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Today's Opinions

  • Here’s one letter that will make your heart just purr

    Sometimes warm stories are few and far between, so I thought I would share a recent experience that would hopefully elicit a few smiles.

    I ran into Walter and Gloria Gaines at breakfast one morning last week. As we usually do, we talked pets.”
    They shared this story:

    Coming into their driveway at dusk a week or so ago, they noticed a cat sitting near the road. At first they thought it was one of their cats, Ginger.

    Walter got out of the car, and immediately realized that the heft of this cat was a bit less than the heft of Ginger.

  • Courthouse gala a big hit thanks to all these folks

    The Roane County Heritage Commission’s eighth gala in honor of the historic Roane County Courthouse was a great success.

    The party, which was held in the historic building in downtown Kingston on Oct. 1, raised a substantial amount toward the matching fund requirement of the Tennessee Department of Transportation Grant the Heritage Commission received to restore the l58-year-old structure.

  • Reporter’s arrest impacts freedom of all citizens

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    The First Amendment right of a free press to publish the news absolutely requires that journalists be free to gather the news.

    So when police improperly arrest a journalist who simply is reporting at a scene, they do more than violate one person’s rights — they attack our collective, constitutional right to know from a free and independent source what our government is doing so that we may hold it accountable.

  • A view from Lick Skillet: Advice to Bill Haslam: Fire Bill Gibbons, now

    For some time now, we have felt that our Governor, Hon. Bill Haslam, was a nice guy, one with whom you would enjoy sitting around shooting the breeze.

    We did not vote for him, although we thought him more congenial than his opponent, Mr. McWherter.

    The one overwhelming factor that caused us to refuse to cast a favourable vote for Mr. Haslam was the feeling that in any contest between the interests of big business and of little people, Bill would unerringly fall into line with the interests of his fellow multi-millionaire big business buddies.

  • Student wins religious case against board

    By CHARLES HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    If you wonder why many Christian parents view public schools as hostile to their faith, talk to Michael Ayers — father of a sixth-grader in the Pocono Mountain School District in northeastern Pennsylvania.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Dusky brew buys my guy some good will

    I’ve told my boyfriend he has one free get-out-of-jail card, so to speak, in our relationship.
    That’s because he gave me coffee.
    Not that coffee hasn’t been around all my life. Even as a very young child, I remember waking up on weekdays to the signature scents of my father getting ready for work: fresh-brewed coffee and freshly applied shoe polish.
    While I found the aroma of coffee intoxicating, I could never stomach the stuff.
    It inevitably left me with a tummy ache.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: It’s all over but the crying — and the smiling

    The inevitible has happened.
    One of my favorite relationships is coming to an end.
    My dentist is retiring.
    I’ve only been seeing Dr. Tom Pritchard for four or five years, but, in my book, he was the best dentist I’d ever had.
    I started going to him when my other dentist — someone at one of those big, impersonal offices in Knoxville — quit taking my insurance.
    On my first visit, Tom gave me his standard, new-customer dental care lecture — the one each of his patients has had to endure — for their own good.

  • A View from Lick Skillet By Gerald Largen: Do Right-wing Republicans believe Bible?

    Money, Money, Money!

    Have you noticed, gentle reader, that almost the entire spectrum of Republican positions is based upon money, the getting, the having, the keeping, and the passing on of money?