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Opinion

  • It happened in less than a minute.

    The LaFollette City Council meeting was called to order and the next thing you knew the LaFollette Police Chief had stepped down to a Lieutenant’s position.

    Well I’m not buying it.

    Lynch wanted that job.

    He applied for it less than two years ago and appeared to be doing his best. So why would he step down?

  •  Again, we have a situation where elected leaders should be quoting Oscar Wilde- the only thing worse than not getting what you want is getting what you want.

    Just ask the LaFollette City Council.

    In May 2009 it wanted James Lynch to run the city’s police force. He was picked from a sizeable pool of applicants. While he was the only one among them who was currently serving on the LPD force, there were others who possessed the management experience Lynch lacked.

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    I have written many columns during my years at the LaFollette Press.

    Some have practically written themselves. Others have been a struggle to get anything on paper.

    This is one of those columns.

    It is hard to write about someone who you admire and love like a sister. The difficulty is not in knowing they will read your words. The problem comes in finding the right words to describe their selflessness and dedication to a cause.

  • This will be my final column for Another View.

    It’s a bittersweet moment. I’m not sad, and this isn’t a loss. I feel as though I’ve had a good five year run and have enjoyed going into your homes, places of work, and wherever you might’ve been to wind down.

    You might be asking, “J.E., why are you leaving?”

    The answer’s quite simple.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.