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Today's Opinions

  • Largen’s take on priests wrong on many levels

    This letter addresses columnist Gerald Largen’s unwelcomed attack on the authority of the Catholic Church to establish behavioral expectations for its members. His question “How far should we defer to priests’ decisions?” is inappropriate on several levels.

    First, members of the Roman Catholic Church should, in my opinion, at least attempt to follow the tenets of their professed faith, and should be free to do so, unencumbered by laws enacted to force the church or its members to support practices that violate these tenets.

  • New uranium processing facility needed

    By RON WOODY
    Roane County Executive
    Y-12 involves much more than maintaining the nation’s nuclear stockpile.  

    Work completed in the uranium processing facility will include dismantlement and disposition, material recycle and recovery, nuclear nonproliferation, producing fuel for naval reactors, and supplying medical isotopes that will be used in cancer treatment.

    Opponents of the new Y-12 uranium processing facility are simply misleading the public in referring to this facility as a “bomb plant.”  

  • Neal deserves an apology — and her salary back

    I agree with James Stout about the shabby treatment of Kingston City Clerk Eleanor Neal about the mistake which was made in the matter of the tax rate.

    If anyone should have been punished with taking away a month’s salary, it should have been the city manager. It was his responsibility to see to it that such a mistake was not made.

    After all, it is his duty as the city manager to supervise all the things that go out of the office.

  • Guest Opinion: Win for CIA is loss for rest of us

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    Governments like to keep things secret. To be fair, some government officials see the benefit of the free flow of information, but governments reflexively tend to keep things from public view, particularly if the information may raise questions about government conduct.

    Of course, our guarantees of freedom of speech and press were instituted in part to keep an eye on people in power.  If we’re to assess effectively how well our public servants are doing their jobs, we need access to information.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Do European elections foreshadow U.S. ones?

    Much of the news the past few days and weeks has originated in Europe, particularly in the European Union and the Euro Zone.
    Three of the more prominent identities mentioned in this European news are the President of France, the Prime Minister and Cabinet of the United Kingdom, and the leaders of the largest news organization, News Corp., Inc., the Murdoch family. Each of these has a lesser or greater connexion with the United States.

  • Mullins falsely accused in jail construction issue

    I recently was made aware of and read the April 30 edition of your newspaper, where the headlines read “Mullins suing county.”
    I was the project manager in charge of the day-to-day operations at the Roane County Detention Center and was employed in that capacity by Roane County government.
    I feel it is my duty after reading this article to come forward as I have done many times officially and in depositions, to inform the citizens of Roane County that at no time during this project did Brian Mullins do anything wrong on this site.

  • Withholding news right call under rare conditions

    Journalists are in the business of telling the news, not hiding it.
     But there are times — very few times, despite conspiracy-and-bias claims fueled by a media-criticism cottage industry — when news organizations do decide to hold the news that they know.
    These instances are rare enough that when they happen, it’s news in itself.

  • Roane County Executive Ron Woody: A national park for Roane County is in the works

    Continuing with the Five Point Star management approach, one of the current focuses is industrial and economic development.

    There are many aspects of economic development, one of which is tourism and overall livability for the area.

    This piece focuses on making the Manhattan Project a national park, helping not only tourism for Roane County but also adding an important aspect of culture, history, art and livability.