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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: Some Used Cars Are More Used Than Others

Monday, August 25, 2014

Let’s talk about buying used cars. The other day a 52-year-old car that was once involved in a fatal crash sold for $38,115,000 at an auction in Carmel, Calif. It was a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta. It …

Column: (Re) Committing to a Life of the Law

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Following are excerpts from Cheryl Hanna’s keynote address to the Vermont Justice Association’s 2010 Annual Meeting , Doing Ourselves Justice: (Re) Committing to a Life of the Law . Hanna, a prominent Vermont Law School professor and legal …

Column: Do the Math: War and Peace, and the Prouty

Sunday, August 24, 2014

I recently spent six and a half hours on my bicycle riding in the 33rd annual Prouty, the fundraiser for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. I had ridden in it several times, but not since getting hit by …

Column: We Can Stop The Worst People on Earth

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Baghdad called President Obama’s bluff and he came through. He had refused to provide air support to Iraqi government forces until the Iraqis got rid of their divisive sectarian prime minister. They did. He responded. With the support …

Column: Inequality in Suburbia: Ferguson Isn’t Alone

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The current turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., follows the trajectory of urban riots in Newark, Detroit, Cincinnati, Miami, Oakland, Los Angeles and elsewhere. They typically begin with an incident of racially tinged police abuse. Outraged members of the black …

Column: Hope and Change, As in Climate Change

Friday, August 22, 2014

A few years ago, I discovered my undergraduates had informally renamed my Intro to Environmental Studies class. They called it “Environmental Depression.” I’ve been teaching college undergraduates about the environment for 20 years. Like many others, I focus …

Column: A Fairer Way to Elect House Members

Friday, August 22, 2014

In the original conception of our Constitution, the House of Representatives was to be the branch of government that best reflected the will of the people. House members cannot serve without being elected — vacancies are not filled by appointees — and they must face the voters every …

Editorial: Prosecuting Politicians

Friday, August 22, 2014

There are many fair grounds on which to criticize Rick Perry’s performance as governor of Texas: his rejection of federal funding for Medicaid expansion and his grandstanding deployment of the state’s National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, to name just two. But the list does not include …

Column: Of Apps and Aptitude: We Could Teach Grandma to Code

Thursday, August 21, 2014

American businesses are aging, as is the country; and this is bad for the economy, say Ian Hathaway and Robert Litan of the Brookings Institution. They reported in July that the share of older firms, aged 16 years or more, has increased from 23 percent in 1992 to …

Column: Obama Tests Limits on Executive Orders

Thursday, August 21, 2014

There are two words every president, including Barack Obama, hates to hear: “lame duck.” He’s in year six of his eight-year run. His biggest accomplishments are all in the past; his remaining proposals are stymied by Congress. His …