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How dangerous, really, are those rockets Hamas has been firing at Israel? Is the Israeli Defense Force like an armored soldier turning his weapons on a kid shooting spitballs?

  • July 29th, 2014  |
  • By Thomas P. Balázs
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A U.S. House and Senate known for gridlock may be on the verge of passing legislation that is not only bipartisan but has a positive benefit for citizens.

  • July 28th, 2014  |
  • By By Robin Smith
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Summer camp season is drawing to a close at the Kennedy house. It’s time to put away the duffle bags and the Deep Woods Off towelettes.

Marvin Gaye’s lyrics to an America twisting in turmoil over the war in Vietnam resonate not only with those who lived through the struggles decades ago, but also with those — like me — who fear our country has given up on civility and discourse today.

  • July 27th, 2014  |
  • By By Ed Gilmour
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Two mules at once! What a shot!

  • July 27th, 2014  |
  • By By Dr. Anthony Hodges
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Dear Chattanoogans, Companies worldwide are clamoring to establish a presence in Tennessee.

  • July 26th, 2014  |
  • By By Sen. Bob Corker
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Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists, bent on getting the old USSR band back together, shot down a Malaysian airliner. Rivaled only by Obama, Putin is adept at blaming others. He did so in this case, but since he shot down a plane full of Europeans, he might have angered more than Americans.

  • July 25th, 2014  |
  • By By Ron Hart
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By the time he was 10 years old, Thomas Rumph was selling bags of peanuts and popcorn on the side of the road in Toombs County, Ga.

The question of Israel’s troubled relationship with the Palestinians is one I’ve grappled with on and off since I was a child. During my current trip in Israel in which I’ve taken shelter from rocket fire in basements, stairwells and inside public sculptures, it’s been a lot more on than off.

  • July 23rd, 2014  |
  • By Thomas P. Balázs
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Each week for almost 27 years, with the exception of a period of time I ran for Congress, I have facilitated a Bible study class at my church in Hixson.

  • July 21st, 2014  |
  • By By Robin Smith
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In the nearly dozen years that I've worked at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, I've never seen so many of my newsroom colleagues receive journalism awards for the work they do.

My sons, ages 12 and 7, are experts at the art of negotiating with wishy-washy parents.

You're ordering the banana pancakes, and the guy out in the parking lot is ordering two ounces of cocaine.

Ballot results were trickling in on election night November 1936, as President Franklin Roosevelt looked for a second term.

  • July 20th, 2014  |
  • By By Dr. Anthony Hodges
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My little girl was nervous. Like two outs, Game 7 nervous.

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