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Opinion - Columnists

Cook: The glass ceiling is a flat screen TV

Published Aug. 28 2016

The Rio Olympics may have been the finest hour in American women's sporting history. The U.S. women won 27 gold...

Kennedy's Family Life: The boy who never forgets

Published Aug. 28 2016

There were two boys with the same obscure first name born on a late October day in 2006 at Parkridge...

Raney: Chattanooga's nicknames trace city's evolution

Published Aug. 28 2016

Promoting Chattanooga has been part of its culture for decades.


Greeson: College decisions that should make you wonder

Published Aug. 27 2016

OK, you know how we bemoan the "safe space" culture prevalent on college campuses and the knee-jerk internet morality mob...

Martin: Just say no to the political echo chamber

Published Aug. 26 2016

It is ever-so-easy to live in an echo chamber where all present are of the same mind and differing perspectives...

Hart: The Olympics -- The U.S. swimming upstream

Published Aug. 26 2016

If you like spectacular performances followed by tearful apologies, then the Olympics are for you.

Kennedy: Ridgeland High School's educational success story

Published Aug. 25 2016

Eighteen-year-old Tylis Green changed elementary schools five times in five years, often hopscotching across state lines in the process.

Loftin: Voting rights are about liberty and justice

Published Aug. 25 2016

When President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 a half-century ago, a year after passage of the...

Kincaid: National parks deserve our protection

Published Aug. 25 2016

From the trails of Signal Mountain to the ancient Moccasin Bend to the battlefields of Chickamauga, we enjoy the blessings...

Greeson: Vote gives Spiegel, Erlanger another reason to look forward

Published Aug. 25 2016

Kevin Spiegel does, in fact, have a rear-view mirror on his car.

Cook: From one American to another

Published Aug. 21 2016

[Note to readers: this column is meant to be read aloud, preferably in the presence of someone who makes your...

Winick: Should Erlanger be in the psych business?

Published Aug. 21 2016

I posed this question to Erlanger hospital leadership a month after I had been assigned to assess the market for...


Kennedy's Family Life: 'Hillbilly Elegy' helps explain 2016 election

Published Aug. 21 2016

If you've watched any cable news shows in the last 10 days, you might have seen a baby-faced young man...

Sawyer: Baron d'Erlanger's impact on Chattanooga still endures after 125 years

Published Aug. 21 2016

One hundred twenty-five years ago this week, a large group of Chattanoogans gathered on a four-acre tract at Harrison Avenue...

Greeson: Hamilton County school leaders' transparency is welcomed, but more details needed from Ooltewah

Published Aug. 20 2016

The Hamilton County Board of Education voted to release the findings of an independent investigation in the Ooltewah High School...

Martin: It's high time for new pot laws

Published Aug. 19 2016

The days of fearing "reefer madness" are waning. Yes, even in Tennessee.

Hart: Conspicuously absent from presidential race is not race, but issues

Published Aug. 19 2016

Absent from this presidential race has been one thing we might regret: discussion of the issues.

Blow: Why Blacks Loathe Trump

Published Aug. 19 2016

So now Donald Trump is campaigning for the black vote. (Long, awkward pause.)

Greeson: Charlotte schools doing a disservice to students by calling them only students

Published Aug. 18 2016

National headlines about education tell us many things.

Smith: It's called democracy

Published Aug. 18 2016

Last August there were 10 Republican presidential candidates, and in my judgment, nine were more qualified than Trump.

Kennedy: It's (almost) football time in Tennessee!

Published Aug. 18 2016

Bob Arnold, a former plant superintendent at the La-Z-Boy furniture factory in Dayton, Tenn., is a lifelong University of Tennessee...


Greeson: Here's an all-too-familiar civics lesson for all us -- test optional

Published Aug. 16 2016

We have become a cynical society.

Cook: Traumatic stress is changing the brains of children in Chattanooga

Published Aug. 14 2016

I keep thinking of that 5-year-old, the one who dialed 911 after witnessing his mother and father shot to death...