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Opinion - Columnists

Greeson: Chattanooga police chief deserves extra help to fight violent crime

Published Jan. 24 2017

Fred Fletcher has had a full week. And yesterday was only Monday.

Robin Smith: America's budget mess

Published Jan. 23 2017

America's budget is a mess. The money coming in is less than the amount being spent. Yeah, that means we...

Cook: Peace in the age of Trump

Published Jan. 22 2017

In the weeks since Election Day, I have read, listened to and considered more conservative opinion and thought than in...

Family Life: Confusion in the 20th century about race relations

Published Jan. 22 2017

The oldest baby boomers have begun turning 70 years old.

Chattanooga History Column: Cameron Hill has rich history

Published Jan. 22 2017

Located just west of downtown Chattanooga, Cameron Hill, the mirror image of Lookout Mountain, has a rich history. Given the...

Good Deed: Erlanger Inspiration Garden supported through acts of kindness

Published Jan. 22 2017

It's called the Erlanger Inspiration Garden and it's located right outside the downtown hospital's Cancer Center. Research has shown the...

Mikul: The heart of our great democracy lives on and is worthy of respect

Published Jan. 22 2017

The country's top intelligence experts declared in a now-declassified document that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign to influence...

Greeson: Parking studies, a writer for the ages and great reader feedback

Published Jan. 21 2017

First, let me say how much I appreciate all the feedback I get from readers.

Smith: "You say you want a revolution?"

Published Jan. 21 2017

This week, the nation is seeing a transition of power like it has not witnessed since the Beatles sang about...

Martin: This is not an attack column

Published Jan. 20 2017

Every week I check my reader emails. Sometimes it's every two weeks. Sometimes I'll do it a couple times in...

Hart: Yellow journalism flows down Trump's leg

Published Jan. 20 2017

Libs are mad because Hillary lost, and they are acting out.

Greeson: I trust in God, regardless of what's on my tag plate

Published Jan. 19 2017

What is on your license plate?


Kennedy: Chattanooga women create mural for victims of human trafficking

Published Jan. 19 2017

The women gather in the back room of an art supply store in East Brainerd. They sit amid long, flat...

Humayun: Creating a more integrated society will make America truly great

Published Jan. 18 2017

The unique opportunity to hear a college professor speak for the second time captivates a classroom of typically overactive 12-year-olds....

Greeson: When it comes to chess, age is just a number

Published Jan. 17 2017

I sat at table No. 4, waiting for my beating.

Smith: Honor King's respect and love

Published Jan. 16 2017

I was 4 years old when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the American icon, was assassinated by an escaped prisoner...

Cook: From the coal mine to the ghetto

Published Jan. 15 2017

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was once again arrested in Alabama, and sentenced to four days in the...

Kennedy's Family Life: Rockettes, trucks and a drone in my wife's hair

Published Jan. 15 2017

I had never experienced a 'surreal' day until one recent Saturday, when a cloud of weirdness wrapped around me like...

Chattanooga History Column: Temperance movement included Harriman university

Published Jan. 15 2017

Eighty miles northeast of Chattanooga in Roane County lies Harriman, born out of the temperance movement and subsequently known as...

Greeson: Kudos to local leaders in fight against gun violence vs. kids

Published Jan. 14 2017

With that caveat, let's celebrate the meeting of the minds and powers that be who convened at Erlanger hospital on...

Lester: The downfalls if Trump cancels Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals plan

Published Jan. 14 2017

Imagine the images of 10,000 young people being deported every week. If President-elect Trump cancels the Deferred Action for Childhood...


Martin: Chattanooga City Hall's election year Oprah impression

Published Jan. 13 2017

Talk about opportunistic. Chattanooga City Hall is churning out goodwill in the form of taxpayer funded financial commitments at a...

Hart: Our spying-industrial complex needs to be reviewed

Published Jan. 13 2017

Here is what we learned about this administration in the wake of purported Russian 'phishing' of Clinton campaign manager John...