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Student lives matter -- all of them

Published Mar. 31 2015

School discipline should be colorblind. Period.

Dear Abby: My husband is against sperm donation. Should I tell him I'm an egg donor?

Published Mar. 31 2015

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I were chatting recently and the subject of sperm donation came up. He surprised me...

Gun fanaticism presents risks to all and more letters to the editors

Published Mar. 31 2015

A gun fanatic recently wrote about statistics, claiming that "only slightly more than one" child a day was killed with...

Sometimes it's hard to see black and white as gray

Published Mar. 31 2015

Nationally, black girls are suspended six times more than white girls, according to a new study, and black boys are...

McPherson: How TVA plans to kill Ocoee rafting

Published Mar. 30 2015

In 1976 when TVA's wooden flume line was taken out of service and water returned to the riverbed, no one...

Eye on the left: Talking dirty about Hillary

Published Mar. 30 2015

If -- or when -- Hillary Clinton announces her candidacy for president, at least one group is ready to strike...

Dear Abby: Wife doesn't like sex, got bad mom advice

Published Mar. 30 2015

DEAR ABBY: I've been married 20 years and have three children. What I haven't had is desire for sex or...

Smith: Sadly, We Do Negotiate with Terrorists

Published Mar. 30 2015

As several horrific kidnapping and hostage situations involving American journalists and tourists played out in public view, families interviewed after...

Greeson: Open up and say, 'Ah, thanks, Doc"

Published Mar. 30 2015

Happy Doctor's Day.

Atheists have an oath problem and other letters to the editors

Published Mar. 30 2015

Behold, the great discovery that the state Constitution forbids atheists to hold office.

Finding the silver linings of environmental clouds

Published Mar. 30 2015

About 30 middle schoolers -- pulled by teachers from their comfort zone in the classrooms of Skyuka Hall (formerly Scenic...

Cook: Pearls before swag: reasons to keep women off the $20

Published Mar. 29 2015

I go weak in the knees over Alice Paul. Always have, always will.

Good Deed: Brainerd High thanked for honoring Betty Lumpkin

Published Mar. 29 2015

Thank you, Brainerd High School, for dedicating the school's library in honor of Betty Lumpkin.

Kennedy: Try snooze-button parenting today

Published Mar. 29 2015

My iPhone alarm -- a sonar ping -- sounds every morning at 5:45 a.m. sharp.

Dear Abby: Good manners are extinct among daughters' friends

Published Mar. 29 2015

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have two daughters whom we have taught to use good manners. We are proud...

Ted Cruz Not Ready For Big Stage

Published Mar. 29 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz is like Ronald Reagan without the charm. And the achievable bold ideas. And the executive governing experience....

Summers: Introducing a woman's touch in law

Published Mar. 29 2015

When former Chief Justice A.B. Neil of the Tennessee Supreme Court wrote his autobiography, "My Great World" in 1964, he...

The Rant

Published Mar. 29 2015

Great! Raise local taxes for public schools so the state can voucher it into the pockets of unaccountable for-profit charters...

It's America's time to make voting easier -- not harder

Published Mar. 29 2015

Who can argue with making voting rights more practiced and truly voter-friendly?

Krauthammer: The GOP racing form: First edition

Published Mar. 29 2015

WASHINGTON -- With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it's time to start handicapping...

Donor finds purpose, friendship, community at Blood Assurance and other letters to the editor

Published Mar. 29 2015

I recently donated a single unit of platelets and a single unit of plasma at Blood Assurance. I saw many...

Tennessee should move ahead on medical marijuana

Published Mar. 28 2015

Medical marijuana will soon be legal in Georgia, and that's a good thing.

More Foreign Policy Bergdahls?

Published Mar. 28 2015

When American hostage Bowe Bergdahl was exchanged for five Taliban commanders last May 31, the Obama White House already knew...