http://www.roanecounty.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en GUEST OPINION: More on media and government secrets http://www.roanecounty.com/content/guest-opinion-more-media-and-government-secrets <p> <em>By Gene Policinski, First Amendment Center</em><br /> Will the government ever do it &mdash; charge a reporter under the Espionage Act with endangering national security for disclosing classified information?<br /> <br /> No journalist ever has been prosecuted for receiving and writing about such leaked information. Two recent controversies raised questions of how far the Department of Justice officials might go in investigations of such &ldquo;leaks.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> But President Obama clearly stepped back from taking the issue to any constitutional cliff.<br /> LETTER: Bigots wrongly think they can speak for us http://www.roanecounty.com/content/letter-bigots-wrongly-think-they-can-speak-us <p> No, racism isn&rsquo;t dead. It isn&rsquo;t even sleeping. It is hiding behind closed&nbsp;&nbsp; doors of houses built with cow&rsquo;s dung.&nbsp; It is just as strong and ugly, and it raises its head to announce things, opinions and people it will not tolerate.<br /> <br /> What arrogance to make personal decisions for someone else because their own fragile senses are offended.<br /> <br /> A cereal company had the audacity to include a mixed-race couple with a child in their commercial.<br /> <br /> The cow&rsquo;s dung house exploded with anger and indignation.<br /> LETTER: School-shooting security increase is unnecessary http://www.roanecounty.com/content/letter-school-shooting-security-increase-unnecessary <p> Should we raise taxes and spend huge amounts of money on beefed up security in our schools &mdash; NO!<br /> <br /> Here&rsquo;s why:<br /> <br /> Since 2000 the United States has averaged 2.46 school shootings per year, including shootings where no one, including students, were injured or only the shooter died (suicide).<br /> <br /> The chances of any particular K-12 school in the United States experiencing a shooting incident in any given year is approximately 1 in 53,925.<br /> <br /> Congressional investigations must be done right http://www.roanecounty.com/content/congressional-investigations-must-be-done-right <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/Lee_Hamilton_color.jpg" alt="Lee H. Hamilton" title="Lee H. Hamilton" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> <em>By Lee H. Hamilton, Center on Congress</em><br /> By my count, 11 separate Washington investigations are looking into the three big issues besetting the Obama Administration right now: Benghazi, IRS targeting of Tea Party groups, and the Justice Department&rsquo;s pursuit of national security leaks to Associated Press reporters.<br /> <br /> That&rsquo;s a lot of scrutinizing by any measure.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;Don&rsquo;t get me wrong.<br /> <br /> A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: A report from McGlothin-Largen Park http://www.roanecounty.com/content/view-lick-skillet-report-mcglothin-largen-park NOTE: In a note to last week’s column, we reviewed the list of candidates in the upcoming election and pointed out that at least five of the candidates are cousins of the late senator Howard Henry Baker, Jr., namely Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen; County Executive candidate Mike Farmer; County Commissioner Bobby Collier; County Commissioner Carolyn Collier Granger; and County Trustee Wilma Eblen. We then stated that “there may be one other,” but we are sure of these five. Dealing with big-cat sanctuary take collaboration http://www.roanecounty.com/content/dealing-big-cat-sanctuary-take-collaboration <p> The Roane County Commission, state Rep. Kent Calfee and state Sen. Ken Yager have said that Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency controls all aspects of the operation of Tiger Haven.</p> <p> In contrast, TWRA claims that its only responsibly with regard to Tiger Haven is the inspection of the cages and fences and the number of big cats housed in the facility.</p> <p> TWRA further states that there is no limit on the number of cats that can be kept at Tiger Haven.</p> <p> Roane County lost a lawsuit in an attempt to control the facility.</p> Greatest threat? Gillum takes Johnston to task http://www.roanecounty.com/content/greatest-threat-gillum-takes-johnston-task <p> Existential is a good word and a powerful one.</p> <p> Gary Johnston&rsquo;s letter in your July 18 issue used it to describe the dire consequences of President Obama&rsquo;s illegal actions regarding Central American immigrants.</p> <p> So great is this threat that Johnston claims it is the worst threat ever faced by the USA.</p> <p> I assume he includes the War of Independence, American Civil War, the threat of nuclear war, the first and second World Wars, the Great Depression and the near collapse of the financial markets in 2008.</p> <p> Worse than all those things?</p> A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Joe H. Walker – A profile in courage http://www.roanecounty.com/content/view-lick-skillet-joe-h-walker-%E2%80%93-profile-courage <p> (NOTE: Last week&rsquo;s column concerning Sen. Howard H. Baker, Jr. &lsquo;s, Roane County roots and kinsmen was reinforced as we reviewed the list of candidates in the upcoming election. At least five of the candidates are cousins of the late senator. First is Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen; then County Executive candidate Mike Farmer; County Commissioner Bobby Collier; County Commissioner Carolyn Collier Granger; and County Trustee Wilma Eblen. There may be one other, but we are sure of these five. As we said in the caption, his Roane roots ran very deep.)</p>