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Opinion

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Column: Let’s Talk About the Wide Racial Divide

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The tragic events in Ferguson, Mo., following the police shooting death of a young African-American man, have ignited a national conversation around deeply rooted racial …

Editorial: A Climate for Change: U.S. Can Lead Global Carbon Cuts

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Probably the most persuasive argument against U.S. action on global warming is China. No U.S.-only initiative can stop the planet from warming. Any effective response …

Column: Health Care and Climate Catastrophes

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Last week, leading health authorities were huddled at World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, discussing how to confront one of the most urgent threats …

Column: Let’s Talk About the Wide Racial Divide

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The tragic events in Ferguson, Mo., following the police shooting death of a young African-American man, have ignited a national conversation around deeply rooted racial tensions in America. Last week at Michael Brown’s funeral, where thousands of family, …

Tuesday Forum: A Wonderful Father; An Exemplary Candidate; Peter Welch’s Many Strengths

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Wonderful Father and Example To the Editor: It was a nice surprise to see my father, George G. Gyorky, mentioned in the Aug. 27 editorial, “A Day in the Life: Bright Moments in a Dark World.” My father was a wonderful man, and all my life I’ve …

A Simple Carbon Plan

Monday, September 1, 2014

A prominent member of Congress has proposed a comprehensive national climate-change plan. It’s only 28 pages long, it’s market-based, and it would put money into the pockets of most Americans. This is not the first time that Rep. …

Column: Rick Perry Works to Forget All That

Monday, September 1, 2014

It was all going so well for Texas Gov. Rick Perry — until the indictment. His efforts to move past a disastrous 2012 presidential run that had become a reliable punch line for a senior moment seemed to be working. He’s dropped a few pounds and added hip …

Column: Attack on Teacher Tenure Is an Attack on Blacks

Monday, September 1, 2014

After the Vergara v. California decision in California’s state Supreme Court, which held that key job protections for teachers are unconstitutional, anti-union advocates everywhere began spawning copycat lawsuits. But while reformers may genuinely want to fix education for everyone, their efforts will only worsen diversity in the teaching …

Monday, September 1, 2014

Column: No Reason to Get Another Dog, and Then There Was Lucy

Sunday, August 31, 2014

There are so many reasons not to get a puppy. When you are my age and retired and finally able to follow a whim and leave home whenever you like, why would you complicate that? Why, when you …

Editorial: Nights of Labor

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Cancel that festive Labor Day cookout for the great American worker. Life for the working stiff is certainly no picnic these days. It’s no secret that middle class wages have stagnated over recent decades, while the benefits of economic growth have accrued almost exclusively to the top 5 …

Column: Football’s School of Hard Knocks Can Teach Important Lessons

Sunday, August 31, 2014

My father wasn’t what anyone might call an over-involved parent. He was a Fifties Dad, committed to cigarettes, beer, cards, the ponies and a demanding job that kept the roof tight over our heads and food piled high …

Column: Why I’m Walking Away From the Game I Love

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A few years ago, I began to feel guilty about watching football. What started it were the revelations about brain damage we now know the game caused in many retired players. But there was plenty more — the cynical commercialization of the sport, its cultish celebration of violence …