Today's Opinions

  • Cold medicine law punishes good people

    The prescription requirement for medicine containing pseudoephedrine is not based in fact.

    Police estimate that near 95 percent of meth comes from Mexico via Atlanta. How would a prescription mandate keep Mexican meth out of Tennessee?

    If people are still able to obtain prescription painkillers to abuse, how can we expect a prescription to keep pseudoephedrine from meth cooks?

  • Why do the innocent people have to pay?

    I was disappointed to hear that Harriman has passed an ordinance to restrict the sale of cold and allergy medicine containing pseudoephedrine.

    Why is it that for every social ill, it is the innocent and honest citizens who have to pay?  

    We are creating a culture of laws that penalizes the innocent masses for the crimes of the minority.  

    This is not a good trend.

  • Tribute to Scott McNew brings mom’s thanks

    I am writing this letter to the Harriman High School and its athletic club in regard to the honor they  bestowed to my deceased son, Scott McNew.

    What a wonderful thing to do!

    Scott was devoted to the athletic system and the school system as a whole.

    He loved all the boys, coaches, principals, his psotters, the quarterback club, PTO and, especially, the announcing system.

  • Rand Paul’s word thefts sparks ire

    Rand Paul, aka Son of Ron or abbreviated SOR to conserve ink, has reached a new low in his public discourse by using plagiarized material in his speeches without acknowledging the authors.

    He is setting a bad example for all students and especially for those Roane County students who are now engaged in writing their entries for the Roane County student writing contest, which completes in early 2014.

    Plagiarism is forbidden in this contest, and entries found to contain plagiarism will be rejected.

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

    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.