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Opinion

  • Last week, over a million people turned out for an estimated 850 tea party events held across the nation.  

    Adopting the imagery of the Boston Tea Party, these independent activists from across the political spectrum brought out their pitchforks and protest signs to voice their outrage over unparalleled government spending.  

  • Have you ever heard the old saying, “It’s an oldie but a goodie?”

    This past weekend was Easter. In a religious sense, it’s by far my favorite holiday due to the example of renewal, rebirth, and hope for all.

    In a nostalgic sense, there were so many great movies on as well that I remember as a child.

  • President Barack Obama has just completed his first overseas international trip in his young presidency.  

    While in Europe, Obama attended the G-20 meeting in Great Britain, a NATO meeting in France, and a European Union meeting in the Czech Republic.During the same time, international events transpired that showed the naivety of Obama and the foreign policy he is implementing.  

  • Having special days that reminds us to love and be loved is so wonderful.

    For the past several weeks, I have had more rare opportunities than usual, to really enjoy some quality time with some of my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. One day in March, I took my little 3-year-grandson, Bryson with me to meet my daughter Patty at her house in Jacksboro. The three of us drove over to Knoxville Zoo where we met up with Patty’s daughter, Sandy, and her three children, Ava, 5-years-old, Aydin, 3-years-old, and Alex, 2-years-old.

  • What do you think when you hear about the end of the world?

    Do you believe it will happen, or do you feel as though it’s nothing more than a mere hoax? Despite your beliefs, this week’s story relates to everyone, Christian or not.

    Anyone who knows me, personally or through my weekly column, knows that I whole-heartedly believe in God.

  • It is called a diversion or sleight of hand, in magic.  

    In Gunsmoke, the bad guys would have set fire to the livery stable and while Doc, Festus and Marshall Dillon were putting out the fire, the guys in the black hats robbed the bank, or the Longbranch – or both.  

    In Washington, they just robbed the taxpayers.

    But, even though we just passed the largest spending bill in history, I am disturbed that something much bigger is in the making, such as our liberty and our individual freedoms being pilfered.   

  • Harold N. A. Hurry was a man who was like his middle and last names, always in a hurry.

    He complained so much that he’d often miss out on the little blessings that were all around. In fact, his favorite saying was, “Isn’t there any goodness left in the world?”

    Harold drove to the post office and was in a hurry, as usual. He was angry because the red light wasn’t turning green fast enough, as well as the man in the car next to him that was singing off-key with his windows rolled down.

  • Mark Levin is a nationally-syndicated radio host and conservative commentator.  He has just released a landmark new book, “Liberty and Tyranny:  a Conservative Manifesto.”  

  • Elected officials and those vying for office should not hesitate to answer questions from the public and the media.

    But last week that is what Jackboro’s mayor and some of the board of aldermen, along with one of the challengers competing for office, did.

    Earlier this month sitting board members Avery Burden, Mattie Lou Nance and June Forstner were hand delivered candidate questionnaires from the Press at the town’s monthly meeting. Mayor Jack Cannon was not there but a questionnaire was left for him.

  • As news about the AIG fiasco began to break late last week, it proved yet again how unprepared Barack Obama is to lead America out of this current economic conundrum.  

  • Author Anthony J. D'Angelo once said, “Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.”

    Have you ever seen that credit card commercial on television that says, “shrimp, $50; a night on the town, $75; having a good time with those you love, priceless.”

    Isn’t it amazing how we take so many important things for granted yet value something that only lasts for a few years and feel we’ve conquered the world?

  • This past weekend, I was in really bad shape.

    I threw my back out due to heavy lifting. It was one of those situations where I didn’t realized I lifted with my back until it was too late. I soon realized I had to meet my deadline for my column. To be honest, I was in so much pain that I wasn’t necessarily in the mood to write another story that would encourage readers to “keep on keeping on,” especially since I was lucky if I could even bend over to touch my shoes without feeling pain.

  • A politician running for a state office once made the statement, “Tell the voters anything they want to hear to get elected and after you get elected, then you can do anything you want.”  

    Isn’t this typical of what it is going on in Washington today?

    Take our Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, for example, or as Rodney Dangerfield would say, “take her, please.”  

    I remember her words in January 2007 after the Democrats took the majority and pushed through the pay-as-you-go budget rule.

  • I love springtime. It brings forth new birth in creation all around us.

    A time of resurrection for nature to come alive. This brings my thoughts to the meaning of Easter.  A time for us humans to come alive out of our slumber and sleep, and accept the reality of what Easter really means- new life.

    Jesus Christ said; “I have come that they may have life, and that they may, have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)