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Opinion - Columnists

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...

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...

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...

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.

Hart: Antonin Scalia, A Steadfast Man Willing to Act

Published Jun. 26 2015

A board I serve on in Washington, D.C., was fortunate to meet with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia last week....

Kennedy: Chattanooga's secret weapon

Published Jun. 25 2015

I was relaxing at home one night last week, flipping through a copy of Money magazine, when I spotted an...

Ignatius: Why Baker-Hamilton merits a fresh read

Published Jun. 25 2015

WASHINGTON -- "The situation in Iraq is grave and deteriorating. Sectarian conflict is the principal challenge to stability."

Cook: Meet the local gravedigger who saves lives

Published Jun. 24 2015

Saturday night had just turned into Sunday morning — Father's Day morning — and Tim Abernathy, 47, walked off the...

What others are saying about Confederate flag flap

Published Jun. 24 2015

"In the wake of that terrible tragedy, the flag issue has returned with a new intensity. Some critics view it...

Cook: What Emanuel AME Church can teach us

Published Jun. 23 2015

The black church has been and will remain one of the most powerful institutions in America. No bullet, no manifesto,...

Dionne: Charleston and the politics of evasion

Published Jun. 23 2015

WASHINGTON — We Americans are exceptionally good at evasion when we want to be. Our skills in this sphere are...

Smith: Obamaphone, Obamacare, Obamanet ... now Obamahood

Published Jun. 22 2015

As the "legacy" of Barack Obama continues to be written in the remaining months of his term, America has been...

Ignatius: Bush and Clinton should embrace their brands

Published Jun. 22 2015

WASHINGTON — The two dynastic candidates told compelling stories recently about why they should be president, but there has been...

Gerson: A campaign of bombast and ridicule

Published Jun. 22 2015

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump already has succeeded by provoking this column. Any form of public communication that puts "Donald Trump"...

Kennedy: Times Free Press columnist accepts government bribe

Published Jun. 21 2015

I took my first government handout last week.

Summers: Chattanooga's Kefauver had maverick reputation

Published Jun. 21 2015

Carey Estes Kefauver, well known as a congressman, U.S. senator and presidential candidate, got his start in Chattanooga.

Cook: A Happy Grunter's, I mean, Father's Day to you

Published Jun. 21 2015

I am a father, not a caveman.