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Opinion - Times Editorials

Sohn: Welfare drug testing and other myths

Published Feb. 12 2016

Tennessee made national news this week for its drug-testing program of welfare applicants.

Sohn: Don't be too quick to fail TNReady

Published Feb. 10 2016

It would be easy to give Tennessee an "F" for its work to move teachers and schools into the 21st...

Sohn: Affordable Care Act is still affordable

Published Feb. 9 2016

At the end of January, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee CEO J.D. Hickey told Chattanooga Rotarians that the state's biggest health...

Sohn: Fun in the GOP land of insults

Published Feb. 9 2016

Luckily for Tennessee GOP voters, the undecided Republicans here and in much of the country will have a couple more...

Sohn: Vote for Siedlecki, Haynes and Patterson in primaries

Published Feb. 7 2016

Certainly you've seen the local political campaign signs in Hamilton County.

Pam's Points: No buy-outs for flame-outs is a good policy

Published Feb. 7 2016

Most of East Tennessee has been relieved not to live in Cleveland for the last few years.

Sohn: Shootings hit nerve in Brainerd Road incident

Published Feb. 5 2016

Gang gunfire in Chattanooga is grabbing headlines again.

Sohn: What the Iowa Caucus shows us

Published Feb. 3 2016

On the morning after the Iowa Caucus the Democrats moved on to New Hampshire to continue waging a battle that's...

Pam's Points: Doesn't the city have anything better to do?

Published Feb. 2 2016

The city council wants to tell us how many dogs we may own. And it seems five may be the...

Sohn: Tick-tocking up to Iowa and the first primary

Published Feb. 1 2016

After weekend news reels of plays and replays from the final GOP debate our verdict is in.

Sohn: Change agent and schools savior wanted

Published Jan. 31 2016

Wanted: a change agent for all of Hamilton County's educational thinking.

Sohn: Veterans push back against political users

Published Jan. 29 2016

America's veterans deserve much better than being used for political football — or for financial profit.

Sohn: Planned Parenthood video fakers must face music

Published Jan. 27 2016

It is another vindication day for Planned Parenthood.

Sohn: End the sad-sack 'boys' club' of the General Assembly

Published Jan. 26 2016

One of our state lawmakers entertained us again this weekend with the shenanigans of an on-again, off-again, on-again announcement of...

Sohn: A moonshot cancer cure can be infectious

Published Jan. 24 2016

Everyone knows and loves someone who has been stricken with cancer. Many have lost someone to cancer.

Sohn: The silver lining in Ooltewah's school heartbreak

Published Jan. 23 2016

It's hard to know exactly what is more outrageous: That the coaches, the principal and perhaps even the Hamilton County...

Sohn: Flint lead poisoning is pound-foolish fiscal conservatism

Published Jan. 22 2016

Imagine your outrage if you suddenly learned the water coming through the taps of your home, schools, churches and local...

Sohn: Apparently MLK's dream is still a dream

Published Jan. 19 2016

Each time it begins to look as though Chattanooga has turned a corner on race and community relations we're reminded...

Sohn: Unraveling a chemical nightmare

Published Jan. 17 2016

For every action there is a reaction.

Sohn: Don't let GOP debates blunt your civic pride

Published Jan. 16 2016

Reality TV was alive and well Thursday night as Republican presidential candidates sliced at each other, puffed their chests, spun...

Sohn: Let Ooltewah's darkest day be new dawn for schools

Published Jan. 15 2016

Hamilton County Schools have never been in the news as much as they are right now in the aftermath of...

Sohn: Finally, school officials choose to lead

Published Jan. 12 2016

Board of Education Chairman Jonathan Welch made a tough but smart call Sunday when he released a statement apologizing for...

Sohn: Don't look for much from Tennessee lawmakers

Published Jan. 12 2016

It's a great question: What to do with an extra $600 million in state revenue?