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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST OPINION: Stills honored for free speech through music

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    In the 221 years since ratification of the Bill of Rights, Americans have had the right to speak out. And sing out.

    In recognition of the power of free speech set to music, the First Amendment Center and the Americana Music Association join together each year to honor a prominent musician who has used his or her music to contribute to the markeplace of ideas.  

  • Seniors should be on high alert for scammers

    By JASON ALDERMAN
    I look forward to the day when we no longer need to warn senior citizens about scams designed to separate them from their hard-earned money.

    I’m not holding my breath, however.

    According to the FBI, senior citizens make attractive targets for con artists for a variety of reasons:

    They’re more likely to have a nest egg, own their home and have good credit.

  • New hospital good, loud IV alarms are not

    Have you ever planned a fantastic party and then missed it yourself?

    It just happened to me in the most unexpected way when I found myself being transported to the new Roane Medical Center at 4:30 in the morning recently.

    Coughing, feverish and in a mental fog, hardly able to respond verbally when I entered the ER, I was soon able to respond to questions by the attending staff.

    First my insurance cards were scanned, then my brain received the same procedure somewhere in the bowels of this very large facility.

  • GUEST OPINION: When God-talk by children is protected speech

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    If you ask a class of fifth-graders to write about someone they “look up to,” don’t be shocked when at least one of them decides to write about God.

    That’s exactly what happened in Millington, Tenn., earlier this month when 10-year-old Erin selected God as her idol because, as she explained, “He is the reason I am on this earth.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Bob Corker’s scandalous conduct confessed

    Our friends of the Republican persuasion have not reprised their song about Democrats promoting “class warfare” for a while. It is likely that even they don’t have enough nerve, or what is called “Chutzpah” in the Yiddish language, when their own actions are nothing except class warfare, in which they have all the weapons of mass destruction, (including poison gas in the form of every exhalation emanating from their lungs when they utter almost any kind of public remark).

  • Jim Henry knows what causes plight of many children

    Newborn babies, hospital records reveal, often are delivered exposed to drugs such as cocaine and marijuana.

    It is not uncommon for children to be in homes where methamphetamine labs are in operation.

    General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks and I also serve as juvenile court judges. We grant as many as four emergency juvenile petitions each week wherein the court order results in the removal of a child or children from their parents.

  • GUEST OPINION: E-debate prompted by Syrian mess

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    There’s nothing good to find in the current standoff between the Syrian government and the United States — people there are dying as diplomats ponder, politicians posture and nations take strategic sides.

    But consider the value of “free press” and “free speech” in taking to an amazing new level the public debate in the United States over what to do next — a process that in many nations surely would have been a secretive discussion.

  • Debate on Syrian action encouraging

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center on Congress
    As Washington swirls with proposals, counter-proposals, and political brinksmanship in response to diplomatic efforts on Syria, the situation has a lot of people scratching their heads.

    Couldn’t President Obama and Congress have handled this differently?