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“Freedom … is not an endlessly expanding list of rights — the ‘right’ to education, the ‘right’ to food and housing. That's not freedom, that's dependency. Those aren't rights, those … more
The 112th General Assembly opened the door for more transparent government this year with bills dealing with public meetings and public records, and ⏤ most important, the Tennessee Coalition for … more
I was “up North,” walking through the woods with an escort of dragonflies on either side, as if I were a visiting dignitary in need of protection.I love dragonflies. I love their variety and … more
Editor's note: This was emailed to columnist Ron Hart before its transition here.Dear Editor:Having just read another one of Ron Hart's child-like columns ("Dems' demagoguery," June 30), I just want … more
Independence Day is a good time to reflect on our most fundamental freedoms and an even better time to think about what would happen if those liberties were taken away.Sadly, the latter doesn’t … more
I met Elvis once, in an unlikely childhood encounter. And now in 2022, Elvis is back! Not that he has ever been totally absent, of course. But there is a new surge of Elvis attention, triggered by a … more
Every few years, I clean out my pockets, and share the notes I’ve made while watching a few hundred sporting events on TV. I listen carefully to the sportscasters, and most of them are from a … more
The Ducktown Basin used to be known as “Tennessee’s Badlands.” But unlike the Badlands of South Dakota, Tennessee’s version was manmade. After the Civil War, companies began mining copper … more
We all played pranks, but most of us grew out of it.I participated in a ding dong ditch mission or two back in my day. And I was an accessory once to calling the grocery store and asking if they had … more
Instead of trying to win over voters by putting forward the best thinking in the marketplace of ideas, Democrats use government to make people do what they want them to do. If the people do not, the … more
There’s an old saw among journalists: If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out. In other words, get another source. I’m as grizzled, jaded, skeptical and untrusting as a … more
Whenever the Supreme Court comes down with a particularly momentous decision, it’s customary to look at the majority opinion. After all, the majority makes the law. Sometimes, though, it’s the … more
I was packing for our recent trip to Mexico when I found the old tube of V05.“Do I still have this?” Apparently, I did.Even though my husband, Peter, and I had moved a year ago, a lot of … more
What a country, right? As we celebrate America’s 246th birthday on the Fourth of July, let’s pause and list a few reasons to love America.Thanks to cable TV and YouTube, we can still enjoy the … more
As the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U. S. Capitol heads into its final public hearings phase, early indications are that despite compelling testimony, the … more
Doctor patient confidentiality is a great thing. It’s necessary. That’s what keeps doctors from spilling the beans on their patients to just anyone.It protects people’s privacy. Think about … more
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