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Opinion - Columnists

Greeson: Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger gets tax touchdown passed

Published Sep. 7 2017

It will officially be Res. No. 917-12.

Bigham: Focus on students when crafting DACA solution

Published Sep. 7 2017

President Trump made his choice about DACA and put the ball in Congress's court, and there's no changing that. So...

Leonhardt: When the rich said no to getting richer

Published Sep. 6 2017

A half-century ago, a top automobile executive named George Romney — yes, Mitt's father — turned down several big annual...

Smith: Human chains offer links to life, love

Published Sep. 4 2017

We've witnessed individuals smartly assembling themselves into a human chain a couple of times over recent weeks.

Butcher: Regret - the fair but tough teacher

Published Sep. 3 2017

Some call it a midlife crisis; instead, I call it a midlife reflection.

Hatcher: Little fictions and simple facts

Published Sep. 3 2017

It is called the Big Lie: A falsehood, a half-truth, or most dangerous, a simplification, repeated so often that it...

Kennedy: The case for naming your car

Published Sep. 3 2017

Does your car need a name? The short answer is "yes."

Cook: Gen. Stewart and the Good Man argument

Published Sep. 3 2017

The 98-year-old statue of Confederate Gen. Alexander P. Stewart should come down.

Robbins: The Story of the Lyndhurst Mansion

Published Sep. 3 2017

First in a series on historic homes in Chattanooga.

Mahaffey: Opioid Addiction: Understanding the True Enemy

Published Sep. 2 2017

It saddens me that opioid addiction has culminated into a national emergency, but hopefully this will encourage a societal change...

Hart: Saving Robert Lee

Published Sep. 1 2017

ESPN, long the MSNBC of sports, made a bizarre executive decision to remove Asian-American football announcer Robert Lee from the...

Martin: It's a tax increase.

Published Sep. 1 2017

Is it a tax increase?

Blow: Trump raises an army

Published Sep. 1 2017

I know that Harvey is heavy on America's heart. I wish that I could take a reprieve from politics and...

Kennedy: Don't Twitter-fight POTUS

Published Aug. 31 2017

Mayweather vs. McGregor it wasn't.

Greeson: Fred Fletcher expects great things from next police chief

Published Aug. 31 2017

David Roddy will be sworn in today as the next chief of the Chattanooga Police Department.

Bruni: The waters swell. So does Trump's ego.

Published Aug. 31 2017

I would like to believe that what fascinated Donald Trump about the floodwaters of Texas and pulled him to the...

Greeson: UTC athlete braces for news from Houston

Published Aug. 29 2017

Last weekend was supposed to be a family reunion of sorts for Lauren Greenspoon.

Smith: Will rewriting history or preserving it have the greater impact on the next generation?

Published Aug. 28 2017

There's been ample analysis of Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's move, working with City Attorney Wade Hinton, to distance the city...

Kennedy: Leftover lessons from the Great Eclipse

Published Aug. 27 2017

Today, a few final thoughts on the Great American Eclipse.

Carroll: Treat your online presence as carefully as your resume

Published Aug. 27 2017

Unlike thousands of Twitter feeds and other social media platforms, Nicole Brown's Facebook page is an uplifting online destination.

Baumgardner: Celebrating the empty nest

Published Aug. 27 2017

The house is SO quiet, and your heart feels a bit heavy.


Cook: The underlying peace of the heart

Published Aug. 27 2017

Some years ago Dr. Herb Barks, the longtime Baylor School headmaster, had just been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Chattanooga History Column: Chattanooga artist and wife lost on the Lusitania

Published Aug. 27 2017

On May 7, 1915, the Cunard ocean liner Lusitania was torpedoed by a German submarine U-20.