Why It Matters: Some Off-Year Elections Have Implications For Us All
Published 8/1/2012 at 10:06 a.m. 0 comments
There isn’t a lot of drama or interest in today’s election in Knox County, but this off-year contest has major implications for all of us. Here are some highlights to watch for if you are a political junkie and can ...
Ten Years After State Income-Tax Rejection, What Happened to Armageddon?
Published 7/25/2012 at 12:28 p.m. 1 comment
Since it’s the 10th anniversary, someone ought to mark the occasion when almost the entire state political establishment, academia, and virtually all editorial writers were impatiently explaining to us Neanderthals that unless we passed a state income tax, the state ...
Where Do Candidates Stand on Microwaved Biscuits and Other Important Issues?
Published 7/18/2012 at 12:10 p.m. 0 comments
I think there are a lot of important issues out there without a special-interest group to lobby for them. I’m sure you can think of a few.
Well Water Doesn't Help if You Can't Get it Out of the Ground
Published 7/11/2012 at 11:05 a.m. 0 comments
They had the good grace not to say I told you so, so I’ll say it for them. They told me so.
A Creation Syllabus for Biology Class
Published 7/3/2012 at 5:00 p.m. 3 comments
Good morning students, welcome to your biology class for this year. Thanks to the efforts of the Tennessee Legislature, we will be expanding our lessons this year, no longer bogged down in years of formal scientific study, but now being ...
Natural Gas Hurts Coal Industry, Asks Why Go Nuclear?
Published 6/27/2012 at 11:39 a.m. 0 comments
Things are tough in coal country. Even utilities in Kentucky are switching to cheaper, cleaner burning natural gas. Kentucky politicians are blaming Obama administration clean-air regulations, but the era of cheap coal is also past and the price is not ...
Conservative Legislators Being Vilified for Not Passing the Full Agenda
Published 6/20/2012 at 5:53 p.m. 0 comments
What do you do when you win? Have a party and go home? Not when you have an infrastructure in place with members, contributors, and jobs on the line. And a radio show that depends on outrage to keep listeners.
A Family Farm: A Full Nest Beats an Empty One
Published 6/13/2012 at 11:54 a.m. 0 comments
At this stage of my life I never dreamed I’d be living on a commune. Well, not really a commune, more of a family compound—like the Kennedys in Hyannis Port, but without the money.
Food Shopping: Economics Favor Soda Over Milk
Published 6/6/2012 at 11:09 a.m. 2 comments
If you go to grocery stores you see the mothers with little children in tow with a cart full of soda. It’s easy to jump on the idea of irresponsible parenting. But let’s look at some arithmetic. You have to ...
Using Hotel/Motel Tax Numbers for Compensation Doesn't Add Up
Published 5/30/2012 at 4:10 p.m. 0 comments
Knox County’s hotel/motel taxes and its uses have been in the news, lately, so what conclusions can we draw from examining the numbers?
Pro Forma Protest
Published 5/23/2012 at 3:14 p.m. 1 comment
Unions often complain about American companies outsourcing jobs to cut labor costs. A union hiring day laborers to protest at construction sites instead of using union labor is just one of the ironies stacked on top of each other at ...
Published 5/16/2012 at 12:33 p.m. 0 comments
We often hear calls for term limits for congressmen—incumbency and safe districts have polarized Washington with each party playing to a safe base, making bipartisanship impossible. But do we really have that problem in Tennessee?
The Elements Are In Place to Save the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame
Published 5/9/2012 at 12:45 p.m. 1 comment
Before Knox County does something rash with the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, let’s get over the anger at departing Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corp. honcho Gloria Ray and have some quick, but quiet, reflection.
It’s Refreshing When Legislators Refuse to Kiss a Lobbyist’s, Er, Feet
Published 5/2/2012 at 4:09 p.m. 1 comment
Where do you find a used crucifix these days?
Banning Baggy Pants
Published 4/25/2012 at 11:43 a.m. 2 comments
I’ll be the first to admit that some legislators in Nashville and in state capitols across the country have been proposing controversial bills to provide solutions for problems that don’t exist. But I would point out that it is possible ...