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Years and years and years of school failures must end

Published Aug. 28 2015

Stop the presses.

ACT 'Wake-Up' Is National Crisis

Published Aug. 28 2015

Five weeks ago, we learned Hamilton County public school students tested below average on state tests.

Schools Holding Onto Other Funds?

Published Aug. 28 2015

No one doubts the need for more and better innovation in Hamilton County Schools, but Superintendent Rick Smith's recent decision...

Chattanooga 'heart' on display 10 years ago and other letters to the editors

Published Aug. 28 2015

Saturday marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's landfall on the Gulf Coast and the subsequent devastation of the city...

Martin: Beacon Center's new Legal Foundation a welcome addition

Published Aug. 28 2015

You own the house.

Opinion: Trump triumphing by being himself

Published Aug. 28 2015

It has been a remarkable month. Donald Trump -- "Citizen Vain" -- has taken the country by storm. Voters disgusted...

Ignatius: On eve of Xi's U.S. visit, China loses some luster

Published Aug. 27 2015

WASHINGTON -- When U.S. policymakers began planning Xi Jinping's state visit to Washington next month, they must have imagined that...

Greeson: Schilling latest one in the crosshairs of PC police

Published Aug. 27 2015

First off, Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany are never funny.

Beware of the GOP's stock market analysis

Published Aug. 26 2015

The U.S. stock market grew steadily for more than six years straight — the third longest bull market in U.S....

Biden candidacy would be formidable

Published Aug. 26 2015

Will he or won't he? It is the month of decision for Vice President Joe Biden.

Cosby: Doctors advised my mom to abort me

Published Aug. 26 2015

Several years ago, I visited my parents for a holiday family get-together. At one point, I went downstairs to peruse...

Trump's appeal is scary for country and more letters to the editors

Published Aug. 26 2015

I find the popularity of Donald Trump quite frightening.

Why Trump keeps fooling the media

Published Aug. 25 2015

When will the national cable network media stop trumpeting Trump?

Local rate hikes traceable to White House

Published Aug. 25 2015

With rate hikes announced by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and the Tennessee Valley Authority on Friday (when such bad news...

Eye on the Left: King's 'Can We All Get Along?' Not Being Taken To Heart

Published Aug. 24 2015

Someone's not taking to heart the plea of the late police violence victim Rodney King: "Can we all get along?"

Don't forget: Fossil fuels are finite! and more letters to the editors

Published Aug. 24 2015

One aspect of the fossil fuel/climate debate is being completely ignored by everyone. This essential fact is lost in the...

Smith: The personification of our political times -- Donald Trump

Published Aug. 24 2015

At his first town hall meeting in Derry, N.H., Donald Trump embraced vocal supporters as "my people," with calls, cheers...

Mapp: The Day Belongs to Decent-Minded People

Published Aug. 23 2015

As the son and namesake of James R. Mapp, I was very touched by the many expressions of sympathy and...

Cook: Among Chattanooga sports, what's the score?

Published Aug. 23 2015

Something has shifted.

Good Deed: Dennis 'Buck' Saunders serves the city of Chattanooga for 50 years

Published Aug. 23 2015

A 51-year employee of the city of Chattanooga received two professional achievement awards in recognition of dedication to his job...

Kennedy: Bugs, boys and tender hearts

Published Aug. 23 2015

One day last week, my 13-year-old son threw his backpack in the car and plopped down in the front seat.

Sen. Corker is still wrong on Iran deal

Published Aug. 23 2015

Sen. Bob Corker was in the Times Free Press office Wednesday slamming his hands on the table and bemoaning the...

Gaston: James A. Whiteside, Chattanooga pioneer

Published Aug. 23 2015

Before the last Cherokees departed on the Trail of Tears in the late fall of 1838, entrepreneurs were laying plans...