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Opinion - Columnists

Cook: 40 cents or educational secession

Published Apr. 15 2015

Tuesday night, Rick Smith made the third stop on his 40-Cents-for-Public-Schools tour. This time, the schools superintendent spoke to a...

Dear Abby: My three-timing boyfriend may have given me a sexually transmitted disease

Published Apr. 15 2015

DEAR ABBY: I'm writing to warn as many other young women as I can about the dangers of unprotected sex....

Dionne: Hillary's role model ... Bush 41

Published Apr. 15 2015

WASHINGTON -- It's Hillary Clinton, not Jeb Bush, who will take former President George H. W. Bush as her role...

Gerson: Enter the reform conservatives

Published Apr. 15 2015

WASHINGTON -- The juxtaposition of Hillary Clinton's and Marco Rubio's announcements for president illustrates a serious problem for American progressivism:...

Cook: The politician the NRA forgot to invite

Published Apr. 14 2015

A few days ago, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker traveled to Nashville to speak at the annual National Rifle Association conference....

Dear Abby: Being left out of my husband's family meetings upsets me. Am I overreacting?

Published Apr. 14 2015

DEAR ABBY: My husband, "Rory," and I both come from close families. Whenever something is wrong, troublesome, etc., in either...

Greeson: Hillary's officially in the race

Published Apr. 13 2015

In the least shocking development of the spring this side of Chattanooga weather being completely unpredictable, Hillary Clinton announced her...

Dear Abby: Talk to husband about his cheating; divorce may be for the best

Published Apr. 13 2015

DEAR ABBY: I'm 38, married for 16 years and have two small children.

Gerson: Rand Paul's grand deception

Published Apr. 13 2015

WASHINGTON -- In March of 2013, Rand Paul occupied the Senate floor for a 13-hour filibuster, promising to "speak until...

Smith: 99 Days of Pay to Fund Government

Published Apr. 13 2015

No other measure demonstrates the burden of taxes on working men and women more than Tax Freedom Day, the day...

Cook: The most important airline you've never heard of

Published Apr. 12 2015

Last week, I wrote about Clay Wardlaw, the Chattanooga man who decontaminates the planes that evacuate Ebola patients from Africa...

Kennedy: iPhone angst and shotgun confessions

Published Apr. 12 2015

Here's my motto: If it's not broken, don't replace it.

Devaney: The hike that changed my life

Published Apr. 12 2015

Imagine finding a 5-month-old baby in a metal basket in a tent that is 102 degrees, seeing her mom in...

Robbins: Wolffs brought opera to life in Chattanooga

Published Apr. 12 2015

The Chatttanooga Times reported on Oct. 20, 1943, that 1,400 music lovers gathered at Central High School to hear the...

Dionne: The unpolarized Moynihan

Published Apr. 12 2015

WASHINGTON -- The problem with most discussions of political polarization is that they reach quickly for technical causes and solutions....

Krauthammer: The Iran deal: What we've given up

Published Apr. 12 2015

"Negotiations ... to prevent an Iranian capability to develop a nuclear arsenal are ending with an agreement that concedes this...

Greeson: Connect the dachshunds and enjoy the feedback

Published Apr. 11 2015

We are being overrun by dachshunds this weekend.

Cook: Apples to wombs: A vasectomy is not an abortion

Published Apr. 10 2015

In Nashville this week, senators were discussing abortion when Sen. Todd Gardenhire began talking about his own vasectomy. ...

Hart: Selective outrage feasts on Indiana pizza parlor

Published Apr. 10 2015

When I heard through the mainstream media that a gay couple in Indiana was denied catered pizza for their wedding,...

Kennedy: Turnips a sign of family tenacity

Published Apr. 9 2015

When Bobby Puryear, 57, was a young man, he overheard his father say that he was descended from a slave....

Greeson: Run for president, Bob; America needs you

Published Apr. 9 2015

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker has said he is not interested in running for president.

Smith: Remembering our greatest war

Published Apr. 9 2015

This week marks the 150th anniversary of Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia, the largest...

Dear Abby: Uncle 'Tony' reveals himself with shocking sext

Published Apr. 9 2015

DEAR ABBY: I am heartbroken. I was sending my uncle "Tony," who is like my best friend, pictures of a...