Congressional and other Republicans have done everything they could to undermine the President of the United States. Now, we are all suffering the consequences of an American President that the terrorists perceive to be weak -- because the Reeps like Mitch McConnell did everything they could do to make it happen. The current crop of Republicans has been a decidedly disloyal opposition, encouraging the terrorists with their constant harping against the US President.
The "charm" of living dangerously?! That is one of the stupidest things I've ever read. Tennessee's charm has nothing to do with being dangerous. Encouraging young people to think danger is cool will only result in more needless deaths from reckless and/or drunk driving (cars, trucks, ATVs) to strutting around with firearms and showing off a staggering amount of ignorance. Sheesh. No wonder people avoid coming to Tennessee for a vacation.
Minimum wage jobs are not just for teenagers entering the workplace, as some like to think. I know of several parents and heads of household who barely make above $7.25 an hour. They have dignity and grit, working long hours and erratic shifts to support a family. That means they have less time with their kids, and are exhausted when they finally do get home. It's not unreasonable to mandate a higher wage, especially when corporations are pulling in record profits and paying million$ a year to executives. Unhinged capitalism is unhealthy for any society. If we left all market decisions to the capitalists, heroin would be sold in grocery stores and young children would be slaving at drudge jobs instead of going to school.
Ms. Bradford, that's hilarious. Of course, many people "challenge" your God every time they think for themselves rather than blindly "believe" the dictates of ancient folklore and myth. Most of us would like to have a serious discussion with your God (assuming he exists outside of fantasy), and have a long list of topics this "God" needs to answer for.
A column full of useless old data that wasn't adjusted for inflation.
Did you notice that, currently, the annual cost of essential phone and internet services runs about double the amount a family made in 1904?
I'll be grateful when corporations are held accountable and hard-working people reap more of the profits generated by their labor.
Thomas Rogers, I agree with you. As someone in a heterosexual marriage, I find nothing threatening about gay relationships. I don't see how those relationships would threaten me even if I weren't happily married. And, what does "freedom" mean if people are not allowed to be with whomever they love?
Peggy Cleveland, thank you for an intelligent and informative overview of other verses in the Bible. Why is it that so many self-proclaimed, but severely ill-informed, "Christians" make a laughing-stock of themselves and their religion? It's hard not to laugh at the mean-spirited haters who so clearly fail to understand the main tenets of the book they profess to live by.
A thoughtful column. I believe we are wise to look at what our own attitudes are doing to us, and ask which are really constructive in the long run.
Yes, Jimmy Hyma: "[T]he Bible and its teachings never change," even though human knowledge and society have advanced quite a lot over the last two millennia. Biblical folktales have not assimilated the rise of freedom and human rights, nor even the end of slavery. It can't teach what it doesn't know, which is quite a lot. Those who use it are often amiss in their interpretations, hypocritical while "instructing" others, and highly selective about which verses they choose to enforce.
William Godsey, it seems you think knowledge of science is a "radical agenda." Those who care about this planet and the creatures who live here (including humans) have become familiar with the facts over a period of years. We have also seen that the forecasts of climate change are materializing. Put your head in the sand if you want, but efforts to solve a global problem are far from being a "radical agenda."