Editor's note: Barry Courter has a 24-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 20-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.
Q: Dad, explain the concept of plausible deniability.
A: I'm for it. This is a great tool that has been utilized by children and parents since the beginning of time. While I'm a firm believer in being truthful, there are times when it is not only OK, but preferred that certain topics just never be brought up. In other words, I am perfectly content to not know everything that is happening in your life.
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...