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Today's Opinions

  • These dronezzz are bigger threat to our society

    The  guest opinion article by Gene Policinski in the Feb. 22 edition of Roane County news gave an overview of the spread of “drone” technology and its possible uses against American citizens.

    Violation of First Amendment rights was an expressed concern should our own government authorities use this technology improperly.

  • GUEST OPINION: When do student prayers cross the line?

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Students are free to pray in public schools – except when they aren’t.

    If this sounds confusing, pity school administrators charged with figuring out if and when to draw the line on student prayers.

  • Celebrity protection unnecessary, harmful

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    It’s open season on paparazzi in celebrity-laden states as legislatures gear up to protect the rich and famous.

    Most recently, the Hawaii legislature was so grateful that Aerosmith singer and American Idol judge Steven Tyler purchased a home on Maui that it named an anti-paparazzi bill after him.

  • OUR OPINION: Aytes marriage to employee is, indeed, conflict

    The selection of Gary Aytes as Roane County Schools director has been welcomed by many — and rightly so.

    At a time when funding and teachers’ employment issues have caused tension elsewhere, he has boosted morale among teachers and parents in Roane County.

    Aytes also has found love along the way.

    At a school board meeting last month, Aytes was congratulated on his recent marriage to Glenna Treece, a well-respected former Midtown Elementary School principal who now works as the school system’s parent involvement coordinator.

  • Forefathers couldn’t imagine weaponry future

    Oh, yes, the problem of gun control rears its ugly head yet again.
    I am totally for the Second Amendment to our Constitution.
    Yes, I should have a handgun to protect myself and family.
    Yes, everyone should have a rifle if they want to hunt game. (I love venison with potatoes, carrots and onions, but I could never shoot a deer).

  • New hospital nice – with little better direction

    Location is everything in real estate, some say, and the new Roane Medical Center is expertly positioned to be accessible to local and regional patients.
    The open house on Sunday was a good chance to get a feel for this patient-friendly facility.
    Lots of natural lighting and views of the countryside will make a stay there less tiresome, and the couch-bed for overnight guests of patients will be very well received.

  • How big? An unresolvable argument

    By LEE H. HAMILTON
    A few weeks ago, in his second inaugural speech, President Obama waded into the longest-running argument our history offers.
    “Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time,” he said, “but it does require us to act in our time.”
    He had just laid out a rationale for government action on infrastructure, protecting the security and dignity of people, climate change, inequality, the strength of arms and the rule of law.

  • Lone Star State gets failing grade for Bible courses

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional the devotional use of the Bible by public schools, in its ruling on Abington Township v. Schempp.
    But many school districts in the Lone Star State still haven’t gotten the message, according to a report released last month by the Texas Freedom Network entitled “Reading, Writing and Religion.”