Today's Opinions

  • Spring is here- get happy

    Thai meditation master Ajahn Chah once said, “Looking for peace is like looking for a turtle with a moustache. You won't be able to find it. But when your heart is ready, peace will come looking for you.”

    Oh, well. Judy Collins sung it best. Hey, I’m just the messenger. Nevertheless, I’m excited about something. Spring is about to be sprung and I‘m more than ready for it.

  • Duck and Cover

    As children growing up in the 1960s, we conducted a harmless school drill called ‘duck and cover.’ Can you remember this one? Or how about this one: ‘This is a test. For the next 60 seconds, this station will conduct a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test.’ In those days we faced nuclear weapons and MAD—mutually assured destruction. In our community, a tremendous cave served as the ‘fallout shelter.’ We could always go there in case someone used Weapons of Mass Destruction, or so we were told. What innocent days they were.

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  • Goldman Sachs at it again?

    Have you heard about the recent economic threat to the European Union coming from Greece? Greece has a debt problem that could cause a domino effect in the Euro nations. The Greek currency has been debauched through deficit spending and now countries such as France and Germany are being compromised because their currencies are linked and vulnerable. The intricacies of EU currency agreements for the Euro have made this a ticking time bomb. reeping away from the crime scene, once again, is that manipulator of markets- Goldman Sachs. Sound familiar?

  • From a brother to his sister on her wedding day

    Today started out as just another day.

    Too many bills to pay, too many errands to run, and not enough of me to go around. Then, everything seemed to stop as I received your phone call telling me that you’re getting married.

    Just so I wouldn’t forget, I stopped everything and circled your special day on my office calendar. This is a happy, yet nerve-racked moment for you, I‘m sure.

  • Taking the 10th Amendment

    No, not the 5th – the 10th.  

    The Tenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States provides protection to the states from encroachment by the federal government.  The federal government has become more and more involved in our everyday lives from the college football bowls to the compulsory low-flush toilet bowls in our home.

  • Don't try this at home

    Who needs to travel to Canada for the Winter Olympics? Especially with all the snow that we’ve been having right here in East Tennessee lately? We can have some winter games right here in our own back yard. Or at least that’s what my friends and I thought last week when we decided to invent an extreme winter sport of our own-snow canoeing.

  • I really hate snow!

    My fellow journalists Jennifer Caldwell and Charlotte Underwood have pounded out columns this year sharing their new found enthusiasm for snow. I suppose I could follow suit.

    But, I won’t.

    Nope not me.

    I have enough of this white powdery, slushy stuff to last me at least the next 10 winters.

    That’s right. I am going on record- I can't stand snow.