Electing Judges in Partisan Elections Is a Bad Idea
Published 1/2/2014 at 11:08 a.m. 1 comment
Judges are supposed to be fair, but partisan elections guarantee they will be vulnerable to influence and corruption. Simply requiring judges to align with a political party undermines their integrity.
Sun Burned: TVA and State Legislators Combine to Handicap Solar Power Producers
Published 12/11/2013 at 11:17 a.m. 2 comments
As December arrived, TVA announced it would reduce the price it pays Green Power Partners from 19 cents per kWh to 14 cents. Burchett immediately canceled the solar plans, claiming the finances no longer work.
Grifters on Parade: Gov. Haslam's Business Prowess Isn't Exactly Creating Better Government
Published 11/6/2013 at 11:31 a.m. 0 comments
With Bill Haslam in the governor’s mansion, the same ethos that guided Pilot Oil to prominence and then penitence is now in effect in Nashville. Several state departments are under investigation for dubious contract agreements.
Partly Sunny: Audit Committee Adheres to the Letter, But Not the Spirit, of the State Sunshine Law
Published 9/11/2013 at 10:55 a.m. 0 comments
It offers general guidelines against conducting public business in private, but it does not draw bright lines.
Gone With the Hemlocks: A Common Appalachian Bird is Becoming Rare
Published 8/14/2013 at 10:50 a.m. 1 comment
Both tree and bird are vulnerable, part of weakening ecosystems.
GOP's Propaganda Bubble: Can Republicans Disagree Among Themselves Enough to Save Their Party?
Published 6/26/2013 at 11:17 a.m. 0 comments
Frank Niceley, the state senator from Strawberry Plains is a rare breed among Republicans. He thinks for himself.
Board Room Politics: Tennessee's Senators Fail to Explain Beef with TVA'S Marilyn Brown
Published 3/27/2013 at 10:53 a.m. 0 comments
In a healthy democracy, U.S. senators should be held in esteem. Their six-year terms insulate them from the cruder aspects of politics, allowing time for reflection and thought. Unfortunately, neither Tennessee senator has any interest in being thoughtful.
The City’s “Urban Food Corridor” Plan Is Just What We Need to Grow Independence
Published 2/27/2013 at 2:50 p.m. 0 comments
We need to build local economies and wean ourselves from the globalists. It will take self-reliance and a new emphasis on democracy to slough off the wealthy parasites. Happily, we have an example of just such an effort right here ...
Fall Guy: The County Loses an Effective Public Servant
Published 1/30/2013 at 10:17 a.m. 2 comments
When John Duncan III took office as Knox County trustee in 2010, he made a very good decision. He ceased contracting delinquent tax collections to a private attorney and instead hired a staff attorney.
Argumentative Behavior: Don't Let Bad Guys Control Conversation on Guns
Published 1/2/2013 at 11:53 a.m. 4 comments
The elementary-school massacre in Connecticut set off renewed conversations about how to avoid such violence, but as usual gun-rights advocates have no interest in discussing what “well regulated” in the Second Amendment truly means.
Seymour Alternatives: Look Beyond the Outdated Parkway Extension for Better Solutions
Published 12/5/2012 at 10:09 a.m. 1 comment
Assume the governor (and his minions) listens to the people regarding James White Parkway and chooses the No Build alternative. What then?
Back to the Future: Sustainability is a South Knoxville Tradition
Published 11/14/2012 at 9:12 a.m. 0 comments
Close your eyes and imagine that you live in a sustainable community. What is your morning routine? What’s in your kitchen? How do you get around? What makes people upset? What entertains them?
Grab a Ballot or Grab a Shovel: An Open Letter to the Young and Young at Heart
Published 10/10/2012 at 11:55 a.m. 0 comments
I used to think of the future as mine, but having lived through a big chunk of it, I think of it as someone else’s problem. I am a minority stakeholder in the century yet to come. I ought to ...
Backcountry Tax: Charging Backpackers to Camp is Against the Spirit of the Smokies
Updated 9/13/2012 at 12:11 p.m. 10 comments
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park plans to charge backpackers $4 per person per night to camp in the backcountry, starting next year. Local hikers have fought this idea since it was first suggested, and this month they sent a ...
Democrats Unchained: Perhaps It's Time for Tennessee's Left to Find a New Political Identity
Published 8/15/2012 at 10:57 a.m. 0 comments
The State of Tennessee has a golden opportunity to reduce spending in future elections: Stop funding Democratic primaries.
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