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Chattanooga Council Chairman Yusuf Hakeem's reaction Tuesday to an email from city transportation administrator Blythe Bailey, in which Bailey said he wouldn't attend a meeting where it appeared a sweetheart deal was being proposed for a private taxi company, was akin to a child having a favorite toy taken away from him.

  • March 20th, 2014  |
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Let the campaign begin. Four and a half months before voters will decide between incumbent U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and two-time primary opponent Weston Wamp as the Republican candidate in November's congressional election, the first call-and-response between the two has set things in motion.

  • March 19th, 2014  |
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Police want to respect the authority of school principals and parents but get all the necessary information they can. Principals want to be seen as cooperating with police and protecting children. Parents want to protect their children and cooperate with police and principals.

  • March 18th, 2014  |
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Last week, Washington, D.C.'s finest Democrats didn't attempt to fix Obamacare, didn't try to get to the bottom of the Benghazi attack, didn't suggest President Barack Obama get tough with Russian President Vladimir Putin and didn't try to find out the truth about the IRS scandal.

No one ever said it would be easy. Or that life is fair.

A week ago Friday, an incident at Barger Academy of Fine Arts in Brainerd had the potential not only to cause extensive fire damage but also to scar a young student for life.

  • March 15th, 2014  |
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With the White House’s recent announcement that it is delaying the Obamacare employer health insurance mandate for yet another year, the current administration has once again demonstrated its intention to selectively decide which laws it wants to enforce and execute, and those it does not.

  • March 15th, 2014  |
  • By Grover G. Norquist and Patrick Gleason
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What's the worst thing that could happen if Hamilton County commissioners discuss new school projects outside the public view, as suggested in Wednesday's agenda session?

Young adults today don't remember that "Winston tastes good, like a cigarette should," or that "you've come a long way, baby," if you smoke Virginia Slims cigarettes, or that they should "come to where the flavor is," in Marlboro country.

A truly nutty bill is scheduled to be considered today in committees of the Tennessee General Assembly.

When Emma Goldman said "there is no hope that women, with [their] right to vote, will purify politics," she was not talking about 21st-century candidates, but there are some in 2014 who fit the bill:

  • March 10th, 2014  |
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More than 150 years after battles in and around Chattanooga, and four-to-six months since the sesquicentennial of those battles, the Civil War continues to make its mark on the consciousness of the Scenic City.

It's time for a bold move by Gov. Bill Haslam to put the health of Tennesseans ahead of politics.

Chalk one up for the senior ladies of East Lake.

  • March 7th, 2014  |
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Orson Welles, shilling on television for Paul Masson Mountain Winery in the 1970s, used to purr: "We will sell no wine before its time."

  • March 5th, 2014  |
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