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Today's Opinions

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Even Marie Antoinette didn’t say let them starve!

    As long time readers of this column may recall, we dislike too early engagement in holidays.

    For instance, there are already Halloween decorations which are beginning to look shop worn and disheveled, even though it is more than a month until we reach All Hallows Eve, and there are stores that have already put Christmas things on display, almost three months early, however, we have decided that the most apt introduction to this week’s column is from that Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol.”

  • Good Samaritans’ kindness to elders not easily repaid

    On Thursday night, Sept. 19, my  parents, who are both in their mid-80s, had a flat tire while driving on  Hwy. 321.  

    Almost immediately, a gentleman stopped to help.  His name was  Travis Marcum.  He is the owner of Marcum Marine in Lenoir City.  He placed a  call to his son, who responded very quickly and they had the bad tire off and  the spare tire installed in no time at all.  

    They refused payment at the time, so we would like to publicly thank them.  It was a kindness not easily  repaid.  

  • GUEST OPINION: Stills honored for free speech through music

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    In the 221 years since ratification of the Bill of Rights, Americans have had the right to speak out. And sing out.

    In recognition of the power of free speech set to music, the First Amendment Center and the Americana Music Association join together each year to honor a prominent musician who has used his or her music to contribute to the markeplace of ideas.  

  • Seniors should be on high alert for scammers

    By JASON ALDERMAN
    I look forward to the day when we no longer need to warn senior citizens about scams designed to separate them from their hard-earned money.

    I’m not holding my breath, however.

    According to the FBI, senior citizens make attractive targets for con artists for a variety of reasons:

    They’re more likely to have a nest egg, own their home and have good credit.

  • New hospital good, loud IV alarms are not

    Have you ever planned a fantastic party and then missed it yourself?

    It just happened to me in the most unexpected way when I found myself being transported to the new Roane Medical Center at 4:30 in the morning recently.

    Coughing, feverish and in a mental fog, hardly able to respond verbally when I entered the ER, I was soon able to respond to questions by the attending staff.

    First my insurance cards were scanned, then my brain received the same procedure somewhere in the bowels of this very large facility.

  • GUEST OPINION: When God-talk by children is protected speech

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    If you ask a class of fifth-graders to write about someone they “look up to,” don’t be shocked when at least one of them decides to write about God.

    That’s exactly what happened in Millington, Tenn., earlier this month when 10-year-old Erin selected God as her idol because, as she explained, “He is the reason I am on this earth.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Bob Corker’s scandalous conduct confessed

    Our friends of the Republican persuasion have not reprised their song about Democrats promoting “class warfare” for a while. It is likely that even they don’t have enough nerve, or what is called “Chutzpah” in the Yiddish language, when their own actions are nothing except class warfare, in which they have all the weapons of mass destruction, (including poison gas in the form of every exhalation emanating from their lungs when they utter almost any kind of public remark).

  • Jim Henry knows what causes plight of many children

    Newborn babies, hospital records reveal, often are delivered exposed to drugs such as cocaine and marijuana.

    It is not uncommon for children to be in homes where methamphetamine labs are in operation.

    General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks and I also serve as juvenile court judges. We grant as many as four emergency juvenile petitions each week wherein the court order results in the removal of a child or children from their parents.