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Opinion - Columnists

Greeson: When it comes to chess, age is just a number

Published Jan. 17 2017

I sat at table No. 4, waiting for my beating.

Smith: Honor King's respect and love

Published Jan. 16 2017

I was 4 years old when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the American icon, was assassinated by an escaped prisoner...

Cook: From the coal mine to the ghetto

Published Jan. 15 2017

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was once again arrested in Alabama, and sentenced to four days in the...

Kennedy's Family Life: Rockettes, trucks and a drone in my wife's hair

Published Jan. 15 2017

I had never experienced a 'surreal' day until one recent Saturday, when a cloud of weirdness wrapped around me like...

Chattanooga History Column: Temperance movement included Harriman university

Published Jan. 15 2017

Eighty miles northeast of Chattanooga in Roane County lies Harriman, born out of the temperance movement and subsequently known as...

Greeson: Kudos to local leaders in fight against gun violence vs. kids

Published Jan. 14 2017

With that caveat, let's celebrate the meeting of the minds and powers that be who convened at Erlanger hospital on...

Lester: The downfalls if Trump cancels Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals plan

Published Jan. 14 2017

Imagine the images of 10,000 young people being deported every week. If President-elect Trump cancels the Deferred Action for Childhood...

Martin: Chattanooga City Hall's election year Oprah impression

Published Jan. 13 2017

Talk about opportunistic. Chattanooga City Hall is churning out goodwill in the form of taxpayer funded financial commitments at a...

Hart: Our spying-industrial complex needs to be reviewed

Published Jan. 13 2017

Here is what we learned about this administration in the wake of purported Russian 'phishing' of Clinton campaign manager John...

Greeson: Uh, California, try worrying about your issues first, deal?

Published Jan. 12 2017

So, news reported by this paper's Tennessee government reporter, Andy Sher, that a certain Left Coast state is boycotting state-funded...

Kennedy: Local family looks for help after roof falls in

Published Jan. 12 2017

Some needs are basic and as old as mankind: Food, clothes, shelter.

Greeson: Tragic school bus crash a symptom of larger problem

Published Jan. 10 2017

The Hamilton County Board of Education will, by all accounts, consider examining better options for bus transportation for its students.


Smith: Time for GOP to govern with results

Published Jan. 9 2017

The election cycles of 2006 and 2008 saw the rise of candidates for both chambers of the U.S. Congress, incumbents...

Cook: What do we owe Keoshia Ford?

Published Jan. 8 2017

There have been too many funerals like this in our city. Mostly black folks in the pews. The body in...

Family Life: Lost wallet, cracked iPad, broken heart

Published Jan. 8 2017

Among our jobs as parents is to teach our kids how to manage disappointment. Or, as the 'serenity prayer' says:...

Local History Column: William Posey Silva, noted Chattanooga artist

Published Jan. 8 2017

William Silva, popularly known as Billy, was born in Savannah, Ga., on Oct. 23, 1859. The grandson of a Portuguese...

Greeson: Lawsuits, snow days and advance studies of emojis

Published Jan. 7 2017

Around these parts we have survived a lot.

Lundy: Tone Deaf

Published Jan. 7 2017

To all liberals — especially those in Hollyweed — whose heads are still exploding over the election of Donald Trump,...

Martin: A Lesson from the 'It' city to Gig City

Published Jan. 6 2017

Last week I clicked on a [Nashville] Tennessean opinion piece that kept popping up in my Facebook feed. It was...

Greeson: UT band petition latest silly form of slacktivism

Published Jan. 5 2017

So we have come to this.

Kennedy: Random acts of theft and kindness

Published Jan. 5 2017

Tommy and Nora Cook, who are both in their 60s, scrape by on about $1,200 a month in government ...

Smith: Here's an idea for the new year: Let's try parenting

Published Jan. 2 2017

The afternoon following Christmas, I first read the local story of Hamilton Place mall's encounter with fireworks mistaken for gunfire....

Cook: Is universal, 24/7 internet access ruining our peace of mind?

Published Jan. 1 2017

Want a more peaceful year? More calm and less chaos in 2017 than 2016?