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Opinion - Columnists

Cook: The universal wound of Lee Highway

Published Jul. 22 2015

Violence is a breach in the natural order of things; to suffer violence feels like a rupture, like having something...

Video: Behind our coverage of the Chattanooga shooting

Published Jul. 21 2015

Times Free Press journalists discuss how the Chattanooga shooting story is evolving, and how we are approaching coverage.

Cook: The semantics of terrorism and the quest for peace

Published Jul. 21 2015

We have been presented with absolutely zero evidence that Mohammed Youssef Abdulazeez was a terrorist.

Smith: The Greek Tragedy And America

Published Jul. 20 2015

Greece, a country with a population of about 11 million citizens, has long been viewed as the crossroads of Europe,...

Dionne: The Kasich-Walker debate

Published Jul. 20 2015

WASHINGTON — Republicans won't win the presidency in 2016 without making inroads in the Midwest. Happily for the GOP, two...

Cook: In the big heart of Chattanooga

Published Jul. 19 2015


Krauthammer: Iran Deal Is Worse Than We Could Have Imagined

Published Jul. 19 2015

When you write a column, as did I two weeks ago, headlined "The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history," you...

Murray, Robbins: WW I POWs at Fort Oglethorpe

Published Jul. 19 2015

The World War I prisoners at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., were a different breed from those of World War II, who...

Kennedy: Where does wisdom come from?

Published Jul. 19 2015

I interviewed a young Chattanooga woman the other day -- someone in her 30s -- who I found mature beyond...

Greeson: Trying to comprehend incomprehensible acts

Published Jul. 18 2015

We have been attacked by a terrorist.

Gerson: An appalling trivialization of life

Published Jul. 18 2015

WASHINGTON -- At first, it seemed like an Internet hoax. A doctor, over a glass of wine and a salad,...

Cook: On a normal Thursday morning, everything changed

Published Jul. 17 2015

The morning began just like any other. It was hot and getting hotter. White clouds moved in, the fat, fluffy...

Obama: Reaganite on Iran

Published Jul. 17 2015

WASHINGTON — When President Ronald Reagan met Mikhail Gorbachev in Geneva in November 1985, he whispered to the Soviet leader:...

Hart: The South doesn't need to be lectured on race by Democrats

Published Jul. 17 2015

Taking down Confederate flags flown on government property is something we should have done awhile back. The key here is...

Martin: Three cheers for "progress"

Published Jul. 17 2015

Tuesday was a great day for "progress."

Greeson: Will college sports keep generating enough revenue?

Published Jul. 16 2015

HOOVER, Ala. -- William Blake wrote "the road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom" in 1793.

Kennedy: One of Chattanooga's first sons to die in Vietnam finally gets his due

Published Jul. 16 2015

Glennett Kelley, of Decatur, Ga., slipped off her high-heeled sandals and walked gingerly through a shallow bed of landscaping stones...

Smith: The temper of our summer

Published Jul. 16 2015

In October 1962, our country approached the brink of nuclear war after the Soviet Union placed nuclear missiles in Cuba...

Cook: Suggestions for reading 'Go Set a Watchman'

Published Jul. 15 2015

A suggestion for reading Harper Lee's new "Go Set a Watchman."

Ignatius: Obama's well-crafted deal with Iran

Published Jul. 15 2015

WASHINGTON — As the Iran nuclear talks neared the endgame, some observers worried that President Obama and Secretary of State...

Gerson: Obama plays the lottery in the Middle East

Published Jul. 15 2015

WASHINGTON— As the world and the U.S. Congress examine the Iran deal's fine print, the strategic large print is clear...

Cook: The fear of a changing America

Published Jul. 14 2015

Morris Dees grew up the son of white Alabama cotton farmers. His father was hated by the local Klan because...

Dionne: Hillary Clinton's economic bet

Published Jul. 14 2015

WASHINGTON -- Will the 2016 presidential campaign continue to be held hostage to Trump-mania and stories about a rope separating...