Published 1/6/2009 at 4:15 p.m. 2 comments
The coal industry spent $35 million this year trying to convince Americans that coal is clean. “Coal can do that” is the new slogan, explicitly linked to Obama’s “yes we can” in recent ads. On the industry website, they piggyback ...
Refuel the Budget with an Increased Tax
Published 12/23/2008 at 1:57 p.m. 0 comments
An interesting thing happened while gas prices hovered around $3 per gallon: Motorcycles proliferated. The climb over $2 per gallon idled a lot of Hummers and shiny work trucks, but it wasn’t enough to get many people to give up ...
Published 12/10/2008 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
Still, Tom Kilgore, head of TVA, faces similar scrutiny, and he is in charge of nuclear reactors, flood control along hundreds of river miles, a major electric grid, protecting natural resources, and improving air quality—responsibilities much more dire than winning ...
Tennessee’s Time to Shine
Published 11/26/2008 at 9:56 a.m. 0 comments
Tennessee diverged from the nation during the recent elections, turning its state Legislature over to Republicans for the first time in more than a century. Meanwhile, Democrats won the presidency and expanded control of Congress, triggering talk among Republicans about ...
Little Maverick on the Prairie
Published 11/12/2008 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
Some time back in 2000 when Karl Rove was creating whisper campaigns about him fathering the Bangladeshi orphan he adopted, McCain must have pledged that he would climb inside his own private Trojan horse and sabotage Rove’s machine. He cozied ...
Votes from Beyond
Published 10/29/2008 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
If ACORN drops voter registration forms on the courthouse lawn, will fraudulent votes sprout? Nutty names like Mickey Mouse never make the rolls, but what about less obvious forgeries? Fake names show up on forms mostly because some schmoe getting ...
Hold the Sausage
Published 10/15/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 1 comment
Have you heard about the last-minute addition to the Knox County ballot? The Volunteer-shaded petitions got enough signatures to become referenda. When you show up to vote for president, radical changes to the structure of county government will greet you ...
Anarchy for Wall St.
Published 10/1/2008 at 5:07 p.m. 1 comment
In July, former Sen. Phil Gramm said our country was in a “mental recession.” He was more correct than anyone realized. The remark got him booted from Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign, but subsequent events kept Gramm in the news. ...
Freedom From Cars
Published 9/17/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments
Last week’s gas-price spike was a glimpse at the future. After Katrina, gas sold at $3.50 per gallon until the supply chain was restored. The price settled back toward $2.50, but earlier this year Katrina’s prediction came true. How long ...
Living on (Ir)Rations
Published 9/3/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments
When Jackie Robinson took the field with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, he set off a revolution in American sports. In the decades since, black players, players from Latin America, and players from Japan have achieved star status. “World Series” ...
Published 8/20/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 1 comment
Sideways Glance by Rikki Hall: Incoming County Law Director Bill Lockett announced Sunday on Tennessee This Week that his interpretation of the Sunshine Law and the Fansler injunction will be different from that of outgoing John Owings. This is good ...
Only Human, Only Heroes
Published 8/6/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 1 comment
Sideways Glance by Rikki Hall: One Unitarian parent trying to explain the inexplicable to her child described the shooter’s desperation in the face of unemployment and termination of his food stamps. “He should have just come to our church, we ...
Published 7/23/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 2 comments
Sideways Glance by Rikki Hall: Another election is upon us, and in Knox County, the first true County Commission since 2002 will be assembled, kicking off the term-limits era voters thought they started in 1996. In Blount County, a circuit-court ...
Step Away from the Petition
Published 7/9/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 11 comments
Sideways Glance by Rikki Hall: Since the people behind the orange-and-white petition drive can’t decide what to call themselves, I am going to defer to Knox County Law Director John Owings, who malapropriately called them “Knox One Petition” at the ...
Published 6/25/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 3 comments
Sideways Glance by Rikki Hall: A meeting at the Burlington Library on June 12 should have been dull enough to drive spiders from the room. An advisory committee was deciding how to decide to change something, but the room was ...