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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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Gay marriage ruling advances America

Published Jun. 27 2015

Congratulations to the many married or soon-to-be married couples in same-sex unions that will finally be recognized anywhere and everywhere...

Dionne: The right to be free from guns

Published Jun. 27 2015

Advocates of a saner approach to guns need a new strategy.

Marriage Ruling To Affect Far More Than Gays

Published Jun. 27 2015

For millennia, marriage has meant a covenant between one man and one woman.

Krauthammer: On lowering the flag

Published Jun. 27 2015

After a massacre like the one at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, our immediate reaction is to do something. Something,...

Court agrees: health care is a right, not a privilege

Published Jun. 26 2015

The Affordable Care Act (aka Romneycare, Obamacare and perhaps SCOTUScare) is here to stay.

Cook: Southern Horrors and the end of Nathan Bedford Forrest

Published Jun. 26 2015

In light of the racism and violence in Charleston, S.C., Nashville politicians are considering the removal of the 4-foot tall,...

Court determines will of Congress In ACA ruling

Published Jun. 26 2015

The unpopular Affordable Care Act lost its last chance to be remade into a truly affordable and workable health care...