Today's Opinions

  • Legislators should approve Haslam’s education program

    Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to establish a program he called “Tennessee Promise” gives hope for higher education to many high school graduates who might not otherwise have the means to enter college or technical school.

    The governor plans to use monies from the state lottery reserve fund to pay for this program.

  • Studying robins’ arrival for clues to changing weather

    On Jan. 19, 2013, I saw a group of four or five robins in the yard. I had never observed robins in January.

    I wondered if I would see them this year, then on Jan. 12 I looked out the window and saw a robin about 20 feet from the house.

    He was hunting for food, as robins do, and was there for 20 minutes.

    About 12:30, he was there again. I looked for others, but did not see any.

    Last year on Jan. 27, one daffodil blossom was opening. I am watching to see when it will be this year.

  • GUEST OPINION: More free speech in the face of bigotry

    First Amendment CenterOne of the most difficult times for the public image of the First Amendment is when its protection for freedom of expression means sheltering speech that most people find offensive, degrading or vile.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Some memories of the sixties and seventies
  • Shooter’s cruelty lamented by man who rescues strays

    I live in the Walnut Hills subdivision in Harriman.

    I have rescued and cared for many starving cats. I have helped neighbors get their cats shots and with spaying and neutering to help control the pet population.

    Around Jan. 20, someone in my neighborhood shot a female black cat with a pellet gun. Before she was struck, I had taken her into the vet to get her rabies shots and other vaccinations. I would let her come and go in my basement since she was a feral cat.

  • Many tried to help Ray Knight, but were prevented

    I am writing in response to Tina Pemberton’s recent letter to the editor regarding the life and death of Ray Knight.

    Ms. Pemberton is certainly welcome to her opinion, and I will not tell her that she is wrong to have it.  

    On some level, I agree that society failed Mr. Knight.  

  • Prayer is better when not linked to government

    This is regarding the story “Official wants prayer at games” that ran on Page 1 in the Jan. 22 edition of the Roane County News.

    Our Constitution prohibits government officials making rules that require religious practice.

    I very much believe in prayer.  

    It is a privilege God has given to us, and I believe that it is because of Jesus Christ that God hears and responds to prayer.

    Prayer is too special to be regarded as a kind of spiritual charm.

    I know that many of my fellow Americans do not believe as I do.

  • GUEST OPINION: A father makes case for medical marijuana

    The Tennessee General Assembly is beginning to consider a bill, HB 1385, known as the Koozer-Kuhn Medical Cannabis Act.  We are strong supporters of this legislation out of necessity — it may help save our son’s life.

    Like one of the namesakes of the bill, Piper Koozer, our 11-year-old son Aidan suffers from devastating seizures every day.