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Opinion - Columnists

Greeson: Beauty & The Beast delivers holiday dreams at Halloween

Published Oct. 31 2017

Happy Halloween everyone.

Smith: Passive patriotism

Published Oct. 30 2017

I heard the term "passive patriotism" used a few weeks ago while watching a news segment featuring guests featured in...

Gerber: Hamilton County school board should be transparent about multi-million dollar decisions

Published Oct. 29 2017

If you live in Hamilton County and you expect to have a say in how millions of dollars in taxpayer...


Mines: Our mother's daughters: Women and political leadership

Published Oct. 29 2017

Tennesseans love the story of Harry T. Burns and the famous line in his mother's telegram noting, "Dear Son, ...

Cook: City Hall silence and the ongoing sewer crisis

Published Oct. 29 2017

Since early August, the city of Chattanooga has disconnected water service to more than 400 of its citizens and commercial...

Kennedy: Fish tales from two generations

Published Oct. 29 2017

Circa 1967

Davis: Spooky revival at Sharp Mountain in 1873

Published Oct. 29 2017

Historian Bernice McCullar in her Atlanta Journal newspaper column "Georgia Notebook" of Nov. 28, 1966, told a tale that still...

Good Deed: Local nurse helps save man suffering from heart attack

Published Oct. 29 2017

While bicycling with his wife on a path near Fall Creek Falls, John Blount suffered a heart attack and fell...

Martin: The missing "why" in politics

Published Oct. 27 2017

"And by the way, he gave the 'I Have a Dream' speech, not the 'I Have a Plan' speech."

Hart: Dems playing Russian roulette with investigations

Published Oct. 27 2017

Members of the Obama administration may still have to testify after reports surfaced that senators told Obama of Russian meddling...

Smith: Defining the "right way"

Published Oct. 26 2017

Once again, our community is shaken by barbaric sexual acts of young men on a high school sports team.

Kennedy: How a 1957 VW beetle sparked a 60-year marriage

Published Oct. 26 2017

In the late 1950s, a young Long Island, N.Y., engineer named Luther Brown used his blue 1957 Volkswagen beetle as...


Greeson: Hey CNN (and others), shouldn't facts always be first?

Published Oct. 26 2017

CNN fired off a manifesto earlier this week.

Greeson: Which statues as a memory of racism are OK, again?

Published Oct. 24 2017

If we are condemning reminders of the worst social and racial times, why are we having conversations about raising monuments...

Smith: Tax cuts should reward those who pay taxes

Published Oct. 23 2017

Will the Republican Party be able to get its collective act together to pass tax reforms?

Cook: It's tough getting old: jelly doughnuts and herniated discs

Published Oct. 22 2017

Looking back, I should have seen it coming.

Butcher: A woman's place is in manufacturing

Published Oct. 22 2017

It's been more than 15 years since I was a second shift maintenance supervisor for General Motors; I can still...

Raney: Orgelsdorfer Eulenspiegel, the German prisoner-of-war camp newsletter

Published Oct. 22 2017

Shortly after the United States declared war in 1917, the Army constructed prison barracks at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., which ultimately...

College admission: Does race matter in who gets accepted?

Published Oct. 22 2017

On Aug. 4, The New York Times podcast The Daily had a question-and-answer conversation led by host Michael Barbaro about...

Good For You: Local school competes in National Beta Club Leadership Summit

Published Oct. 22 2017

Last month 10 fifth-grade students from Orchard Knob Elementary School,with the help of area churches such as Orchard Knob Baptist...

Hart: Trump might lead to 'cafeteria politics'

Published Oct. 20 2017

You'd think Trump would be happy when his presumably favorite team, the Syracuse Orangemen, beat #1 Clemson last week. Instead,...

Martin: What of Steve Bannon's revolt?

Published Oct. 20 2017

It's a "populist nationalist conservative revolt," from which "nobody can run and hide."

Kennedy: Photographer makes giving a snap

Published Oct. 19 2017

Michael Tomshack could be the poster person for "cheerful giving."