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My Dad had a saying that always caught the attention of me and my brothers. Whenever we were being rowdy, cutting up or misbehaving, he would say, “I’m going to snatch a knot in your rear … more
I once visited Marion County’s Nickajack Cave and was sad about how little  is told of its history. The woods near the cave have a trail and boardwalk, and the area is maintained as a wildlife … more
I can’t remember a time when there was more early interest in school board elections in Cleveland than this year. When I agreed in 2020 to write this monthly column, Rick Norton, then a Banner … more
On March 27, my wife, Cindy, and I were among the 13 Americans actually watching the Academy Awards. Of course, a few hundred million now have seen Will Smith spring from his front-row seat and … more
Each year I write about the Oscars, the annual Hollywood ritual of smug, self-congratulatory wokeness. It is like the Westminster Dog Show but with more butt-sniffing, Botox and primping involved.I … more
Virginia Thomas, wife of U. S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, is free to hold whatever opinions, thoughts, judgments or impressions of politics and public policy she desires.And, … more
I have a solution for getting rid of turkey buzzards.In case you’re unfamiliar, turkey buzzards are big black birds that look like vultures with red heads and a gnarly beak.If I were a turkey, I … more
One of the privileges of serving on the board of the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway is the accolades that occasionally come my way from those who love our linear park. Whether they use it … more
“What a sweet dog!” I said, in Spanish.“She is a sweet dog,” the man walking her answered, in English. He had an Irish accent and was walking the young dog down the street as my husband, … more
When journalists sit down to write, they can choose between two compelling storylines — Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine, or the Third World’s incursion into sovereign America. Journalists … more
The Bradley County May 3 primary is only 38 days away, and 75 candidates are vying for the nominations to advance to the Bradley County general election in August.We already have been publishing … more
At this stage of my life, I need a challenge. It’s time to take on something most people will never conquer. Sure, I could go the easy route and become a rocket scientist. Nah, let’s go with … more
I have rarely ever gambled.Once in a blue moon — when I think the world owes me a favor — I will buy a lottery ticket.If I recall correctly, I’ve been to a casino five times.Each time, I gave … more
Secretary of State Blinken and President Biden are flying to Belgium to meet with NATO leaders and to expand U.S. military support to Ukraine (in addition to $800 million in ground support that we … more
“Good morning, you’ve reached the Congressman’s Washington D.C. office. How can I  help you today?” I notice immediately that I’m hiding the twang in my voice I was born with; … more
My landlord, Jorge, is a patron of the arts.When I imagine a patron of the arts, I imagine some fabulously wealthy person in the past, supporting the creation of art in Italy or New York — someone … more
The world seemed surprised when Hitler annexed the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia in 1938. More surprised when he invaded Poland in 1939 and flabbergasted when he marched into the Soviet Union in … more
The world lost a giant among giants when E.O. Wilson passed on in December. Wilson was not only an esteemed scientist and prolific author, but also a colossus in the conservation movement. The … more
The Tennessee legislature’s decision to take away Nashville’s representation in Congress is a short-term delectable for the Republican Party that may turn out to be poison. “Blue” Nashville … more
A tiny portion of my “day job” at a farm-and-home cooperative involves writing radio commercials and on-hold phone messages.More often than I like to admit, I get stuck for a closing zinger and … more
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