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Opinion - Columnists

Preserving History: Polk Home Being Studied For Possible Inclusion in National Park System

Published Jul. 5 2015

COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Visitors to the President James K. Polk Home & Museum here learn quickly that the 11th president...

McCallie: Reconciliation through honesty

Published Jul. 5 2015

We gather tonight, first and foremost, to remember and grieve nine American citizens who were slain because they were...

Krauthammer: The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history

Published Jul. 5 2015

WASHINGTON — The devil is not in the details.

Cooper: Steeple on McCallie marks site of First Methodist

Published Jul. 5 2015

First-Centenary United Methodist Church, created by the 1967 union of the two oldest Methodist congregations in the city, takes part...

Greeson: Sneaky Six shift from sly to silly

Published Jul. 4 2015

Ah, the Sneaky Six, you remember them, right?

Gerson: Congress' Iran moment

Published Jul. 4 2015

WASHINGTON -- Late in the evening on April 13, speaking to a meeting of about 55 senators, Secretary of State...

Dionne: How much do we value work?

Published Jul. 4 2015

WASHINGTON -- Central to our national self-understanding is the idea that hard work pays off.

Hart: Trump raises the entertainment bar of presidential race

Published Jul. 3 2015

You have to hand it to Trump. He started out broke and, by pure determination and grit, built a big...

Martin: Still selling Obamacare

Published Jul. 3 2015

Half a decade after signing the Affordable Care Act into law, President Obama is still trying to sell it.

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Dionne: The right to be free from guns

Published Jun. 27 2015

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

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,...

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,...

Martin: A desperate grab for cash

Published Jun. 26 2015

Fiscally irresponsible? Jim, you're too nice.