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Editorials

  • Should citizens get notice when city considers dissolving police?

    By Deborah Fisher

    More than 22 years ago, a group of citizens in Englewood filed a lawsuit against their city, alleging that their Board of Commissioners did not provide adequate notice of a meeting in which it selected a route for a highway expansion project.

    The case reached the Court of Appeals, which established a three-pronged test still relied upon today when considering if a public notice of a special-called meeting is adequate under the requirements of the Tennessee Open Meetings Act.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Follow the money — board not always wise in how money spent

    There is no doubt that a lot of money that could have been used for the schools was wasted — on the schools.

    In a recent discussion about why Roane County High School has not received a new roof it was explained that it makes no sense to put a new roof on a building if the building is going to be abandoned.

    Fair enough. But tell me how it makes sense to put $800,000 into a band room of a building that is about to be abandoned or torn down?

    Can we just all agree that schools money has not been spent wisely in the past.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Sometimes government can help

    Most folks understand the meaning of the phrase “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

    It was a favorite saying of President Reagan and small-government proponents who like to point out that the government usually makes things more complicated and more expensive.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Sometimes government can help

    Most folks understand the meaning of the phrase “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

    It was a favorite saying of President Reagan and small-government proponents who like to point out that the government usually makes things more complicated and more expensive.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Sometimes government can help

    Most folks understand the meaning of the phrase “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

    It was a favorite saying of President Reagan and small-government proponents who like to point out that the government usually makes things more complicated and more expensive.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Sometimes government can help

    Most folks understand the meaning of the phrase “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

    It was a favorite saying of President Reagan and small-government proponents who like to point out that the government usually makes things more complicated and more expensive.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Sometimes government can help

    Most folks understand the meaning of the phrase “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

    It was a favorite saying of President Reagan and small-government proponents who like to point out that the government usually makes things more complicated and more expensive.

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: Is C+ good enough for our freedoms?

    By Gene Policinski

    When it comes to our core freedoms, is a “C+” grade good enough?

    A new “First Amendment Report Card,” released by the First Amendment Center of the Newseum Institute, gives our First Amendment freedoms — religion, speech, press, assembly and petition — a barely passing grade.

    The grades were assigned by 15 panelists from across the political spectrum, some of them experts on First Amendment issues overall, and some who focus on specific areas such as religion or press.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Public deserves answers about fire

    Tennessee has been blessed with the Public Records Act, which provides for citizen access to public records.

    These records include all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, photographs, microfilms, electronic data processing files and output films, sound recordings or characteristics, made or received pursuant to law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business by any governmental agency.

    That definition would seem to cover just about everything a journalist or any citizen might want to know.

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: An open letter to We, The People

    Sending an “open letter” to President Trump has been in vogue these days.

    Social activists, business moguls, media chieftains and political leaders all have penned a multitude of them since the November election. Some offer advice, some raise alarms, some offer praise and some just convey insults.