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Last November, Chattanooga embraced fairness and equality by adding protections for sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression to the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance and offering domestic partnership benefits to city employees.

  • Aug. 3rd, 2014  |
  • By By Hedy Weinberg
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There is not much that has elicited such a divide and strong emotion for many residents of Chattanooga as the domestic partnership ordinance.

  • Aug. 3rd, 2014  |
  • By By Mark D. West
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Here's a lawyer joke you haven't heard.

“There’s no safer place in the world for a Jew than Israel,” a neighbor told my wife last week. At the time, they were standing in a bomb shelter outside of Tel Aviv after being alerted to rocket fire.

  • Aug. 3rd, 2014  |
  • By By Thomas P. Balázs
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If the Great Recession taught us anything, it was that decisions made around the country and around the world have very local impact. The lack of ability to understand that and mitigate risk brought the global economy to its knees.

  • Aug. 3rd, 2014  |
  • By By Michael Walton
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After serving as the lifeline of Union supplies to the besieged troops in Chattanooga in fall 1863, Walden’s Ridge saw its activity return to a calmer pace.

  • Aug. 3rd, 2014  |
  • By By Frank “Mickey” Robbins
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Two years ago this week, an 84-year-old nun, a carpenter and a Vietnam veteran committed an act of civil disobedience so jarring that history may one day judge it as the most compellingly influential since Rosa Parks.

The recent "botched" execution in Arizona sparked more debate about the death penalty.

  • Aug. 1st, 2014  |
  • By By Ron Hart
  • 6 comments  |

How fragile is the American middle class?

On Tuesday, we had the fastest Internet on the planet. We were Dale Jr. on fiber optics; everybody else, the Ingalls family.

Pardon me boys, is that a new Chattanooga Choo Choo?

How dangerous, really, are those rockets Hamas has been firing at Israel? Is the Israeli Defense Force like an armored soldier turning his weapons on a kid shooting spitballs?

  • July 29th, 2014  |
  • By Thomas P. Balázs
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A U.S. House and Senate known for gridlock may be on the verge of passing legislation that is not only bipartisan but has a positive benefit for citizens.

  • July 28th, 2014  |
  • By By Robin Smith
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Summer camp season is drawing to a close at the Kennedy house. It’s time to put away the duffle bags and the Deep Woods Off towelettes.

Marvin Gaye’s lyrics to an America twisting in turmoil over the war in Vietnam resonate not only with those who lived through the struggles decades ago, but also with those — like me — who fear our country has given up on civility and discourse today.

  • July 27th, 2014  |
  • By By Ed Gilmour
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Two mules at once! What a shot!

  • July 27th, 2014  |
  • By By Dr. Anthony Hodges
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