Today's Opinions

  • Flea products are not equal, but some are safe

    Let me start by saying how sorry I am for the loss of Mr. Gibson’s beloved cat, as described in the Aug. 15 letter to the editor.  

    I do not personally know Mr. Gibson, but I know how incredibly difficult when anyone loses a beloved family member.  My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this difficult time.

    However, scientific evidence does not support his conclusion.  

  • Alpha House seeks to minister to whole person

    This is a letter to the East Tennessee area, especially the Anderson County community at large, and all churches within the scope of this paper.

    I have several questions for those pondering what they can do for the betterment of our community to combat the rampant moral depravity that is sweeping the entire nation.

    It seems we cannot turn on the television without encountering another horror story about a berserk madman shooting people in a public place.

    Crime is on the rise, and, in turn, our jails are full.

    Who is committing these crimes?

  • GUEST OPINION: Day may be when religion, or lack of, will not matter

    By DAVID L. Hudson Jr.
    First Amendment Center
    A San Francisco police officer contends in a federal lawsuit that his First Amendment rights were violated when his employer punished him for his off-duty hobby of nude “figure study” photography.

    The San Francisco Police Department believes that officer Gared Hansen’s photography of nude women is not appropriate for his position.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: You must read this Free Press analysis of Ryan

    Gentle Reader: Today’s column about Paul Ryan, Romney’s pick as running mate, may provoke questions, even skepticism, about its authenticity; but we assure you, it’s authentic, it’s real, it’s genuine, so read on with care but without doubts:

    “... Ryan seems like the perfect vice presidential candidate for the people who actually want a true-blue, tried and tested conservative on the Republican ticket.

    “Except for one problem. He’s an imposter.

  • Thanks to paper, reporter, for news on hospital effort

    On behalf of the Veterans Council for the Roane Medical Center Conversion Project to transition the facility to a veterans hospital, we would like to extend our deepest appreciation to the Roane County News for its willingness and interest in publicizing information regarding the project.

    We would like to especially thank Cindy Simpson with the Roane County News for her hard work and support to make sure the information was relayed in an accurate and timely fashion.

    She, along with her paper, has been a tremendous asset in helping to keep everyone informed.

  • Founding Fathers had a hypocritical side re: humanity

    I read the letter to the editor in the Aug. 15 edition of the Roane County News and wanted to remind people of something that far too many of us have forgotten.  

    We hear much talk of this country being founded on Christian principles and most speak of the Founding Fathers with fond words and expound upon their moral values.  

    It would be well to remember the truth as to the beginnings of this nation.

    I love our country and would never wish to live anywhere else, but I believe we should always have a true remembrance of what is truth.  

  • GUEST OPINION: Public access also a plus in assuring fair trial

    First Amendment Center
    When courts withhold public access to certain police or other records before trials — particularly high-profile ones — the reasoning generally reflects a desire to preserve the suspect’s right to a fair trial.

    No quarrel here with a fair trial.

  • Right to believe or not believe is critical in USA

    I am a Christian who is enraged at the lack of respect and tolerance for people of different religions.

    Whether a person is Hindu, Buddhist, Sikhist, Shintoist, Confucian, Jainist, Catholic, Hebrew, Christian, agnostic, atheist or any other faith or non-faith, in the United States you have the right to practice your belief or nonbelief.

    The Sikh Temple killings in Wisconsin and the Sikh Temple vandalism in Murfreesboro are abhorrent and the result of total ignorance and lack of love and kindness for all humankind.