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Opinion - Columnists

Mounger: Americans must speak out for our wild lands

Published Feb. 20 2017

In the late 19th century, farsighted citizens took stock in the rapidly developing country, and realized the need to protect...

Smith: The Democrats' Indivisible is no Tea Party

Published Feb. 20 2017

Since Jan. 21, the day after Donald Trump's inauguration as America's 45th president, Democrats have demonstrated their anger and opposition.

Cook: Cell phone, toilets and emerald resurrection

Published Feb. 19 2017

Last Sunday, this column focused on the magnificent Howard baseball team.

Chattanooga History Column: The North Shore's hidden past

Published Feb. 19 2017

It is almost impossible to walk through Chattanooga without seeing reminders of our city's past. Monuments, markers, tablets and cannons...

Kennedy's Family Life Column: Movies are the ties that bind all of us

Published Feb. 19 2017

The Oscars are a week away, and I have seen only two of the nine Best Picture nominees: the historical...

Erlanger Auxiliary pledges $1 million

Published Feb. 19 2017

They are more than 800 strong. Each day, scores of them walk our hospital's campuses wearing green jackets and huge...

Greeson: A chance for board of education to teach civics and life lessons

Published Feb. 18 2017

Thursday night, as the Hamilton County Board of Education discussed which crumbling school buildings would get Band-Aids and comb-overs, there...

Martin: Which politicians would you like to meet?

Published Feb. 17 2017

It's easy when watching politicians on television, or reading about them in the paper, to forget that they are actual...

Hart: Don't get your political opinions from musicians

Published Feb. 17 2017

Entertainers took time from giving each other awards to give each other awards at the Grammys on Sunday. I'm surprised...

Greeson: Slow poll roll for start of early voting

Published Feb. 16 2017

Psst, not sure if you are aware but early voting started Wednesday for the upcoming city of Chattanooga elections.

Kennedy: Give a kidney, save a life

Published Feb. 16 2017

Imagine you are witness to a dying person whose kidneys have failed. Pretend the hospitalized patient is the mother of...

Lusk: Help a loved one quit tobacco use

Published Feb. 16 2017

Tobacco use is a serious problem in Chattanooga and across our state. National statistics show that more than 15 percent...


Greeson: Half words, candy hearts and a real reason to be kind

Published Feb. 14 2017

Valentine's Day is not my favorite.

Smith: A force for good on the field and off the field

Published Feb. 13 2017

Super Bowl LI was one for the history books. Vince Lombardi, the iconic Green Bay Packers coach for whom the...

Cook: The resurrection of Howard baseball

Published Feb. 12 2017

Last summer, Jon Johnson, a 31-year old Spanish teacher and baseball coach from north Alabama, accepted a job at The...

Chattanooga History Column: Mayme Martin -- Businesswoman and community leader

Published Feb. 12 2017

In 1930, Robert Martin asked his niece, Mayme, to come from South Carolina to Chattanooga to help manage his hotel....

Kennedy's Family Life Column: Finally getting with the program

Published Feb. 12 2017

We were one of the last households in our town to get high-speed internet.

TechTown Foundation hosts 100 girls from area for STEAMgirls' Movie Night

Published Feb. 12 2017

TechTown Foundation hosted almost 100 girls in grades 6 through 12 from 28 schools for a STEAMgirls' Movie Night Out...

Greeson: Wanting fair fees, and not being caught with our pants down

Published Feb. 11 2017

So Tennessee state Sen. Todd Gardenhire is pitching a bill that would relieve the Hamilton County school system from paying...

Martin: Business as social influencers is preferable

Published Feb. 10 2017

Businesses are unashamedly engaging as social activists and influencers these days, and I'm OK with it.

Hart: If the left keeps crying 'wolf,' protests won't work

Published Feb. 10 2017

Lefties have one go-to reaction to anything that does not fit their narrative: protest. They know if George Soros or...

Greeson: Social angst becoming a laughing matter

Published Feb. 9 2017

It's official. Being offended now needs to be an Olympic sport.

Kennedy: NASA pioneers get their due

Published Feb. 9 2017

If I had an Oscar vote, my 'Best Movie' pick for 2016 would go to 'Hidden Figures,' a film about...