Time for Hillside Compromise
Published 3/2/2011 at 12:01 p.m. 1 comment
Monday came in like a lion, a powerful storm with flooding as bad as we’ve seen in a decade. It went out like a lamb, County Commission deferring action on the Hillside and Ridgetop Protection Plan for 60 days. It ...
Pale Shadow of a City Council
Published 1/26/2011 at 12:38 p.m. 0 comments
Groundhog Day came early this year, at least the Bill Murray version. City Council treated Knoxvillians to repetitive absurdity when they replaced the mayor and 5th District city councilman. It took 16 rounds of voting to put Charlie Thomas on ...
Published 1/5/2011 at 11:45 a.m. 0 comments
Treating what is left of county farmland as nothing more than bait with which to lure jobs will result in a county without character. As experience proves, businesses attracted by the infrastructure and incentives that local governments like to dangle ...
Let's Consider Our Options to Fix Alcoa Highway
Published 12/8/2010 at 3:15 p.m. 0 comments
Whether ghosts are real is not as important as whether the living consent to be haunted. A road upgrade in the works since 1989 without fruition is haunted by the political heft of car dealerships no longer with us and ...
Ridgetop Protection Plan Faces Sloppy Opposition
Published 11/17/2010 at 11:51 a.m. 5 comments
Battle lines were drawn at last week’s Metropolitan Planning Commission meeting over the Hillside and Ridgetop Protection Plan. It will be a measure of the health of our local democracy whether this contest is decided by whose argument is more ...
Why Republicans Are Bad for Our Environmental Health
Published 10/13/2010 at 11:12 a.m. 0 comments
When County Commission briefly deliberated on the East Sector Plan and Midway business park at its last meeting, Commissioner Brad Anders said “we can’t keep saying no to business if we want jobs in Knox County.” On the campaign trail, ...
Counting Votes in Shelby County
Published 9/15/2010 at 9:49 a.m. 0 comments
Most Tennessee counties have new election administrators, Republicans installed to replace Democrats after the GOP gained a majority in the General Assembly. There have been rookie foul-ups in several counties, most minor and forgivable, but what happened in Shelby County ...
The Unbearable Light-ness of Voting
Published 8/18/2010 at 10:31 a.m. 0 comments
A walk down the beer aisle at a supermarket gives testimony to the power of a free market. Whether your priority is quality, price, brand, or style, there is a product to meet your desires. A walk to your polling ...
Slim Pickings in This Year's Political Races
Published 7/21/2010 at 9:19 a.m. 1 comment
We have been sending politicians to Nashville and to D.C. to cut taxes and cut spending for decades, but those easy political slogans are not appropriate for these desperate times. We need leaders with the courage to raise taxes and ...
A Tale of Two Calamities
Published 6/23/2010 at 9:55 a.m. 0 comments
Last week, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation issued its largest civil penalty ever—$11.5 million against TVA for the December 2008 ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant. TVA is already spending two orders of magnitude more money cleaning ...
Published 6/11/2010 at 12:14 p.m. 21 comments
The last time I saw Henry Granju he was mocking me for being so mainstream as to support a major-party Presidential candidate. His mother had invited friends over to watch Barack Obama give his acceptance speech at the 2008 Democratic ...
Take Back Our Government
Published 5/26/2010 at 9:17 a.m. 0 comments
The Hutchison spell is at last broken. The people of Knox County have taken back their government. All it took was adopting a charter, winning a term-limits referendum, and overcoming more than a decade of legal wriggling by incumbents unwilling ...
Resolve Science Vs. Religion Dispute Quickly
Published 4/28/2010 at 10:39 a.m. 11 comments
Evolution is just a theory. This is true, except there is no “just” in “just a theory” when it comes to evolution or any scientific theory. There are only a few theories: evolution, gravity, atomic structure, electricity and magnetism, the ...
Hutchison Well-Suited to Continue Ragsdale’s Embarrassing Legacy
Published 3/31/2010 at 10:54 a.m. 0 comments
The last time Knox County elected a new mayor, it wasn’t really an election. Political power players threw so much money at Mike Ragsdale so early that anyone else thinking of running just gave up. What we got was a ...
New East County Sector Plan Offers Opportunity for Smart Development
Published 3/3/2010 at 11:53 a.m. 0 comments
Last month the Metropolitan Planning Commission approved a new East County sector plan, and the document will come before Knox County Commission this month.