Food Supply Too Important to Leave to Agribusiness
Published 12/26/2013 at 10:00 a.m. 0 comments
Most of us take farming for granted and pretty much ignore it. That has left agricultural policy in the hands of big farm states, with senators and congressmen who are often wholly owned subsidiaries of ConAgra, Archer Daniels Midland, and ...
Retention Election: Given His Poll Numbers, and Invisible Opponent, is Alexander Running Against Himself?
Published 12/18/2013 at 10:46 a.m. 1 comment
Alexander’s actions of late seem, well, bizarre.
Undue Burden? Knoxville Attorney Argues That, in Picking Judges, the Governor is Stuffing the Ballot Box
Published 12/11/2013 at 11:09 a.m. 0 comments
Herb Moncier has his critics, but no one has ever said he isn’t creative.
Pass/Fail: Despite Concerns with Judge Amendment, Legal System Prefers it Over Electing Judges
Published 12/4/2013 at 10:54 a.m. 0 comments
In proposing the amendment, the Legislature is acknowledging that it believes the current system to be unconstitutional. What happens if the voters refuse to pass the amendment?
A Big Thank You
Published 11/27/2013 at 1:37 p.m. 0 comments
The medical community in Knoxville is a marvel, take it from one who knows. We have great doctors and the nurses and technicians are totally professional and caring. We are indeed lucky and we ought to stop now and then ...
Bold Moves: Knoxville's Mayor Hasn't Let Politics Make Her Afraid to Follow Her Beliefs
Published 11/20/2013 at 11:11 a.m. 0 comments
If you really want to rile up conservative Republicans mention same sex unions, climate change, or President Barack Obama. Or how about killing an interstate extension to protect the environment?
Matter of Respect: Is Knox County Teacher Angst a Local Matter, or Symptom of Wider Problem?
Published 11/13/2013 at 11:14 a.m. 0 comments
The question for Gov. Bill Haslam and his top-down reform allies is whether the Knox County situation is a local phenomenon or whether it is the forerunner of more widespread revolt around the state.
Who Knew? Millions Owed in Court Costs and Fines Needs Force of Law for Collection
Published 11/6/2013 at 10:49 a.m. 0 comments
I’m shocked to discover that there are millions of dollars in uncollected fines and court costs in Knox County. Well, not really. I wrote a column in April of 2011 about millions in uncollected fines and court costs, dating back ...
Secret Deals Challenged: If You Act as a Local Government, Spending Tax Money, Why Aren't You Subject to Open Records?
Published 10/30/2013 at 9:49 a.m. 0 comments
What constitutes a public body subject to the Sunshine law and subject to public records requests?
Diversity? Really? GOP Social Conservatives Aren't Making Case to Social Conservative Minorities
Published 10/23/2013 at 10:04 a.m. 0 comments
I have about come to the conclusion that the reason the Republican Party has trouble attracting the votes of blacks and Hispanics is because they don’t really want them.
Giving Up on Our Own? Higher-Ed Officials Shouldn't Promote Students With Visas Jumping the Line
Published 10/16/2013 at 10:37 a.m. 0 comments
Meanwhile, there is a concerted effort to bring foreigners in to do the high-tech jobs we were supposed to be developing.
Broken Speaker: What Happens When Special-Interest PACs Replace Legislative Leaders?
Published 10/9/2013 at 10:18 a.m. 0 comments
What happens when legislators are more afraid of special-interest PACs than their leaders?
Meaningless Elections: There are Things That Can Increase City Voter Turnout Without Moving the Election
Published 10/2/2013 at 11:53 a.m. 0 comments
Once again we had a city election and hardly anyone came.
Knowing How Also Important: Will Children Have Enough Access to Develop the Computer Expertise for Testing?
Published 9/25/2013 at 10:20 a.m. 0 comments
The arguments over the Common Core implementation in Tennessee will continue long past the two days of hearings last week by the Senate Education Committee, but I found one aspect of the questions and answers troubling.
Can I Get an Amen? We Will Have Controversy, But Let's Stop Now and Then to Celebrate Downtown
Published 9/18/2013 at 11:21 a.m. 0 comments
I got in my time machine the other night and went back to visit myself in 2001 when I was deputy to Mayor Victor Ashe and involved in the effort to revitalize downtown Knoxville.