who has been acting general manager for about six months, has been given the job officially. He has earned it – managing the staff through a difficult period while overseeing a major renovation and the installation of advanced technology.

  • GUEST OPINION:Copyright law favors Romney in anti-Gingrich ad

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center

    NBC News has asked Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign to stop airing an anti-Newt Gingrich ad that includes an excerpt from a 1997 “NBC Nightly News” report featuring Tom Brokaw.

    The political ad shows the former NBC anchor reporting that Gingrich had been reprimanded by the House Ethics Committee.

    NBC and Brokaw have protested that the use of the clip violates copyright law and exploits Brokaw and NBC News’ journalistic credibility.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Road trip? Perhaps, but then where to go?

    I’m back on track with my dog-walking this week, thanks to our recent spring-like interlude.
    It has felt good to be in the sunshine.
    January seems to be flying by more quickly than usual, in part because of the more temperate winter weather.
    I figure winter will whomp its hammer down on us at some point; like cats, the extreme seasons toy with us before they really mess us up.
    For now, I’m really enjoying not freezing half to death.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET By Gerald Largen: Do Republicans suffer from a ‘Death Wish?’

    We were recently told of a loyal Republican’s comment about the ongoing contest over the Republican nomination for president.

    Concerning his fellow partisans’ actions in this contest, he opined: “They’ve got a death wish!” A very perspicacious analysis we would say.

  • Time to consider the four-day week in schools

    Roane County Schools has recently set the 2012-13 school calendar. A survey regarding the start date and length and placement of breaks is available on the website at Roaneschools.com.

    As typical of any survey, there is no comment section to truly gage public opinion. I like the early August start date, and I enjoy using both the spring and fall break for quality family excursions. I would, however, like to advocate a much greater change to the school schedule. I want to see year-round school with a four-day school week.