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Tennessee Promise Can Be A Hand Up For Many

Published Jul. 2 2015

If ever Gov. Bill Haslam hopes to tell his critics "I told you so," it will be if his Tennessee...

California Joins 21st Century

Published Jul. 2 2015

California, which led states in recent years in parents shying away from vaccinating their children, now has one of the...

Ignatius: A modern version of 'massive resistance'?

Published Jul. 2 2015

WASHINGTON -- After the Supreme Court's historic 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Southern politicians adopted a strategy...

Kennedy: Would you pay $28 to be handcuffed to a stranger and locked up in a jail cell?

Published Jul. 2 2015

Would you pay $28 to be handcuffed to a stranger and locked up in a jail cell with just a...

Greeson: Flag can go, but freedoms must be guarded

Published Jul. 2 2015

I was born in the South, and I am proud of that.

To our council and lawmakers: It's time to move past the past

Published Jul. 2 2015

William Faulkner summed up the South well in Requiem for a Nun.

Wamp Gets Rubio's Appeal

Published Jul. 2 2015

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is only one of more than a dozen candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination,...

Gerson: Religious and gay rights must coexist

Published Jul. 1 2015

WASHINGTON — It is often the fate of conservatives to be concerned about the fire code and occupancy limit at...

What's next after the Confederate flag? and more letters to the editors

Published Jun. 30 2015

I am saddened by our actions at times in our great United States of America.

Dionne: The acceleration of history

Published Jun. 30 2015

WASHINGTON — Sometimes history speeds up. Rarely in our nation's 239 years of life has a single week brought such...

Scalia should have stuck to 'I'm not a scientist'

Published Jun. 30 2015

The Supreme Court took a hard right onto the conservative road of science denial Monday with its 5-4 opinion to...

Eye on the left: American, Not Confederate, Flag The Real Problem

Published Jun. 29 2015

Left-wing darling Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam group, thinks the country shouldn't stop at taking down the...

Are hearing loss lawsuits next? and other letters to the editors

Published Jun. 29 2015

Readers of the TFP and other media have recently been inundated with ads for hearing aids.

Smith: Recommit to authentic liberty

Published Jun. 29 2015

On Saturday, America will celebrate her 239th birthday, a birthday born from 13 colonies uniting under a rallying cry for...

Good Deed: Auditorium staff thanked for the return of lost wedding ring

Published Jun. 28 2015

Thank you for the opportunity to publicly thank Beverly Casey of the Memorial Auditorium administrative office and her associate Marcus...

Cook: Ashes to faith, dust to life

Published Jun. 28 2015

When Terry Lee Melton's two-story garage burned to the ground, it left behind a pile of ash and debris so...

Be kind and return walking canes and other letters to the editors

Published Jun. 28 2015

Please, when you find a walking cane in a shopping cart at the grocery or department store, please turn it...

Looking at terrorism with a new lens

Published Jun. 28 2015

Americans hear and read and talk a lot about terrorists — primarily foreign terrorists such as Al Qaeda or ISIS.

Fleischmann: Free Trade Supports Tennessee

Published Jun. 28 2015

There's been a lot said about free trade in recent weeks, some of it true, some of it false and...

The Rant

Published Jun. 28 2015

Hey Sabrena Smedley, Chester Bankston, Warren Mackey, Randy Fairbanks, Tim Boyd and Chairman Jim Fields: My discretionary fund provides donations...

Cooper: Early Methodists Planted Seeds For Today's Downtown Church

Published Jun. 28 2015

When the oldest existing Methodist church in Chattanooga was established in 1839, traveling Methodist pastors and Methodist missionaries to the...

West: Will the Real Fiscal Conservative Please Stand?

Published Jun. 28 2015

These days it's popular to call oneself a "fiscal conservative." In fact, it's so hip today in Hamilton County that...

Effective Nuclear Agreement Out of Reach?

Published Jun. 28 2015

With the deadline for a nuclear agreement with Iran only two days away, it now seems nearly impossible that a...