Opinion

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Column: The Court at Its Best

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

In his powerful dissenting opinion from Friday’s same-sex marriage decision, Chief Justice John Roberts asks an excellent question: “Just who do we think we are?” …

Editorial: Change in the Air

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Last week felt like one of those rare occasions in the national life when it becomes clear within the space of a few days that …

Column: Confederacy’s Ugly History Is Not Forgotten

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The lowering of Confederate battle flags across the South is not a victory. It’s a correction, a small one, and to treat it like a …

Editorial: The GOP, the Stars and Bars, and Money

Thursday, June 25, 2015

So, all it took was nine members of a black church in Charleston to be gunned down for South Carolina’s governor to decide that the Confederate battle flag should be removed from the Statehouse grounds? And for Republican …

Column: Scott Walker’s Test of Academic Freedom

Thursday, June 25, 2015

One hundred years ago this month, the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin dedicated a bronze plaque commemorating a historic victory for academic freedom. When a distinguished faculty member, economist Richard T. Ely, had been accused of promoting socialism and fomenting disorder through his pro-labor speeches …

Column: Amazon Readers Will Pay by the Page

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Books were the original “sharing economy.” Ben Franklin founded the first American lending library before there even was a United States to found it in. Amazon has brought this into the 21st century with Kindle Unlimited, which lets you borrow and read a certain number of books at …

Forum: Hood Museum Helps Teachers; Balance in Sports Coverage; Not Ready to Leave Yet

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Hood Museum Helps Teachers To the Editor: The Hood Museum of Art is a terrific community resource, not just because of its free access to “visitors of all ages.” Its mission as a teaching museum reaches far beyond the faculty and students of Dartmouth College. In my …

Column: All Sides Should Shed Blinders on Racism

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The horrific massacre in Charleston, S.C., where nine black churchgoers died allegedly at the hands of a white supremacist gunman, has been a powerful jolt to America, prompting a renewed focus on racial divisions and the need to …

Editorial: America’s Baby Boomlet

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The baby bust may finally be over. Preliminary figures indicate that births rose in the United States in 2014 for the first time in seven long years. Only time will tell whether this heralds a new baby boom or only a baby bubble, but it is good news …

Column: Rand Paul’s Tax Plan Promises, Doesn’t Deliver

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul’s new tax-reform plan is a considerable improvement over his old one. He’s done what more politicians should: revise their ideas to take account of valid criticisms. But even the new plan doesn’t live up to the senator’s rhetoric. And it isn’t going anywhere. Paul’s earlier …

Willem Lange: Something’s Stirring in America, I Hope

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Montpelier “The United States is a land of free speech. Nowhere is speech freer — not even here where we sedulously cultivate it in its most repulsive form.” — Winston Churchill I could be wrong — I’m old …

Forum: Cessation of Hostilities; Value of Fathers; Teddy Bears on Call in Bradford

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Cessation of Hostilities To the Editor: Turning 90 years old on Memorial Day weekend stirs the memory. Yes, it was 70 years ago in May 1945 that V.E. Day arrived and found me in a small German town not far from the Elbe River. Peace had come, …

Column: Lonely White Supremacists Wanted

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

In the wake of news reports that Dylann Roof, the suspect in last week’s horrific massacre at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, had become attracted to the ideology of white supremacy, I decided to make a visit, …