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Today's Opinions

  • Local Imagination Library making a big difference

    Roane Imagination Library has been a part of our lives for several years. 
    Although our grandson is now too old to continue receiving his books, his 3-year-old sister has been getting them since she was born. 
    It is fun when Bryson looks at a new book and says, “I remember getting this book. Can I read it to Kaylee?”
    The books begin as very simple stories and progress as the child gets older. They are always good quality with lots of colorful pictures and fun stories.

  • Staying between the ditches the best course

    As I drive along life’s road, I see ditches on the right and the left.
    Driving in either ditch will cause major problems.
    Problems encountered while driving in the left ditch cannot be blamed on the right ditch. Problems encountered while driving in the right ditch cannot be blamed on the left ditch.
    This nation will not go to hell in a hand basket over political or religious differences.
    Let us all take a deep breath and disagree in a mature and tantrum-free way.

  • Sounding the alarm for needed teacher supplies

    Anyone with teachers as family members, friends or neighbors knows they are always reaching into their own pockets for money for supplies.
    Sometimes that money is for instructional supplies for lab activities or for their own needs. Often, however, it is for supplies for students who may not be able to afford the very basics they need for successful learning.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: It’s gala time for the Heritage Commission

    We don’t know about you, gentle reader, but we can scarcely believe that a full year has passed since we were preparing for one of the social highlights of the year 2011, the Roane County Heritage Commission’s Annual Gala, but here we are getting ready for the social highlight of 2012, the Heritage Commission’s Annual Gala.

    Beyond the food and festivities, we dare-say that one of the great attractions of this annual event is the chance to meet many old friends, and equally, the opportunity to make new friends.

  • Was something fishy about case of resigning deputy?

    I had Deputy Derek Kennedy come to my house once for some problems we were having, and I found that he was good and honest.

    I feel bad that he left the sheriff’s department; I feel that they lost a good man.

    I have read all the write-ups in the paper on what happened when he left recently. It looked like Kennedy was trying to do his job, and David Mitchell was trying to stop him because he was afraid that his granddaughter was going to get a ticket for DUI.

  • Writer contends this fish story is 99.99 percent true

    I was reading the fishing report in last week’s Roane County News, and it brought back memories of a my last fishing trip, other than walking to a nearby creek with my grandkids.

    There may be a lesson or two to be learned for wanna-be fishermen.

    I was at work when a friend told me he had recently purchased a bass boat and asked would I like to go fishing with him on our first off day.

    “Sure” I said, quickly daydreaming of relaxing on a nice sunny day on the lake, pulling in one giant lunker after another.

  • GUEST OPINION: When police kill, public has right to information

    By KEN PAULSON    
    First Amendment Center
    There’s often tension between government and the press about access to public information.

    Typically, reporters  strive to use public-records laws to obtain information about government expenditures and decision-making.

    What’s on the mayor’s city-issued credit card?

    Does that ambitious new developer have business ties to members of the city council?

    Will plans for this development have a potential impact on the environment?

  • Says truth serum should be given to police officers

    Police are stealing weapons wherever they can.

    They will have someone come in your home and hold you at gunpoint until you sign your weapons over to them.

    The officer will then get a warrant already signed by the judge and then fill it out.

    Then they will call you up and have you bring the weapons to them.

    The law doesn’t care if the warrant is delivered to your house or not, just as long as they get the weapons.

    The officers are trying to steal the weapons for themselves.