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In September, NASA told us that August 2014 was the warmest August on record.

Most of us will push away from the table today feeling much too full. Not just too full of Thanksgiving fare, but also too full of life's blessings to recount.

  • Nov. 27th, 2014  |
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Even if Jim Catanzaro's supporters don't think two no-confidence faculty votes and his controversial hiring of a senior executive assistant to extend Chattanooga State Community College's partnership with a college in Barbados (where he loves to vacation) are enough to get him sacked, then perhaps his own sloppiness with a calendar will seal the deal.

Hands up, don’t shoot. It will be a chant that will live and should live. It will be a chant that should teach us all to seek peace even when peace is an uphill fight.

Mark your calenders: The GOP is fighting meaningful carbon-cuts policy now (think Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell crying that Kentucky coal jobs are more important than the full earth’s population and Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe invoking God, not carbon, for what he has called the climate change “hoax”), but the demographics of the Republican Party should bring change in the coming decade.

The immigration firestorm has begun — another faux scandal manipulated by the guileless conservatives in a GOP party that used to have statesmen but now just has reality show actors.

There are more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., and soon nearly 5 million will be protected from deportation under executive actions planned by President Barack Obama.

  • Nov. 21st, 2014  |
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Forget Grubergate. Forget repealing Obamacare. Forget being a cynical southern conservative no-no-no-man or woman.

Old Man Winter has really hit us with the tingle digits. And that's especially true for what must be the largest number of homeless people Chattanooga has seen in years.

  • Nov. 18th, 2014  |
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Not a day goes by without some staggering scientific marvel revealed that we have helped pay for, like a genetically modified potato for McDonald's that offers less cancer risk when fried up for french fries or the stunning 10-year, $1 billion journey of a washing machine-sized spaceship now hitchhiking on a comet.

The hoopla about the Keystone XL Pipeline would be much easier understood by John Q. Public if it were renamed the Koch Industries (and Campaign Funds) Pipeline.

Here's a hypothetical quandary: Your house is about to catch on fire because outdated wires are overloaded and overheating.

Conservatives are all a-flutter over the U.S. Supreme Court's announcement Friday that it will hear another challenge to the Affordable Care Act in a case they hope will destroy President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

After a tidal wave of anti-tax sentiment swept Tennessee last Tuesday, the same lawmaker that brought Amendment 3 to ban a general state income tax and local payroll tax now is peddling a bill that would phase out the state’s Hall income tax on stock dividends and some bonds.

The United States Congress is quibbling with President Barack Obama about whether to raise the U.S. minimum wage from $7.25 a hour to $10.10 an hour — a move that some researchers have said would lift about 4.6 million working Americans out of poverty in an era when corporate pay for the top 1 percent has increased to record levels while many Americans haven't had a raise in more than five years.

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