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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST OPINION: Gay equality trumps religious objections

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    In the wake of two favorable Supreme Court decisions, gay-rights proponents got another boost this month with the release of State of the First Amendment: 2013, a public-opinion survey supported by the First Amendment Center.

    According to the new poll, a majority of Americans (62 percent) now agrees that religiously affiliated groups receiving government funds can be required to provide health benefits to same-sex couples, even if the group has religious objections to same-sex marriage or partnerships.

  • The sting of that attack still burns — and itches

    Like Middle-Eastern terrorists, they were lying in wait, armed and dangerous, with revenge on their minds.

    Territorial, yes, and very capable of serious damage and inflicting terrible pain.

    Camouflaged by bands of colors —  dull reds, yellows and darker tones against a background of dull grays — they were virtually invisible.

    Unaware of their presence and intent, I blundered into their field of fire.

  • GUEST OPINION: Constitution dispels myth of Christian nation

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Culture warriors, pseudo-historians and opportunistic politicians have spent the last several decades peddling the myth that America was founded as a “Christian nation.”

    The propaganda appears to be working.

    A majority of the American people (51 percent) believes that the U.S. Constitution establishes a Christian nation, according to the State of the First Amendment survey released last month by the First Amendment Center.

  • Immigration reform both pro-growth, pro-agriculture

    Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate passed a commonsense immigration reform measure in a strongly bipartisan fashion. This was an important step in the right direction – especially for producers, farm workers and rural communities.
    The historic legislation passed by the Senate provides a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million people who are in our country today without authorization. They will have to go to the back of the line, pay fines and settle taxes they owe our nation.

  • OFF the CUFF by Cheryl Duncan

    My daughter remembers nothing about the first day of her senior year of high school.

    The memories she has formed from that first day on the threshold of her final high school year are from what her father and I have shared with her.

    The reason she has no memories to call her own is because on that important day, my daughter suffered a concussion.

    She was removing her backpack from the back seat of my car when we were rear-ended in the school parking lot. The impact knocked her head into the top of the car.

    “Ow!”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Has Chambliss unwittingly spilled NSA beans?

    On This Week with George Stephanopoulis, Sunday, 28 July, 2013, Georgia Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss was asked by the interlocutor whether he would be surprised to learn that National Security Agency (NSA) people had listened in on telephone conversations.

  • Consolidation of schools? Writer doesn’t like idea

    The school board has mentioned it is planning a study on school consolidation.  

    Consolidation is not a good idea in my opinion. Say Rockwood High was closed and then we had to bus high school students to Kingston where a larger high school was build.

    A lot of new families moving to Roane County would probably not move to Rockwood if they had to bus their children to Kingston  and so would live in Kingston or wherever there was a high school.  

  • Wish we could all turn $10 into $40 like initiative did

    The 2013 Pro2Serve Challenge for Roane Imagination Library has drawn to a very successful close.  

    Approximately 100 businesses and individuals in the county took to heart the challenge of raising $7,500, an amount to be matched by Pro2Serve.

    That amount would be matched once again by the Governor’s Books From Birth Foundation.  

    That’s right, a donation of $10 turned into $40.