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Today's Opinions

  • Resolutions, sure, but why be so formal?

    Jan. 1 looms.
    Many of us are stuffed full from Christmas treats and are already planning how to shed some extra weight.
    We’re also promising ourselves we’ll finally clean out the basement, get more organized, get out of debt and paint that hall — the one with six doorway frames that will all need special attention.
    In other words, we have started on our New Year’s resolutions.
    Just talking about New Year’s resolutions makes some of us weary.

  • We’re really looking for more bang for tax dollars

    By LEE HAMILTON
    We are locked in a seemingly permanent debate over the proper size and scope of government. It was a centerpiece of the recent presidential campaign.
    It features heavily in the ongoing maneuvering over the “fiscal cliff” and the upcoming vote on raising the debt ceiling.
    And it surfaces regularly in the speeches and comments of politicians and opinion leaders who either take the government to task for growing too large or argue that it needs to play an even more active role than it does now.

  • Director Aytes reports on state of schools

    The State Report Card was released last month, so now is a good time to update our citizens on the status of Roane County Schools.  

    The report card shows academic improvement — and also shows many areas for growth.

    Our greatest improvement was in math, where we received an A in value-added scores and a B in achievement.  

    Our goal this year will be to maintain the A and improve our achievement score.  

    Our other achievement scores were an A in social studies with B’s in reading and science.  

  • Banning guns? Take away rocks sticks, bats, too

    Once again the call for gun control goes out.

    Arguably one aim of gun control is to make guns and thus killers less efficient.

    For instance, limit magazine capacity to make killers reload and hopefully slow the body count.

    Better yet, take away guns entirely and no one will be killed by guns (at least not until a cop goes nuts). 

Problem solved — no more murders, no more suicides, no more accidental shootings.

  • Morgan needs to apologize — and grow up, too

    This morning I have been sitting up thinking and unable to sleep because I  wanted to get this off of my chest.

    I am a regular subscriber to the Roane County News and have been for years.

    I have read articles on everything from the scandalized judges to starving babies and puppy  mills.

    Now all I have been seeing in the paper is the bashing of my good friend Teresa Kirkham, former property assessor of Roane County.

    I believe David Morgan won his seat as property assessor due to the help of his financial backers.

  • Grateful for Hurricane Sandy relief help

    I want to thank you for the coverage you gave to the relief effort for the Hurricane Sandy victims in the northeast.

    I also want to thank our churches and entire community for the wonderful response in loading the trailer with so many helpful, useful items.

    Landmark Truck Leasing in Knoxville donated the use of the trailer and Remote Area Medical Ministry also in Knoxville donated their tractor and fuel to haul the trailer to Union Beach, New Jersey where your gifts are already in the hands of the people who need them.

  • Bowers food drive success due to donors

    Every year, the staff and students at Bowers Elementary School sponsors a Thanksgiving food drive designed to provide our school families with much-needed food items for holiday meals.

    This year was a huge success as we provided baskets to over 90 families.

    These baskets included turkey, rolls, potatoes and many other canned food items.

    For many families in our community, holidays are very stressful times.

    We are confident that our food drive made Thanksgiving a holiday to remember.

  • GUEST OPINION: Do you have free speech in a shopping mall?

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Most Americans know that they can speak their mind in the public square, thanks to the First Amendment.

    But what about shopping malls, arguably the modern equivalent of a village green?

    Well, outside of California and New Jersey, the First Amendment’s strong protection for free expression — particularly speech involving public issues — likely won’t apply in your local mall if it’s privately owned.