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 /> Top official lost his wallet; is glad for locals’ honesty http://www.roanecounty.com/content/top-official-lost-his-wallet-glad-locals%E2%80%99-honesty <p> It is truly a blessing to live in a small town and community.</p> <p> I want to say thank you to an unidentified lady who found and turned in my wallet to staff at the Kingston Food City.</p> <p> On Sunday, after a long day traveling, my wallet either fell out of my car or I left it outside the Food City while retrieving a newspaper.</p> <p> On the way home, I noticed that my wallet was missing and immediately called Food City. The staff said a lady who knew me turned in the wallet and they placed it in their safe.</p> Based on quote, Beets misinformed on role of mayor http://www.roanecounty.com/content/based-quote-beets-misinformed-role-mayor <p> In Friday&rsquo;s (Oct. 10) edition of the Roane County News, the article titled &ldquo;Kingston&rsquo;s Choice: Beets or Neal for Mayor?&rdquo; talks about the experience of each candidate. The article was about a half page in length, giving each candidate equal space to discuss their history and qualifications for the position.</p> Neighbor: Big cat santuary too dangerous http://www.roanecounty.com/content/neighbor-big-cat-santuary-too-dangerous <p> This letter is based on information and statements from a Tiger Haven fundraising letter sent throughout the country by Mary Lynn Haven.</p> <p> Below are direct quotes from this letter. In the Tiger Haven letter an incident is described that occurred at Tiger Haven. The incident is the reason for the fundraising campaign.</p> <p> From the letter:</p> Well-deserved charity needs help to stay open http://www.roanecounty.com/content/well-deserved-charity-needs-help-stay-open <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 12.0px; line-height: 11.2px; font: 10.0px Georgia"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; ">I am writing in hopes of getting some help for the Clothes Closet in Rockwood.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> <span style="letter-spacing: -0.2px">They do so much for Roane and surrounding counties. Not only do they help needy families with free furniture and clothes, but they also give much more.&nbsp;</span></p>