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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • GUEST OPINION: ‘Evil little thing’ gets lesson in religious freedom

    By Charles C. Haynes
    First Amendment Center
     At the tender age of 16, Jessica Ahlquist has already endured more verbal abuse than most people experience in a lifetime.

    A high school student in Cranston, R.I., Ahlquist has been taunted and threatened at school, targeted by an online hate campaign, and called “an evil little thing” by a state representative on the radio.

  • Public Notice Week — why you should care

    Should government keep public notices in newspapers?

    There are four words to consider:
    • Government
    • Public
    • Notice
    • Newspapers

    Only one of those words really matters — public.

    The issue of whether government should require the publication of public notices in newspapers is not about anything other than what is in the public’s best interest.

    This issue is not about what is good for government.

    It is not about what is good for newspapers.

  • Letter writer eats a meal of crow after published rant

    I messed up really bad and want to apologize to Roane County Executive Ron Woody. I know he’ll forgive me; he’s a good person.

    I sent in a letter to the editor a week or so ago. I wanted to vent my anger that none of the $43 million or so of the TVA payment to the county was applied to anything actually hurt by the ash spill.

    I was right to do that, but my letter seemed to bash Woody. I knew better than this when I wrote the letter.

  • Corporate ‘personhood’ not new concept

    Some of our local commentators have been ranting quite a bit, in recent months, about evil corporations being able to buy elections for their own sinister ends.

    It is stated this is made possible by a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling commonly called “Citizens United.”

    They claim that ruling bestowed upon corporations complete and full personhood with full rights to participate in our federal elections the same as living and breathing persons. I’m not completely sure, but I don’t think the ruling was exactly that broad.