Today's Opinions

  • Woman feels disconnected by all the gadgetry

    I get that dot.com on all my bills.

    I, for one, don’t have any of those contraptions.

    You can’t find anybody in the phone book any more; it’s all on cellphone etc.

    Have you noticed how small the phone books are? I looked in three last night hunting a young man that graduated from Roane State with a 4.0 grade average. I used to clean house for his mom.

    I wanted to wish him good luck.

    I saw his name in the paper but I just gave up.

  • GUEST OPINION: Artist rolls to victory over Crimson Tide

    First Amendment Center
    College football means big money. Amid talk of a possible national playoffs system, we’re reminded of the extraordinary revenue potential of an “amateur” sport.

    Understandably, universities want to maximize their income and protect their broadcast and intellectual-property rights, particularly in a digital age. And yet it was refreshing last week to see a clear First Amendment victory for someone who works in one of the oldest media: paint on paper.

  • Clean air push officially down to wire

    Chattanooga’s top air quality official told U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander that without recent improvements in air quality “the site of the new Volkswagen plant behind us would be a vacant lot.”

    Bob Colby, director of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau, joined Alexander at a recent press conference at the Volkswagen site.

  • Director of Schools Toni McGriff issues her last State-of-Schools report: Schools to go deeper into core curriculum

    Each year seems to be more challenging than the last in public education.

    In 2011-12, Roane County teachers and principals implemented a new evaluation program.

    In both cases, student achievement counts 50 percent of the total score on the individual evaluation.

    Simply put, that means that student test scores are critical to the evaluation of school personnel.

    Since our main focus is student achievement and every decision made is geared toward improving student achievement, it is not unrealistic to measure us that way.

  • Don’t skip skin cancer checks, sun safety

    There is a skin cancer check available in Roane County on June 25. This is to encourage all who can to attend.

    After several blistering sunburns in my teens when sunscreen was baby oil and iodine and sun protection wasn’t thought of, I now have metastatic malignant melanoma. It is present in my lung, breast, femur and a lymph node in my chest. I’ve undergone radiation and chemo. I’m 57 years old. This all started in my wrist with a “simple” looking mole that I paid no attention.

    Go, get your skin looked over.

    Thank you.

    Paula Townsend

  • GUEST OPINION: Students push back to keep items of faith

    First Amendment Center
    When Jake Balthazor was sent to the office by his teacher last week, imagine his surprise.

    After all, Jake hadn’t disrupted class, failed to do his homework or committed any other offense that might lead to disciplinary action at Coon Rapids High School near Minneapolis.

    The problem, it turned out, wasn’t with what the 15-year-old was doing, but with the black-and-silver rosary beads he was wearing.
    Rosary beads are used by many Roman Catholics to offer prayers to the Virgin Mary.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Misreading Wisconsin recall vote’s meaning

    Last week demonstrated once again how narrow and how uniform is the view of the “Chattering Class” in the news media, and likewise how like a pack of fox-hunting hounds they are in the main.

    If one of them thinks he or she has detected the vulpine scent, off said detector goes, baying as loudly as possible, and all the rest of the little chatterers goes a-baying after him, whether any scent be detected or not.

  • Suicide death victims have place in Heaven, too

    On May 31, I was at Roane Medical Center to be with my husband, Doug, who was hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer.

    I saw Bina Kirby, sister of J.T. Woods, standing outside the elevators from the emergency room. There were several family members with her as she was crying for the loss of her brother.

    I hugged her and told her that I would be praying for her and her family in this, a family’s most horrific time, a suicidal death.