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Opinion - Columnists

Gerson: Obama can't wish away terrorism

Published Jan. 20 2015

WASHINGTON -- President Obama's 2014 State of the Union address is remembered today mainly for this bit of rhetorical irony:...

Smith: The Willful Ignorance of Obama

Published Jan. 19 2015

If you were raised as a child before the 24-hour availability of television, online programming, iPads, or any other digital...

Who benefits under the Insure Tennessee Plan?

Published Jan. 18 2015

Insure Tennessee, the innovative health insurance proposal Gov. Bill Haslam announced in December, will help secure a healthier future for...

Cook: Why some Chattanoogans won't walk across Walnut Street Bridge

Published Jan. 18 2015

In 1906, an innocent black man named Ed Johnson was terrorized, beaten, shot and lynched from the second span of...

Kennedy: A love letter to YouTube

Published Jan. 18 2015

My vote for best invention of the Digital Age goes to -- insert drum roll here, please -- YouTube. ...

Summers: Nellie Kenyon was a pioneer journalist who covered big stories

Published Jan. 18 2015

A slight woman with an inquisitive mind, Nellie Kenyon stands out in the history of investigative journalism in Chattanooga during...

Krauthammer: Obama: Charlie who?

Published Jan. 18 2015

WASHINGTON -- On Sunday, at the great Paris rally, the whole world was Charlie. By Tuesday, the veneer of solidarity...

Cook: The more, the mightier, the black middle class

Published Jan. 16 2015

In the past several years, city leaders, planners and thinkers have made a concerted and strategic effort to recruit and...

Hart: Obama's answer to rising college costs

Published Jan. 16 2015

President Obama came to Knoxville last week to give away $60 billion more in taxpayer money. He said he wants...

Dionne: How government helps the 1 percent

Published Jan. 16 2015

WASHINGTON -- You may think that government takes a lot of money from the wealthy and gives it to poor...

Kennedy: Dance prodigy remembers her mentor

Published Jan. 15 2015

Barry VanCura, the founder and executive director of Ballet Tennessee, passed away two years ago this week. ...

Ignatius: The wrong response to Charlie Hebdo

Published Jan. 15 2015

WASHINGTON -- In the days after the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, France declared "war" on terrorism,...

Cook: How global can our local be?

Published Jan. 14 2015

Come June, let's give every last one of our Hamilton County seniors a graduation gift. ...

Cook: If it takes a village, this is the square

Published Jan. 13 2015

Not long ago, some teachers at Red Bank High were trying to figure out why certain parents never attended school...

Gerson: Washington's psychological polarization

Published Jan. 13 2015

WASHINGTON -- As the 114th Congress begins in earnest, there are a number of things -- such as tax and...

Ignatius: The U.S.-Iranian double game

Published Jan. 12 2015

WASHINGTON -- As the United States and Iran continue negotiating a possible breakthrough nuclear agreement, both sides are carrying concealed...

Smith: A Solution to Government Dysfunction

Published Jan. 12 2015

The problem most often cited by those surveyed by Gallup in its ongoing tracking poll reveals the growing disgust with...

Kennedy: Ways to parent by the football rulebook

Published Jan. 11 2015

All I really need to know, I learned from watching football at least when it comes to parenting.

Cook: Let's build what love looks like

Published Jan. 11 2015

Before we talk resurrection, let's talk tombs.

Krauthammer: A revenue-neutral gas tax the way to go

Published Jan. 11 2015

WASHINGTON -- For 32 years, I've been advocating a major tax on petroleum. I've got as much chance this time...

Dionne: The right's idea of 'governance'

Published Jan. 11 2015

WASHINGTON -- This will be no ordinary Congress, so there are no ordinary ways for judging how effective it will...

Murray: A German general in Chattanooga

Published Jan. 11 2015

Union Gen. Peter J. Osterhaus' division fought in three battles in 1863 around Chattanooga: on Nov. 24 at Lookout Mountain,...

Loftin: Tennessee tax system needs work

Published Jan. 10 2015

When the Times Free Press reported on Dec. 29 the county school board's unanimous vote asking that the state fully...