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Politics & Warblers: The Wit, Wisdom, and Frank Opinions of Rikki Hall
Published 04/02/2014 at 3 p.m.
Richard “Rikki” Hall (1965-2014) was precisely the type of political columnist that Tennessee most needs: reasonable and logical, yet with a passion for justice. With his passing last Sunday, we present some of his most unsparing, inspiring bits from his ...
Electing Judges in Partisan Elections Is a Bad Idea
Published 01/02/2014 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 11/06/2013 at 11:31 a.m.
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 09/11/2013 at 10:55 a.m.
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 08/14/2013 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 06/26/2013 at 11:17 a.m.
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 03/27/2013 at 10:53 a.m.
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 02/27/2013 at 2:50 p.m.
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 01/30/2013 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.