To Submit a Rant

• Keep them topical and short (25 words or less).

• Please include your name.

• Send to: Rant, P.O. Box 1447, Chattanooga, TN 37401; fax: 423-668-5058; or e-mail:

To Submit a Letters to the Editor

• Keep them topical, short (200 words or less), legible and not more often than one every 30 days. Letters may be edited for clarity and length

• Must be signed with name, address and telephone number.

• Send to: Editorial page editor (either Times or Free Press), P.O. Box 1447, Chattanooga, TN 37401; fax: 423-757-6383; or e-mail:

Opinion - Columnists

A strategy forms to combat the Islamic State

Published Aug. 6 2015

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. and its allies, after several years of missteps, finally seem to be framing a strategy for...

A great deal -- for Iran

Published Aug. 5 2015

WASHINGTON -- The realist's argument for the Iran nuclear agreement is that it is the least bad deal that a...

Ely: State economy depends on roads investment

Published Aug. 3 2015

When it comes to roads, Tennesseans have had a fortunate run. Our governors, past and present, Republican and Democrat, have...

Smith: Abortion masqueraded as 'health care' choice

Published Aug. 3 2015

Let's set the record straight right out of the gate: The decision to have an abortion is not easily made...

Ali: Mentally disturbed, Muslim criminal

Published Aug. 2 2015

Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez was a 24-year-old man, born in Kuwait, raised a Muslim in Chattanooga, naturalized as a U.S. citizen.

Krauthammer: Among the ruins, a case of righteousness

Published Aug. 2 2015

WASHINGTON -- Christianity, whose presence in the Middle East predates Islam's by 600 years, is about to be cleansed from...

Winer: Realizing the American Dream in Chattanooga

Published Aug. 2 2015

Between 1880 and 1920 two million Jews emigrated from Eastern Europe to the United States to escape anti-Semitism and create...

Kennedy: The slippery slope that leads to old-man crabbiness

Published Aug. 2 2015

At 57, I'm battling early-onset crabbiness. One of the warning signs is the impulse to become a language cop.

Greeson: Cecil the Lion and misplaced social outrage

Published Aug. 1 2015

Dr. Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who killed African tourist attraction Cecil the lion and sparked an international controversy, has...

Price: Don't be fooled by climate change alarmists

Published Aug. 1 2015

Man-made climate change is not supported by scientific evidence. There I said it. I am now an environmental heretic. The...

Martin: Good luck, David Cook

Published Jul. 31 2015

The best part about having a Friday column is that I get to watch news unfold throughout the week and...

Hart: Why de Blasio tries to run Uber off the road

Published Jul. 31 2015

The story of Uber in New York City unmasks the reality of the Democrats: politicians beholden not to the citizens'...

Dionne: GOP one heck of a dysfunctional family

Published Jul. 31 2015

WASHINGTON -- If you wonder why Congress is so feeble these days that it can't even find a simple way...

Greeson: Jack Daniel's and Tennessee football, a season for the drink

Published Jul. 30 2015

I am a fan of Jack Daniel's work, especially when he acts like a Gentleman.

Kennedy: Camp Raccoonooga's young delegates practice flip-flop diplomacy

Published Jul. 30 2015

The delegates call it Camp Raccoonooga.

America is polarized but ambivalent

Published Jul. 29 2015

WASHINGTON -- So accustomed are we to highlighting the polarized nature of our politics that we often forget how many...

Gerson: Coronating a wounded queen?

Published Jul. 29 2015

WASHINGTON -- The most surprising revelation in recent presidential polling is not that Donald Trump has low favorability in key...

Pace: Why a mom joined a D.C. climate protest

Published Jul. 28 2015

Every day of a mother's life revolves around her children. Most days are very much like others, filled with getting...

Smith: Beauty through Brokenness, Chattanooga's Choice

Published Jul. 27 2015

On July 16, our great community was viciously attacked in a targeted act of terrorism.

Gerber: A national tragedy in our backyard

Published Jul. 26 2015

Typically in this column I pull back the curtain on the front page and talk about the reasoning behind our...

Kennedy: Parenting in a time of terror

Published Jul. 26 2015

It's been 10 days now since the shootings that wounded our city, and it feels like it's time to move...

Krauthammer: The price of fetal parts

Published Jul. 26 2015

WASHINGTON — Planned Parenthood's reaction to the release of a clandestinely recorded conversation about the sale of fetal body parts...

Cook: A columnist looks at 42

Published Jul. 26 2015

Not long ago, my wife told me about something called the "Six Word Memoir." Created by Smith magazine, the idea...