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Opinion - Columnists

Ignatius: A tricky two-step in the Middle East

Published Apr. 23 2015

WASHINGTON -- President Obama has been trying since his September 2013 address to the United Nations to convince Saudi Arabia...

Dear Abby: Live-in son, daughter-in-law don't show respect to mom who fears driving away son, grandson

Published Apr. 23 2015

DEAR ABBY: My son, "Rick," and daughter-in-law, "Amy," seem to really dislike me.

Parker: Mr. Hughes goes to Washington

Published Apr. 23 2015

WASHINGTON -- When postal worker Doug Hughes -- otherwise known as the gyrocopter dude -- landed his gizmo on the...

Cook: A river runs through him

Published Apr. 22 2015

Ben Friberg has become our area's most famous adventure-athlete. Last year, the stand-up paddle boarder set a world record by...

Dear Abby: I feel guilty about losing my virginity in the back set of a stranger's car? Am I overreacting?

Published Apr. 22 2015

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 17-year-old girl. Last weekend I lost my virginity in the back seat of a stranger's car....

Dear Abby: There are many reasons to hold your ground when sitting at end of pew

Published Apr. 21 2015

DEAR ABBY: May I comment on your response to "Got Here First in Pennsylvania" (Jan. 7), who asked whether someone...

Dionne: Can the GOP learn from California?

Published Apr. 21 2015

LOS ANGELES -- Jim Brulte, California's Republican chairman, has sobering but useful words for his party's leaders and 2016 candidates:...

Greeson: A final service to call all of us to service

Published Apr. 20 2015

What kind of servant are you?

Dear Abby: Friends, family tell woman to leave explosive boyfriend

Published Apr. 20 2015

DEAR ABBY: I have known "Dean" for 10 years. We have been living together for two.

Smith: Water, Water Everywhere

Published Apr. 20 2015

Twenty three of America's 50 states have a saltwater coastline, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. ...

Ignatius: The Middle East's sick state

Published Apr. 20 2015

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Will the Middle East be as unstable 10 years from now as it is today? I asked...

Bennett : National Parks: A Sense of Place

Published Apr. 19 2015

From Orchard Knob to Signal Point, from Chickamauga Battlefield to Lookout Mountain, from Missionary Ridge to Moccasin Bend, this national...

Kennedy: How do boys eat so much?

Published Apr. 19 2015

The wage-earner's lament "I've got mouths to feed" is a bit of a stretch in modern suburbia. Most middle-income folks...

Cook: Breakfast with Kissinger: a case study of Bob Corker

Published Apr. 19 2015

Let's talk about Bob Corker.

Elliott: Hamilton County's first casualty in the Great War

Published Apr. 19 2015

One hundred years ago, Europe was convulsed with the most violent and deadly war in history. America stayed out of...

Dear Abby: Woman regrets offer to let friend, who is getting a divorce, live with her

Published Apr. 19 2015

DEAR ABBY: My best friend is going through a divorce and has moved back in with her parents, who are...

Krauthammer: The queen travels by van

Published Apr. 19 2015

WASHINGTON -- See Hillary ride in a van! Watch her meet everyday Americans! Witness her ordering a burrito bowl at...

Hamilton: For Media, Traditional Values Still Matter

Published Apr. 19 2015

I have been involved in politics and policy-making for more than 50 years, and as you can imagine I hold...

Greeson: Running out of leadership ... and suffixes

Published Apr. 18 2015

We are short on a lot of things.

Gerson: Desperately seeking a legacy

Published Apr. 18 2015

WASHINGTON -- "I have never seen anything like it."

Dear Abby: Husband uses f-word nonstop, neighbors are complaining

Published Apr. 18 2015

DEAR ABBY: My husband curses nonstop. He wakes in the morning with an "f-ing this" or an "f-ing that." He...

Stulce: Reckless disregard: state government at work

Published Apr. 18 2015

I would recommend to all Tennesseans that they visit Legislative Plaza and witness firsthand the dysfunction of their state government....

Cook: Reconciling faith with gayness

Published Apr. 17 2015

On April 24, New Covenant Church is beginning a new ministry.