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I just deleted 259 words of the column I was writing for this week.I wanted to tell that story, but not enough to give satisfaction to the person who emailed me and said I bored him.In preparation … more
Alongside the deep scars COVID-19 has left among Cleveland and Bradley County families, it has also robbed multiple nonprofit organizations the chance to move forward — not just in people impact … more
Tuesday night’s voting session of the Bradley County Commission finalized the budget process for the 2021-22 Fiscal Year.  The commission voted to approve the final budget proposal with minor … more
To The Editor:   We write today with hope for the future and gratitude for the resilience of our provider team at Tennova Healthcare.   The pandemic has demonstrated how … more
      In a time long ago and a state just a border away, I routinely spent a slice of my Fourth of July at the Denson reunion — my mother’s side of the family … more
For those who regard politics as America's most entertaining spectator sport, the current United States Senate is superbly set up for constant drama. Fifty Republicans and 50 Democrats make the … more
In today’s America — a nation divided along what some believe to be every line imaginable — is it OK to agree we still share a common bond? Politically, we’re about as close as the sun … more
You can become an American citizen by being born in the USA or you can become one by getting “naturalized.”Becoming naturalized is a heck of a lot harder.It not only means having to meet all the … more
As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, there’s a sense of relief and optimism that things will return to normal.  Long-awaited family gatherings, birthday parties and graduation … more
Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life” was released in 1976. That would’ve made me around 12. It was a double album that won three Grammys, including Album of the Year and Best Male … more
Cleveland City Manager Joe Fivas couldn’t have said a bigger mouth full about the traffic chaos troubling 25th Street even if he’d been enjoying a comforting breakfast biscuit, hamburger or … more
I know that summer, baseball and apple pie seem to go together. But, I would like to add two items into the mix — a football field and a pot of boiling water. This is an attempt to use both the … more
The old wooden folding table belonged to my grandma. I don’t remember her ever using it.After she moved out of her house and into a retirement home, my sister inherited the table, but she didn’t … more
  After 44 years of marriage, you’d think I knew everything there was to know about Love Muffin.   I was wrong.   Not long ago, I learned of her unknown — … more
To The Editor:   While searching for a parking space in a crowded lot, the first eight cars I passed had northern tags and several had Biden\Harris bumper stickers. I thought what a … more
To The Editor:   For nearly 30 years I enjoyed the interactions with, and assistance from, a group of dedicated public servants known as school-board members. While that partnership was … more
Of all the issues — manmade or otherwise — that breed personal confrontation, pickleball should not be one.Failure by a motorist to abide by accepted driving standards like speed, not using turn … more
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