Times Opinion and Editorials

Ardena Garth has built a legacy of good work from the Hamilton County Public Defenders Office that she built in 1989 from the ground up, and the office continues to be an example across the country.

  • July 26th, 2014  |
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Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge Christie Mahn Sell has been busy since she became the first female General Sessions judge elected to an eight-year term here in 2006.

Mayor Jim Coppinger is the best Aug. 7 choice in his re-election bid against independent candidate Richard Ford of Birchwood.

It's time to return Democrat John Allen Brooks to the Hamilton County Commission District 6 seat.

  • July 23rd, 2014  |
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By the normal rules of a county general election, Randy Fairbanks — the Republican primary nomination winner with no Democratic opposition — should be waltzing to a victory in the Aug. 7 Hamilton County general election.

Early voting began Friday, and in Tennessee much is at stake.

In District 8, a former principal who is the incumbent school board member is challenged by a former teacher who also is a former teacher's union president.

  • July 19th, 2014  |
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In this two-man race, long-time science educator Jim Watson is challenging incumbent Greg Martin, a cemetery operator who was appointed to the board in March 2012 for his business expertise after Everett Fairchild stepped down.

If Chattanooga and Hamilton County Schools officials actually follow through this time with a tentative agreement for the city to pay delinquent liquor taxes, and if the school system actually forks over delinquent city sewer stormwater fees, then perhaps our children will benefit more than the lawyers.

  • July 16th, 2014  |
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What a relief to finally get to write that the new Volkswagen SUV will, in fact, be built in Chattanooga.

President Barack Obama last week urged Congress to quickly provide almost $4 billion to confront “an urgent humanitarian situation” — a surge of young migrants from Central America crossing the border into Texas.

There is no excuse for Tennessee to have such a fouled-up TennCare application process.

In the Tennessee hills, and apparently in the offices of the United Auto Workers and Volkswagen, there's still more than one way to skin a cat.

  • July 11th, 2014  |

Finally — something we’re not dead last in (but wish we were): Chattanooga ranks 12th in the nation for economic inequality out of the top 100 markets for the ratio of lower ­income households to high-­income households.

Cecil Harris, of Palmer, Tenn., in Grundy County, died too young and too far from home.

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