Opinion

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Column: NRA Leader Promises Apocalypse Now

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Louisiana’s Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, who presides over a state with a high rate of gun violence and a low quality of gun laws, is …

Editorial: Ethics in Vermont

Thursday, July 30, 2015

When Gov. Peter Shumlin finally came out unequivocally in favor of creating a state ethics commission last week, his spokesman told The Associated Press that …

Column: Concealed Handguns Make America Safer

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Americans are increasingly convinced that owning a gun makes them safer. A new Rasmussen poll found that an overwhelming majority of Americans (68 percent) “feel …

Column: Police, Power and the People They Serve

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I am struggling mightily with the death of Sandra Bland. Struggling to understand it, struggling with the tragedy of it, and struggling especially with how utterly unnecessary and unfair it feels. And how depressing it is to watch the video of her initial encounter with police. I am …

Forum: A Long Voyage, but Not That Long; A Life-Saving Suggestion; Support for Hartland Dog Census

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Long, But Not That Long To the Editor: To set the record straight: My apologies for incorrectly stating in a recent Forum letter that if Voyager-1 was headed in the right direction it would take billions of years to reach planet Kepler-452b. It should have been only 25 …

Editorial: Hackers Vs. Automobiles

Monday, July 27, 2015

The article on the Wired website last week was like something out of a Hollywood thriller. As writer Andy Greenberg sped down the highway in a Jeep Cherokee, the radio started blasting hip hop, the air conditioning unexpectedly turned on, the wipers activated — and then the SUV …

Column: Video Confronts Us With Reality of Abortion

Monday, July 27, 2015

“Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you.” — Barack Obama, address to Planned Parenthood, April 26, 2013 Washington Planned Parenthood’s reaction to the release of a clandestinely recorded conversation about the sale of fetal body parts was highly revealing. After protesting that it did nothing illegal, it apologized …

Column: Should 90-Year-Old Ex-Prison Guard Be Prosecuted?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Should Denmark prosecute a 90-year-old Dane who volunteered as a Nazi concentration-camp guard more than 70 years ago? The question isn’t hypothetical: The Simon Wiesenthal Center has presented Danish authorities with a dossier urging the prosecution of Helmuth Leif Rasmussen, who by his own account was present at …

Forum: Assessing Suicide Risk in Jail; Better Than One-Liners

Monday, July 27, 2015

Assessing Suicide Risk in Jail To the Editor: In an Associated Press article printed in the Valley News last week, there were disturbing revelations in the case of Sandra Bland, the African-American woman who has been reported to have committed suicide after she was arrested after a minor …

Column: The Cars of My Youth Live On in Cuba

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Cuba, diplomatically unfrozen after 50 years, is more than an economic treasure for investors now that the Cuban flag flies over an embassy in Washington. It is an automobile time capsule. And it should be preserved as such, …

A Soiled Symbol

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Twin State residents of 150 years ago would have had no mixed feelings about the display of a Confederate battle flag after so many sons and fathers had been killed or maimed in what they called “The War of the Rebellion.” It would have been treasonous to them, …

Column: Neville Chamberlain Deserves a Fairer Hearing Than History Has Provided

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Washington After the final agreement with Iran over its nuclear program was announced in Vienna earlier this month, references to one long-gone politician surged on social media: Neville Chamberlain. This is not surprising. The late British prime minister, …

Column: Ronda Rousey’s Powerful Argument for Women’s Sports

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Everyone has been talking about Caitlyn Jenner’s inspiring ESPYs speech earlier this month — and with good reason. The recipient of the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage pledged to use her platform to shed light on the plight …