Today's Opinions

  • Paradise Lost: The Vanishing East Tennessee Way of Life

    The old saying that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone is one that we all know too well. So often in our lives we think of this famous saying and feel its bitter bite.

    Bittersweet too are our memories of the rapidly vanishing East Tennessee way of life we once enjoyed. Soon the witnesses to the pre-mall, pre-asphalt, pre-cell phone, pre-central heat and air, pre-Internet days will be gone forever. Already gone are many of the unique things that made East Tennessee life one of pleasure and contentment.

  • We must have confidence in the voters

    Tensions are high as the election nears.

    In a week the county could have all new leaders or have the same ones in for another term.

    As journalists, my coworkers and I have stayed far away from the campaign rumors. Without factual information we dispel the rumors as just that.

  • Don’t judge a candidate by their signs

    I am ready to gladly join those who have grown weary of the multitude of campaign signs we are seeing.

    While I wholeheartedly support the candidates’ First Amendment right to have the signs and say whatever they want on them-I have grown tired of that right being misused.

    The First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech not the freedom to put a campaign sign every 50 feet. As the election has inched closer, the public outcry about the number of signs has gotten louder. I don’t understand how some candidates can say they have yet to hear a complaint.

  • Our Good Earth

    Many years ago, in the time when farmers worked their fields with oxen, and a John Deere tractor in every barn was a thing of fantasy, Pearl S. Buck published The Good Earth, her masterpiece about rural life in China. In The Good Earth, the manuscript that propelled Buck to fame and the Nobel Prize for literature in 1938, she told the story of Wang Lung, a poor farmer who overcame drought and countless other maladies to become one of the greatest landowners in China. As a farmer, Wang accumulated land for cultivation and personal wealth.

  • It should take more than a sign to get a vote

    In the most recent editions of the Press political profiles of candidates in the upcoming election have been published. The hope was to assist voters in making informed choices at the polls.

    A vote should stand for something. It should not be cast for a candidate because you went to school with someone or their signs are plastered throughout the county. A vote is an indication that you are confident in a person’s ability to not only lead but to make educated decisions that will benefit the majority of the population.

  • This One’s for You

    This One’s for You

    This essay, I forewarn you, represents political incorrectness at its height. In fact, before I continue I need to issue a disclaimer: I in no way condone the irresponsible use of alcohol.

    But I have a confession to make- I love beer.

  • The first year flew by

    Everyday is something new and exciting when you have a child. I only wish the time would stop flying by.

    My first child seems like a miracle in the way he has blossomed from an awkward newborn to a beautiful boy.

  • The candidate's silence speaks volumes

    In recent weeks the Press has gotten a fair amount of criticism for our coverage of candidates seeking office in the county.

    As a response to some of the hecklers, let me start by pointing out that there are more than 100 candidates on the Aug. 5 ballot. So in reality writing an exhaustive account of each politico’s credentials is not feasible for the 2.5 people that make up our news team.