Opinion

It's time to return Democrat John Allen Brooks to the Hamilton County Commission District 6 seat.

  • July 23rd, 2014  |
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By the normal rules of a county general election, Randy Fairbanks — the Republican primary nomination winner with no Democratic opposition — should be waltzing to a victory in the Aug. 7 Hamilton County general election.

Early voting began Friday, and in Tennessee much is at stake.

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When Hamilton County Commissioner Joe Graham ran for the District 6 seat in 2010, people told him they didn't know or never saw their then-commissioner, who was John Allen Brooks. So they voted for a change.

Randy Fairbanks only had a few days to savor what many believed was an upset victory over incumbent Fred Skillern in the May Republican primary for the District 1 seat on the Hamilton County Commission. He had no Democrat opponent and so was virtually assured his seat.

Voters in Tennessee's 3rd District Republican congressional primary have an opportunity to take the first step on what the United States political landscape will look like in the near future.

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The question of Israel’s troubled relationship with the Palestinians is one I’ve grappled with on and off since I was a child. During my current trip in Israel in which I’ve taken shelter from rocket fire in basements, stairwells and inside public sculptures, it’s been a lot more on than off.

  • July 23rd, 2014  |
  • By Thomas P. Balázs
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Each week for almost 27 years, with the exception of a period of time I ran for Congress, I have facilitated a Bible study class at my church in Hixson.

  • July 21st, 2014  |
  • By By Robin Smith
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In the nearly dozen years that I've worked at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, I've never seen so many of my newsroom colleagues receive journalism awards for the work they do.

My sons, ages 12 and 7, are experts at the art of negotiating with wishy-washy parents.

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Are all UAW members as unhappy as those in the July 11 front page photo appear to be? Try smiling for a change.

  • July 20th, 2014  |
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President Obama goes to Texas not to check the border but to pick up a check.

  • July 13th, 2014  |
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Obama is getting us deeper into this mess, but so-called U.S. intelligence must share a big part of the blame for making the call on WMD.

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America is in a mess. And it began on the heels of World War II.

Walter Williams is right.

Recently, at the Walmart on Brainerd Road, I witnessed a good deed.

  • July 20th, 2014  |
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