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Today's Opinions

  • Looseleaf laureate: Heat wave? We all need to chill

    Oppressive heat is upon us.

    I spent several years in the deserts of Arizona, so I know a thing or two about extreme heat.

    Out there, we left oven mitts hanging next to certain outside doors because the afternoon summer sun could make door knobs dangerously hot.

    Summer there was like winter here: it was the time you stayed in, took it easy and tried very hard not to over exert yourself.

    With summer temperatures consistently above 100 degrees out there, we learned to take it in stride, even though we longed for cooler days.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Woody right to anticipate new money needs

    As you no doubt know, gentle reader, the incumbent superintendent of schools, Toni McGriff, is in process of leaving that post.

    As regular readers know, we did not approve of her selection, and subsequent events have proven that position correct, at least in the eyes of most responsible citizens.

  • Still looking for closure in two- decades-old case

    Happy birthday, Karen.

    Sunday. July 1, is our daughter’s 57th birthday. But we will not celebrate it with her.
    Her name is Karen Farmer Beard, and she was abducted and murdered in Kingston on Jan. 15, 1991.

    Some of the individuals who are responsible for this hideous crime are still walking the streets.

    Roane County Detective Greg Scalf tells me that Karen’s case is now classified as an open homicide investigation. If you have any information please call Detective Scalf at 717-4709.

  • GUEST OPINION: Arizona ruling not very well thought out

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    A new state law in Arizona threatens to withhold 10 percent of funding from public schools and libraries if they don’t block “harmful” content on the Internet.

    The law, which goes into effect Aug. 1, requires that minors be blocked from accessing “visual depictions that are child pornography, harmful to minors or obscene.”

    According to The Arizona Republic, Rep. Steve Court, who sponsored the bill, says it’s intended to refine existing law.

  • Credit debt can be managed — with care

     While recent reports indicate that credit card debt had declined over the last year, much of this decline is due to financial institutions writing off delinquent debt and not due to consumers reducing the amount they owe.

    A study from Nerd Wallet indicates that the average household still carries $6,772 in outstanding credit card debt and paying down debt is an ongoing struggle for many consumers.

  • Newly elected should think twice before firing staff

    Aug. 2 is Election Day.

    Candidates for road superintendent are urged to make public a detailed list of their past six years of experience relevant to work generally performed by the highway department. Such information would be helpful to voters who do not have access to information posted on websites by candidates.

    Elected county department heads are paid substantially high salaries; the public has a right and deserves to know details about a candidate’s up-to-date experience.

  • We all will answer for our actions in the very end

    Freedom of conscience is God’s gift to humans.

    Our American Declaration of Independence recognizes this truth with the words: “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness — That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men ...”

  • Woman feels disconnected by all the gadgetry

    I get that dot.com on all my bills.

    I, for one, don’t have any of those contraptions.

    You can’t find anybody in the phone book any more; it’s all on cellphone etc.

    Have you noticed how small the phone books are? I looked in three last night hunting a young man that graduated from Roane State with a 4.0 grade average. I used to clean house for his mom.

    I wanted to wish him good luck.

    I saw his name in the paper but I just gave up.