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Columns

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 tensions in America. Last week at Michael Brown’s funeral, where thousands of family, friends, civil rights leaders and residents gathered, came calls for justice and dignity for all families. But while Brown’s death is an …

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 to humanity. It’s not Ebola. And it’s not HIV/AIDS, malaria, cancer, obesity, heart disease or diabetes. The problem — a changing climate — doesn’t fit the traditional definition of health hazard and yet it threatens to undermine the …

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 to climate change will require broad, international effort. All true. But such coordination is not as out of reach as many believe. It is quite possible — if the United States does its part. The European Union has …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Column: The Power of Not Asserting Authority

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Respect is earned, not worn. In 1967 I completed Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. I was 20 years old and equal parts full of myself and utterly terrified. The prospect of leading an infantry platoon in Vietnam loomed in the …

Column: Obamacare Revelation: The Cost of the CEO Tax Break

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Corporate America’s CEO pay horror stories just keep rolling in. Marissa Mayer took the CEO reins at high-tech giant Yahoo in 2012. As of the end of last year, that status had brought Mayer a personal windfall that could eventually hit $214 million. Meanwhile, with Mayer at the …

Column: Corporations Flee Excessive American Tax

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Obama administration is highly exercised about “inversion,” the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of the U.S. to benefit from lower tax rates abroad. Not fair, says Barack …

Column: Even With an Engineering Degree, It’s Hard to Find a Job

Saturday, August 30, 2014

When I graduated from Penn State a year ago, I thought I was perfectly prepared to succeed in the business world. I’d worked hard, graduated at the top of my class in computer science and managed to acquire lots of experience with the sorts of industry software that …

Column: Fore, and Against: Should Obama Play Golf?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Nothing infuriates President Obama’s adversaries more than his golf outings, which have become so frequent that even his sympathizers have started to mutter about the unseemly symbolism of a commander-in-chief who practically lives on the links. In all …