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Today's Opinions

  • Removing Randy Ellis over comments on Facebook wrong

    I was shocked to read in the paper that Randy Ellis had been removed from the budget committee.

    I was even more shocked to hear Ron Woody removed him from the committee because he dared to inform the public of a public meeting.

    God forbid the people be informed and heard at a public meeting.

    Even Mr. Woody admitted that Mr. Ellis served well on the committee except for daring to disagree with Mr. Woody’s tax hike and informing people in his community about the upcoming vote and public hearings.

  • Roane County News columnist vitriolic, largely unanswered

    Recently I have noticed that the level of vitriol and personal attacks in public debate has increased greatly, and as we have seen lately, our local newspaper is not immune to this phenomenon.

    There is a local commentator who has a regularly provided position in our newspaper to promote his particular political ideology.

  • TVA lawsuit puts residents between rock, hard place

    Many of us are watching with interest as the first of lawsuits over TVA’s 2008 ash spill makes its way through federal court.

    The lawsuits, which kicked off last week in Knoxville, are important and many millions of dollars are at stake.

    It’s difficult for Roane Countians to take a side in these cases.

    One the one hand, many Roane Countians have suffered as the result of what TVA’s own inspector general has deemed carelessness.

  • A View from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Reminiscences of the old Emory Gap Post Office

    Gentle reader, as the onset of Autumn approaches, several annual events begin to show up on our calendars.

    One that many folks especially look forward to is the Roane County Heritage Commission’s social event at the old Court House. If you are not one of those who attend regularly, you really should consider doing so.

  • Writer revisits the Wisconsin teacher protest issue

    On Aug. 17, the editor of our newspaper wrote an article for the “Nuts and Bolts” section of the opinion page.

    It concerned a particular letter that the editor had modified prior to publication and the explanation of how and why it was so done.

    If I may I would like to address one of the details of that article.

    One of the subjects the original letter addressed was the protests in Madison, Wis., over the altering of laws governing public employee unions and, specifically, the teachers unions.

  • Thrift store, food pantry combo gives thanks

    On behalf of Seton’s Thrift Store and Food Pantry, we would like to recognize and graciously thank Harriman Save-A-Lot for being such a supportive business in our community.

    The store generously donated items to our food bank recently when our supply had run low, allowing us to provide meals for locals in desperate times.

    In addition to their generosity, they are consistently friendly with a great team of workers, especially Melissa and Randy. They always maintain a positive atmosphere for shoppers.

  • Putting 9/11 fear aside in favor of freedom

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” Franklin Delano Roosevelt said in March 1933 — speaking in his first inaugural address to a desperate and fearful nation wracked by the Great Depression.

    Those same words, which perhaps would be sent today as a tweet from PrezFDR.gov, translate well to today’s war on terror as we mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001.

  • 9/11 effort was in vain, but they tried

    By CLIFF SEGAR
    Like all of us, I recall where I was and what I was doing 10 years ago.

    Sept. 11, 2001, will be forever etched into our memories. And, like the rest, I wondered what I could do to help.

    At that time, I was living in the Atlanta  area. I was a field engineer for the Mobitex wireless data network. That was the first carrier for the BlackBerry system.

    By 10 in the morning, my manager had sent out a message to all of us field engineers to leave any downtown areas.