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Opinion

  • The ink on election certificates has just dried for the winners from the November elections last year. It was a historic year for Republicans in Tennessee.

  • Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a very bipartisan person; a “to each his own“type of individual. I am someone who doesn’t require my readers to believe exactly how I believe or tell my readers they have to agree with without exception.

    However, I feel as though I have a responsibility to my readers to help enlighten them and teach them how to look at their world as being a little bit more tolerable than what they’re used to. Also, when something touches me in such a profound way, it makes me want to share it with everyone.    

  • It’s finally here: the end of yet another year of school in all its glory.

    I remember fondly the excitement that generated from summer vacation drawing near. I’d get to sleep in and go to bed a little later than usual, go to a relative’s house that had a swimming pool, washing away all the summertime blues, and let’s not forget the anticipation surrounding Fourth of July festivities.

  • President Barrack Obama is promoting the passage of an international arms control treaty entitled, the “Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing Of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials, or CIFTA.  It was originally signed by President Bill Clinton, but never ratified by the GOP-controlled Senate.  Now, presumably, with a friendlier Democrat Senate to work with the passage of this assault upon the Second Amendment appears ready to go forward.  

    Grab your gun.

  • In the last week, questions have begun to swirl about not only LaFollette’s new police chief but also how he ended up in the position.

    For a brief moment, I don’t think the people squeezed into the council chambers last Tuesday night believed James Lynch had just nabbed the top cop spot for the city.

    In fact, I don’t think he initially trusted his own ears.

    There was no discussion between council members about the applicants, their credentials or anything for that matter. In fact, entire council appeared disengaged from the process at times.

  • Dear graduates of the Class of 2009:

    I write this to you whole-heartedly wishing you nothing but a bright and successful future. As you start living in the real world that often appears so big, almost too big sometimes. Allow me to share with you these pearls of wisdom that I pray will help you in certain areas of your young adult lives.

  • These were the words of our new president recently in Turkey.  Obama made a similar statement in an email response to CBN's David Brody in 2007:  “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation.”  Whatever we once were?

    Patrick Henry, the “give me liberty or give me death guy” said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

  • This past week, I was walking through the woods. There’s nothing in my opinion more peaceful than the outdoors. Trust me, if you ever want to leave the real world behind, take a trip into the realms of nature and explore God’s great big universe.

    I walked deeper into the woods and noticed a tree standing from a distance. It was beautiful and appeared so full of life. However, it wasn’t until I got closer to it that I began to see the flaws and imperfections it previously had.

  • Happy 100 days of President Barack Obama.

  • To all the dear mother’s of this world-

    You may be someone who has given birth, or may have assumed the role of mother in another way.

    Just the same, you are God’s love in expression. No matter how old you are, where you are, or who the children are who need you, always be ready to give the reassurance and encouragement, to dry their tears, and to listen to their stories and their discoveries.

  • I knew that’d get your attention!

    No, I’m not trying to attract more of a reading audience through colorful phrases and quirky puns. This week’s story is one that is designated for those who either live with uncontrollable guilt placed by someone else or by themselves.

    William Shakespeare once said it best, “What’s done cannot be undone.”

    How true that is, indeed!

    Do you have anything in your life that you wish you could do over again?

  • We should all thank Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for supporting the enhanced interrogation techniques that have been used at Guantanamo Bay that may have saved thousands of American lives.

    You have probably heard her mention how she supports President Obama on shutting down the Gitmo Detention Center and how she thinks water boarding is torture, when in fact, she was the ranking Democrat on the House Select Committee on Intelligence and sat in on the sessions that detailed interrogation and approved techniques for use on suspected Al-Qaeda members.

  • For as long as I’ve been writing, the one question I’m always asked is, “Where do you come up with your writing ideas?”

    Though this is a common question, the truth is that my creativity can come from anywhere. I’ve gotten inspiration for whole chapters while pumping gas, walking in the park, or even cleaning the bathroom toilet. You never know when it will hit, but that’s why I’ve got to keep an open mind and a notepad handy.

    Also, I have another secret.

  • Last week, over a million people turned out for an estimated 850 tea party events held across the nation.  

    Adopting the imagery of the Boston Tea Party, these independent activists from across the political spectrum brought out their pitchforks and protest signs to voice their outrage over unparalleled government spending.