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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST OPINION: Privacy issues taking new sets of twists, turns

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    Inside the First Amendment

    Strictly speaking, privacy is not a First Amendment issue. It’s not one of the five freedoms protected by the amendment’s 45 words, and in some cases it even works in opposition to the practical application of those freedoms.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: GOP doesn’t grasp economics, and never will

    Many of the Republicans who are so overwrought on the issue of the national deficit and resulting national debt claim that this is a moral issue.

    In other words, to function on deficit spending and accumulating debt is an immoral activity.

    To some of them it is a sin, bordering on being a crime.

  • RCHS band does its part for cancer cure

    I am a sophomore at Roane County High School and a member of the band.  

    I’d like to talk about something we do off of the band field.  

    For the past three years, the band has participated in the Buddy’s Race for the Cure in Knoxville.  

    This is an enjoyable event that supports local research and financial aid for cancer patients in East Tennessee.  

    For every year our team, Band Together for the Cure, has participated, we have received awards for largest and fastest community team.  

  • Must we battle needlessly over legislation?

    Ann Coulter, the Tea Party favorite and political author/commentator, is back on the talk show circuit with a new book.

    She revealed that she loved the way the Republicans in the House stood their ground.

    But I will remind her that so did Col. George Custer at the battle of the Little Big Horn.

    How bravely they stood against logic, reason and the political polls.

    The cost was exceedingly high, and many scalps were taken.

    Yes, there will undoubtedly be payback, but for now, Republican blood is shed.

  • GUEST OPINION: Return of student newspapers is a class act

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    Inside the First Amendment
    When does a blatant, criminal act of outright theft produce a good result — and an educational experience as well — in terms of the First Amendment?

    Apparently, such good result came about at Concordia College, a liberal arts college of 2,500 students, in Moorhead, Minn., just across the Red River from Fargo, N.D.

    Even though as a private school it’s not subject to those 45 words in the manner of a public institution, administrators clearly stand behind a free press.

  • Donation to Kingston library extraordinary

    Members of the Kingston Public Library Foundation would like to thank Scott Johnson for donating Wesley Johnson’s extensive book collection to the library.
    I am a member of the foundation. Several weeks ago my husband Roy and I were driving around on a beautiful fall day when we saw a sign for “C & C Estate Sale.”
    We attended the sale at a lovely home South of the River. The owner, Wesley Johnson, has passed away and the homestead was being auctioned.
    There was a home library with many, many, books.

  • Conservatives need to change extreme rhetoric

    The political climate in Washington changed briefly after the passage of a law to reopen government and extend the debt ceiling into 2014.
    Tea partyers stepped to the microphones to bemoan their failure with long faces, disappointment written all over them.
    Even U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz modified his strident tone and became less preachy.
    U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell actually smiled as he described what had transpired.

  • GUEST OPINION: Schools should spend less time on Halloween

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    Inside the First Amendment
    Principal Orlando Taylor believed he was doing the right thing last week when he sent a letter home announcing to parents that Halloween celebrations will be banned this year at Inglewood Elementary School.
    But Taylor underestimated how many parents in Towamencin Township, Pennsylvania are emotionally attached to the annual parties and parades featuring goblins, witches and ghosts.
    Outraged parents denounced the ban, calling it everything from ridiculous to un-American.