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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.
Argumentative Behavior: Don't Let Bad Guys Control Conversation on Guns
Published 01/02/2013 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Seymour Alternatives: Look Beyond the Outdated Parkway Extension for Better Solutions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 12/05/2012 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.
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.
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 09/13/2012 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 08/15/2012 at 10:57 a.m.
The State of Tennessee has a golden opportunity to reduce spending in future elections: Stop funding Democratic primaries.
Biologists From TWRA, TDEC, TVA, UT, and Knox County Survey the Little River
Published 07/25/2012 at 10:20 a.m.
Finding everything that lives in a river is a big challenge, especially in a jewel of biodiversity like the Little River, so the experts team up. Biologists from TWRA, TDEC, TVA, Knox County and the University of Tennessee worked together. ...