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Today's Opinions

  • Wish we could all turn $10 into $40 like initiative did

    The 2013 Pro2Serve Challenge for Roane Imagination Library has drawn to a very successful close.  

    Approximately 100 businesses and individuals in the county took to heart the challenge of raising $7,500, an amount to be matched by Pro2Serve.

    That amount would be matched once again by the Governor’s Books From Birth Foundation.  

    That’s right, a donation of $10 turned into $40.

  • GUEST OPINION: Rights for religious same for those who believeth not

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Government in America must be neutral among religions and neutral between religion and non-religion — at least that’s how the U.S. Supreme Court interprets the establishment clause of the First Amendment.

    But escalating conflicts involving government treatment of the nonreligious — atheists and humanists — reveal that far too many government officials are confused and conflicted about the meaning of “neutrality.”

  • Mammoth hazard lurks for those who boat at night

    A terrible fatal boating accident on the Hudson River recently reminded me of the close calls I have had with the dark hulks called barges.

    Drunk, under the influence or stone-cold sober, the operators of these commercial barges are dangerous to captains of small craft and extremely so when boating at night near the lights of a city.

    On a dark night, the outlines of the sides of the barges being pushed are without lights of any kind.

  • GUEST OPINION: Fear after violent incidents imperils our core liberties

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    At various times, every American likely has wished for less of some things that the First Amendment protects.

    Less hateful speech. One less noisy protest group. Or maybe even the swift departure of a media outlet or personality whose stance or voice is just grating on a personal level.

    But for the most part, those wishes come and go – or the targets do, as media fortunes or political trends wax and wane.

  • Schools director says pricey bags won’t be ordered

    I would like to explain the confusion over the “bag” issue that has occurred with the school system. 
    These bags WERE NOT ORDERED AND WILL NOT BE ORDERED BY THE SYSTEM. 
    It has always been the procedure of the courthouse to call when they receive a questionable requisition from different departments. 
    They will then send the requisition back for review.  I did not receive a call on this requisition. It was sent to the newspaper instead of calling me. 

  • Bag-gate shows time for change on school board

    The proposed purchase of two $585 mailbags is just a sample of the wasteful spending of the school board, and they seen to be untroubled by this expense. The post office will furnish bags for free. Makes us wonder what more they are wasting tax payer dollar on.
    Roane County News did a wonderful job in reporting this — many thanks. It is definably time for a change on the school board.
    Roane County School Board asked the County Commission for a tax increase. The School Board just can’t operate within a budget. 

  • American-made motorcycle bags cheaper, sturdier

    Roane County School’s requisition to purchase mailbags to transfer school and courthouse mail at a cost of $1,170.00 is asinine. 
    Essentially, they are asking to spend $585 per bag for the equivalent of two Harley Davidson saddle bags, and they probably won’t be sewn as well as regular Harley Davidson products.
    My family and I grew up in the textile business, and my brother still runs the leather goods company that makes a percentage of Harley’s leather goods. 

  • Teachers’ pay is hard-earned and well-deserved

    I listened with interest to the discussion of the Roane County School Board at its monthly meeting last week, but was even more interested in comments within the crowd.
    When the salaries of the teachers and other instructional staff were mentioned, a gentleman sitting near me pointed out that teachers in Roane County are paid the 15th highest rate in the state.
    I detected some disdain in his voice.
    I wanted to stand up a shout, “You bet they are, and they deserve every penny and more!”