Today's Opinions

  • Time for hate-spewing billboard to come down

    On my daily travels up and down the roads across the South, I’ve seen billboards and signs everywhere.
    I have noticed the Roane County Tea Party sign on Interstate 40 near the Industrial Park: “America or Obama, you can’t have both.”
    I’m sorry to say that it’s time to take down the sign; I have America and President Obama.
    I have America to thank that a bunch of hatemongers was not going to influence what America was really about by putting signs that spewed hatred up along the interstate.

  • Now engaged in great social war, loss of republic

    A “funny” thing happened while we were napping — we lost our Republic.
    Usually on this special day (Thanksgiving) we speak to and honor the founding documents and their inspired speeches of the greatest nation on earth.
    But those documents have been systematically shredded and we find ourselves gripped in a progressive nightmare beyond our comprehension.

  • The donkey has brayed — heed the warning

    I missed the TV coverage of the meeting between the president’s representative and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
    The talking heads on CNN and
    MSNBC made reference to McConnell’s exhibit of levity as he reviewed the contents of the proposal offered by President Obama.
    I can’t quite get my mind around the picture of the stone-faced McConnell actually laughing a Phyllis-Diller cackle at the president’s expense.

  • Largen gets it right on hospital, remembrances

    Gerald Largen’s Thanksgiving column was excellent.  He gave thanks for friends and mentioned Hal Jones who had recently passed away. 
    My wife, Jean, and I also remember Hal, whom we knew though his sister, Selma Myers.
    Gerald also put forth a cogent explanation of concern about the possibility of the soon to be vacated Harriman hospital being taken over by the Veterans Administration. 
    It was much better stated than my sort of similar thoughts.
    Jim Leitnaker

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Bravely done, Liz Holiway, we’re proud of you

    We have several topics we wish to touch on briefly today, but it is most orderly to address the long running topic, or soap opera, of Dr. Scott DesJarlais.

    We have in the past called attention to the fact that this man’s conduct while bearing the official designation of Republican Representative in the Congress serves to besmirch the reputation of the Grand Old Party almost as much as that of the doctor himself.

    It has been plain that he presents himself as the duly elected Republican from the 4th district.

  • GUEST OPINION: Petraeus affair reminds us how little is private

    First Amendment Center
    National attention to the Petraeus affair is driven by everything from morbid curiosity to concern for national security. But for most of us, issues of privacy and the First Amendment also should take center stage.

    As shown by the FBI’s relatively quick trip through the online missives of Gen. David Petraeus’ trysts, not much — if any — of our electronic communication is genuinely “private,” not even for the director of the world’s largest spy agency.

  • Congress needs to read, think, collaborate

    Center of Congress
    An intriguing conversation about the next step in the fiscal drama is taking place among our elected leaders.

    At this early point it is mostly at an exploratory level, but it’s no less real for that.

    A day after an election in which a changing electorate essentially cemented the status quo in place — re-electing the president and keeping Congress split between the two parties — the stock market swooned.

  • GUEST OPINION: First Amendment gives us much to be thankful for

    First Amendment Center
    Last week, at a time in which Americans traditionally give thanks, two incidents beyond our shores remind us not to take freedom of expression for granted.

    In China, Zhai Xiaobing’s tweet on Nov. 5 jokingly linking a popular horror movie to the Nov. 8 Communist Party congress led to his arrest on charges of supporting terrorism.

    His tweet, which said “An earthshaking debut will be seen at the global premiere on Nov. 8!,” was apparently a reference to the Great Hall of the People.