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Opinion - Columnists

Greeson: A weekend filled with reasons to forever remember all our heroes

Published Aug. 14 2015

This weekend, the community will pause as we honor the five fallen military men killed by a gunman last month...

Martin: Mark Cuban and the generic Republican stereotype

Published Aug. 14 2015

I'm assuming Mark Cuban hasn't spent much time following Republican politics.

Kennedy: Teens flock to car-control school

Published Aug. 13 2015

Forget what you've been told about the 10-and-2 driving grip.

Greeson: Smith, Hamilton County ready to start school; are you?

Published Aug. 13 2015

Forget the autumnal equinox or the temperature; for a lot of us, summer ended this morning.

Brown: EPA's Power Plant Rule Also Hits Small Businesses

Published Aug. 13 2015

There's no such thing as a free lunch. Someone always has to pay. Always.

Green: Exhaust Others Options Before Gas Tax

Published Aug. 13 2015

There is an impending problem with road funding that's compounded by the failure of the president and Congress to address...

Opinion: Tennessee's Republican supermajority has failed

Published Aug. 12 2015

The Republican supermajority has failed Tennessee for a number of reasons, most intriguingly...

Gerson: Help Trump marginalize himself

Published Aug. 12 2015

WASHINGTON -- In the first Republican debate, the klieg light that Donald Trump always carries around with him revealed four...

Dionne: Obama vs. the cavaliers of unilateralism

Published Aug. 11 2015

WASHINGTON -- If you wondered why President Obama gave such a passionate and, yes, partisan speech on behalf of the...

Smith: Diversity And Merit, The GOP Candidates

Published Aug. 10 2015

Crowded. Messy. Out of control.

Ignatius: The American president on edge

Published Aug. 10 2015

WASHINGTON -- Can an American president make big, historic changes in the country's direction with a relatively narrow base of...

An open letter to Chattanooga from Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert

Published Aug. 9 2015

The tragedy of July 16 has left us feeling a terrible loss of our shipmates -- a sailor and four...

Family Life: How to outsmart your kids

Published Aug. 9 2015

Donald Trump may have written "The Art of the Deal," but he's got nothing on my two sons when it...

Summers, Robbins: Tokyo Rose, propagandist in the Pacific

Published Aug. 9 2015

Iva Toguri, an American citizen, was criticized after World War II for being propagandist Tokyo Rose.

Cook: As we lay dying

Published Aug. 9 2015

Saw the most beautiful thing the other day.

Krauthammer: Just who is helping Iran's hard-liners?

Published Aug. 9 2015

WASHINGTON -- The latest Quinnipiac poll shows that the American public rejects the president's Iran deal by more than 2-to-1....

Greeson: Trump slides, Clinton stumbles, TVA makes strides

Published Aug. 8 2015

Donald Trump entered the first Republican debate with a chest-thumping swagger galvanized by weeks of one-liners that had lifted him...

Lunghino: Why Tennesseans celebrate clean power here today

Published Aug. 8 2015

"The planet is warming, leading to impacts on human health and our environment."

Gerson: Obama's bitter endgame on Iran deal

Published Aug. 8 2015

WASHINGTON -- President Obama's closing argument in favor of the Iran nuclear deal has become so exaggerated, so bitter, so...

Hart: Left out to bag lion-killing dentist

Published Aug. 7 2015

Full disclosure: I don't hunt much. It's not my thing. But I have friends who hunt birds. I understand at...

Martin: When Joe Biden enters the race

Published Aug. 7 2015

It's starting to look like Uncle Joe might actually throw his hat in the 2016 ring.

Greeson: Can The Donald handle the moment in tonight's GOP debate?

Published Aug. 6 2015

There in the middle tonight, with the bad hair and the bulls-eye on his back, will be Donald Trump.

Kennedy: The many faces of Signal Mountain's Sophie Stark

Published Aug. 6 2015

Like some of the comic book characters who inspire her hobby, 17-year-old Sophie Stark has a bit of a split...