Free Press Editorials

No one ever said it would be easy. Or that life is fair.

A week ago Friday, an incident at Barger Academy of Fine Arts in Brainerd had the potential not only to cause extensive fire damage but also to scar a young student for life.

  • March 15th, 2014  |
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With the White House’s recent announcement that it is delaying the Obamacare employer health insurance mandate for yet another year, the current administration has once again demonstrated its intention to selectively decide which laws it wants to enforce and execute, and those it does not.

  • March 15th, 2014  |
  • By Grover G. Norquist and Patrick Gleason
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What's the worst thing that could happen if Hamilton County commissioners discuss new school projects outside the public view, as suggested in Wednesday's agenda session?

Young adults today don't remember that "Winston tastes good, like a cigarette should," or that "you've come a long way, baby," if you smoke Virginia Slims cigarettes, or that they should "come to where the flavor is," in Marlboro country.

A truly nutty bill is scheduled to be considered today in committees of the Tennessee General Assembly.

When Emma Goldman said "there is no hope that women, with [their] right to vote, will purify politics," she was not talking about 21st-century candidates, but there are some in 2014 who fit the bill:

  • March 10th, 2014  |
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More than 150 years after battles in and around Chattanooga, and four-to-six months since the sesquicentennial of those battles, the Civil War continues to make its mark on the consciousness of the Scenic City.

It's time for a bold move by Gov. Bill Haslam to put the health of Tennesseans ahead of politics.

Chalk one up for the senior ladies of East Lake.

  • March 7th, 2014  |
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Orson Welles, shilling on television for Paul Masson Mountain Winery in the 1970s, used to purr: "We will sell no wine before its time."

  • March 5th, 2014  |
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When Matthew McConaughey uttered the G-word as he accepted his Best Actor statuette at Sunday night’s 86th annual Academy Awards, several small gasps were overheard and then only an uncomfortable silence.

With the congressional midterm elections bearing down on the country in November, it's always interesting to see what's under the rocks along the campaign trail:

Once a day when President Barack Obama checks the in-box on his BlackBerry, there’s a devotional from Joshua DuBois.

President Obama missed a huge opportunity Thursday. In fact, he has missed a huge opportunity for five years.

  • March 1st, 2014  |
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