Opinion

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Column: They Put Down My Pats — I Shake Them Off

Friday, January 30, 2015

Washington I never knew how much fun it was to be loyal to a hated outlaw sports team until the whole world came down on …

Column: Court Will Rule Against ACA Provision

Friday, January 30, 2015

Conservatives in Washington are increasingly confident that the Supreme Court will rule this summer that the White House has gone beyond its legal authority in …

Column: Barbie Doll Still Has Legs: Just Ask My 4-Year-Old Daughter

Friday, January 30, 2015

Mattel chief executive Bryan Stockton resigned Tuesday after a five-quarter sales slump and three years of flagging sales of the company’s best-known brand, Barbie. It …

Column: Cheap Oil and SUVs are a Sucker’s Bet

Monday, January 26, 2015

Where is the logic in buying a gas-guzzling SUV just because gas prices are so low? As gas prices have tumbled, gas-hog sales have soared. November sales of the Cadillac Escalade SUV were up 91.5 percent over November …

Editorial: No Need for Nerdy Google Glass

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hard to believe it was just a few years ago when we first heard about Google Glass, the breakthrough in augmented-reality eyeglasses. And today — what a marvel! — millions of us wear this futuristic headgear to surf the Web, video-chat with mom and take hands-free photos. Oops. …

Column: The Middle Class Gets Attention, but Poor Need College Aid

Monday, January 26, 2015

One could be forgiven for thinking that it’s the middle class who have suffered most from America’s failed higher-education policies, which saddled students with years of debt. Putative reformers invoke the plight of the middle class almost exclusively. President Obama’s plan to link financial aid to certain college …

Column: U.S. Fiddles While Iran Burns the Mideast

Monday, January 26, 2015

Washington While Iran’s march toward a nuclear bomb has provoked a major clash between the White House and Congress, Iran’s march toward conventional domination of the Arab world has been largely overlooked. In Washington, that is. The Arabs have noticed. And the pro-American ones, the Gulf Arabs in …

Column: Fill Up on Cheap Gasoline While You Can

Monday, January 26, 2015

Raise that thermostat and fire up the SUV: West Texas Intermediate crude is hovering around $45 a barrel, and the Costco near my house is currently vending gasoline for under $2 a gallon. But don’t start pricing Hummers just yet, because we don’t know how long this will …

Forum, Jan. 24: Deregulation and Cost Increases; Lead with News, Not Opinion; GMOs and Wheat

Monday, January 26, 2015

Deregulation and Cost Increases To the Editor: Meredith Angwin of the Ethan Allen Institute is a rock star among energy analysts, and she hits the right chord by blaming the recent run-up in electric rates on our big regional embrace of natural gas as a generation fuel (“Why …

Column: Remember Rick Perry — He May Run Again

Monday, January 26, 2015

Washington Many people are holding their breath waiting for Rick Perry to announce whether he will run for president again. As Perry ponders, among those who wait nervously, are the folks who work at the Department of Commerce, Education and Energy, which Perry presumably still wants to eliminate …

Forum, Jan. 26: A Feeling of Power; This Pope Is No Marxist; Recycle That Glass

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Feeling of Power To the Editor: Thank you, Meredith Angwin, for your statement that “it would be better to choose conservation and grid diversity” than to depend on “cheap” natural gas (“Why Electricity Costs Spiked,” Perspectives, Jan. 18). The challenge is creating a diverse grid in a …

Column: Creativity Happens When Thetford Students Aim to Help Schoolmate

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I had seen this classroom before — lab tables with students working independently or in small groups, the clutter of work-in-progress, laptops open and running, a bicycle propped in the corner — but today when I approached and …

Editorial: Stop Seizing Assets Without Charges

Sunday, January 25, 2015

While America’s shamefully high incarceration rate is the most visible result of the ruinous war on drugs that the nation began waging in the 1970s and ’80s, almost as notorious is civil asset forfeiture, a practice that was greatly expanded during that time. Under civil forfeiture, law enforcement …