Opinion

Apr. 02, 2014 @ 11:46 PM

Editorial: Haslam often talks teacher pay, but cuts raises in recent budget

Governor Bill Haslam has been a leader behind a tough move across Tennessee to set higher academic standards in our classrooms for students, teachers and administrators.


Apr. 02, 2014 @ 11:02 PM

Letter: Gun safety education is important, available

Jeff Farrell did a fine job with his hunter safety article, Students learn firearm-handling basics (March 28), and the follow up “Three Cheers” piece on the March 29 editorial page was also supportive of the hunter safety class, offered on an optional basis to Sevier County seventh graders.


Apr. 01, 2014 @ 11:58 PM

Ask the doc: Is marriage really good for me?

Medical research now says you might live longer because of your marriage.


Apr. 01, 2014 @ 11:48 PM

Letter: Why do we allow some to hold office for so long?

As the signs pop up along the roadways and in people's yards a few questions come to my mind.


Mar. 31, 2014 @ 11:40 PM

Editorial: Don't drive distracted

You hear a beep from the passenger seat. Having just left work, you’re sure it’s a text from a coworker or your boss, alerting you to some “t” you’ve left uncrossed or some “i” left undotted.


Mar. 31, 2014 @ 12:04 AM

Jason Davis: Every newspaper has its issues

In some ways, newspapers are a little like jobs.


Mar. 31, 2014 @ 12:02 AM

Budget shortfall creates problems for higher education

Gov. Bill Haslam has announced some big initiatives over the past year when it comes to higher education.


Mar. 29, 2014 @ 11:30 PM

Letter: Imposing their beliefs not good

Here’s the bottom-line on state officials trying to impose a brand of Christianity not shared by all into government policy. We will not have freedom for religion in our lives if we do not have freedom from religion in our laws.


Mar. 29, 2014 @ 11:29 PM

Letter: Sock Hop was a success

Over the past few years, Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic has benefited from the generosity of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, which has hosted a popular annual fundraising event, the Pirates’ Ball. This year, the pirates walked the plank and were replaced March 6 by teeny boppers from the ’50s and ’60s at a new event, the Sock Hop Under the Sea.


Mar. 28, 2014 @ 11:40 PM

Letter: Living in a political ‘bizarro world’

Those familiar with the “Seinfeld” sitcom may remember the “bizarro world” episode in which normal and sensible daily life was altered and became confusing. Political characters guided by tabloid style news personalities and their organizations have taken this country to a “bizarro world” in which facts carry no more weight than total nonsense.


Mar. 28, 2014 @ 11:31 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Dollywood’s latest coaster, FireChaser Express, pleased a lot of theme park fans, young and old, last weekend, as it was designed to cater to kids and adults from 39 inches tall up.


Mar. 27, 2014 @ 11:40 PM

Editorial: Great days in the Great Smoky Mountains

There’s nothing quite like a hike through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on a warm and clear spring day.


Mar. 27, 2014 @ 11:24 PM

Letter: Couple thankful for help from the community

A few Sundays ago we encountered a forest fire that began on our property then suddenly nearly encompassed our home. As we slowly recover from the fire event, we began to think of all those who came to our aid that day and in the days that followed. Letters were sent as well as face to face appreciation to all those to fight the fire plus also to support us.


Mar. 26, 2014 @ 11:26 PM

Editorial: Another day, another delay as ACA enrollment deadline pushed back

To the surprise of almost no one, the deadline for signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act has been deemed flexible.


Mar. 26, 2014 @ 11:10 PM

Letter: Limbaugh resorts to name-calling

As I compare two of your syndicated columnists, I find that Mark Shields can express his views and opinions using facts in a civil and respectful manner; while David Limbaugh must resort to name calling, flame throwing, exaggeration and half-truths. Too often in our political climate the issues are not being debated on their merits, but by demonizing not only the opposing point of view, but also those who hold those views.


Mar. 26, 2014 @ 11:09 PM

Letter: Reader wants cartoons back


Mar. 25, 2014 @ 11:08 PM

Editorial: To delay or not delay Common Core

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Tennessee State Senator Frank Niceley has said a compromise on legislation delaying for two years the further implementation on Common Core education standards, is close.


Mar. 24, 2014 @ 11:03 PM

Editorial: Pressure on Martin could backfire for Vols fans

One week is in the books in the NCAA Basketball Tournament, and the Tennessee Volunteers have officially danced their way into the Sweet 16.


Mar. 21, 2014 @ 09:56 PM

Guest editorial: The public deserves a spin-free government

When the Valley Journals of Riverton, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City, wanted to know the time of the town’s 2012 Easter egg hunt, they couldn’t find out. The city barred the parks official from speaking to reporters without permission, and nothing, not even the Second Coming, would pry that information loose.


Mar. 17, 2014 @ 12:52 AM

Jason Davis: Writer’s block equals quick takes on a few items

Every few weeks, my mental well runs dry. Coming up with column and editorial ideas day after day can get taxing. So today, I’m going to be all over the map, hitting on little pieces of this and that I’ve found interesting.


Mar. 17, 2014 @ 12:50 AM

Let the sunshine in!

March 16-22 is Sunshine Week in New Mexico and nationwide. Take a moment to celebrate. Sunshine Week focuses on the importance of open government. No open government, no democracy. No transparency, no government accountability.


Mar. 15, 2014 @ 11:59 PM

Letter: More fathers, fewer problems

Maybe if we had more Eddie LaFollette grandfathers and fathers (March 8 edition) sharing and teaching the value of hard work, the list of "...indictments returned" would be much shorter.


Mar. 15, 2014 @ 11:00 PM

Letter: Reader distrusts President Obama

Barack Obama is someone who should be studied by psychiatrists and scientists for the rest of his life.


Mar. 14, 2014 @ 11:57 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Congratulations to 18-year-old musical talent Ben Parton on his recent selection for the 2014 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.


Mar. 14, 2014 @ 11:13 PM

Letter: Why not drug court?

Drug courts are judicially-supervised court dockets that handle the cases of non-violent substance abusing offenders under the adult, juvenile, family and tribal justice systems.