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Chattanooga’s new police chief, Fred Fletcher, acted very professionally and very wisely in asking Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston to seek a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe into allegations that a major crimes detective sexually harassed a woman whose reported rape he was assigned to investigate.

Getting ready for work Thursday and driving into the city, I listened as television and radio stations replayed the news — verbatim — of Sept. 11, 2001.

There's much gnashing of teeth today about NFL player Ray Rice finally getting knocked out -- pun intended -- of his job because he got caught on video slugging his fiancee, now his wife.

  • Sept. 10th, 2014  |
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Perhaps I'm missing something, but I don't quite understand what "presence" the Chattanooga Public Library needs "worldwide."

The dust is finally settling from the 76th Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration and what may have been the worst attended in recent decades of the 11-day iconic Shelbyville event.

Remember the transformation the new state-of-the-art LED lights made in Coolidge Park in 2011 shortly after a flash mob shooting shocked the city and residents here?

Hey, when was the last time you were told that your consumption of anything was good for the planet?

What is it about Tennessee officials and lawmakers that makes this state so dedicated to saying no to smart policy and yes to spending our dollars stupidly?

This Labor Day offers us a view of disparity. But also hope.

Ready the drums and let loose the war cries.

  • Aug. 31st, 2014  |
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Who thinks it is wise to give your 9-year-old Uzi-shooting lessons? Even just a one-day vacation lark?

The Chattanooga Stormwater Regulations Board that voted 5-3 Wednesday to flush away two years' work and Chattanooga's future proactive plan to keep our streets and drinking water clean after storms needs to look again at what they and we will lose if the city adopts a permit plan that only uses state minimum requirements.

A committee's work to study police promotion methods has turned up an interesting and continuing need, especially in light of racial strains illuminated recently in Ferguson, Mo., where only about 6 percent of the 50-member police force is minority in a town that is almost 70 percent black.

When the haters can't find enough fault with the Affordable Care Act (that more and more users are finding to be both affordable and useful) or can't find enough differences in what the GOP vs. what President Barack Obama is already doing in Syria, Iraq or the Ukraine to keep the nation out of war, then they start harping about presidential vacations.

Certainly at this year’s 76th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration special honor should be accorded to Tennessee’s congressional delegation — especially Sen. Lamar Alexander and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and Rep. Scott DesJarlais.

  • Aug. 24th, 2014  |
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