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Today's Opinions

  • Looseleaf laureate: Badminton-bee game not all that fun

    It’s spring, and the buzz around my neighborhood right now involves carpenter bees and what to do about them.

    For years, I’d adopted a live-and-let-live attitude, leaving the bee battling to my fierce red heeler, Merlin. In his younger days, he used to put on quite the air show, leaping, twisting, snapping and snarling at the bees, who you could almost hear snicker as they gyrated in the air just out of reach.

    In recent years, I’ve noticed the carpenter bee holes in the framework of my big shed beginning to expand.

  • Senate allows dangerous gun loophole to stand

    My fellow Americans,
    Now, this is what American independence is all about.

    This week, the Senate rejected extending background check requirements for gun purchases to gun shows and Internet sales.  

  • GUEST OPINION: College should respect right to put out fliers

    A student at Des Moines Area Community College is challenging the school’s limits on leafleting on First Amendment grounds.

    Jacob Dagel has filed a lawsuit in federal court contending that the school’s restrictions on distributing fliers violates his free speech rights, according to the Des Moines Register.

    The college requires a 10-day notice and limits distribution of leaflets to a single hallway in the student services center.

  • Interest in potential sale of TVA ‘amazing’

    By ERNEST NORSWORTHY
    Limited Government
    In the years of writing about the TVA, I have never seen such interest, pro or con, in the possible sale of TVA.

    From Bangor to San Francisco to Paris (Tennessee) and London, there are articles written about Obama’s view of selling what once was a sacred Democratic pearl.

    TVA, a vestige of FDR’s New Deal, has existed and has been challenged for 80 years.

    Defending TVA has cost ratepayers millions in legal defenses; billions in wasted or misspent ratepayer dollars that are down the drain.

  • Thanks ... and new bell ringer meetings TBA

    To those who gave of their time and effort to serve as volunteer bell ringers, the Salvation Army of Roane and Morgan Counties Service Unit Committee wishes to publicly express its gratitude and appreciation.

    Such noble service deserves public recognition and a heartfelt thank you.

    Announcement of the bell ringers organizing meeting for the upcoming holiday season will be made later this year.

    Gary V. Evans
    Kingston

  • Let’s hire this superhero and buy him a suit

    The April 10 edition of the Roane County News printed a letter from Denzil Britt in which he voiced his opinions regarding several topics, the main one of which was school safety and the possibility of a large property tax increase to hire security officers.

    Mr. Britt suggested that replacing female teachers with armed male school teachers and privatizing school security would solve the problem.

  • GUEST OPINION: NC proposal does not protect religious liberty

    Here’s a quick primer on a recent proposal by two North Carolina legislators to permit the state to designate a state religion:
    First, the North Carolina Speaker of the House effectively killed the proposal one day after it was filed, saying it “will not advance” to a committee hearing.

    Second, even if enacted, it would not survive constitutional scrutiny under existing Supreme Court decisions.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: We’re not making up any of this! Honestly!

    Some weeks ago, we penned an article captioned “What mischief will legislature produce?”

    Although that august body will not adjourn sine die for some days yet, they have already established a new record for Acts of ignorance, shame, and disgrace that will be hard to equal, but no doubt they will strive to do so just next year.

    Consider, if you will the following efforts, some of which have passed, some which have not yet been acted upon and some of which are lying in abeyance awaiting an opportune time to rear their ugly heads and become public Acts.