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  • George B. Reed Jr.
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Donald Trump tried to scare us with his exaggerated rhetoric about the dangers from illegal immigrants, Muslim travelers to the U.S. and other strawman issues. But neither he nor Hillary ever mentioned what I believe to be the No. 1 threat to our very survival: out-of-control drug abuse of e…

  • George B. Reed Jr.
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The cultural differences between Yankees and Southerners at the time of the civil War, and to a great extent even today, can be largely attributed to differences between the Celtic people of Scottish and Irish extraction who settled the southeast and the Anglo-Saxon and German settlers of th…

  • George B. Reed Jr.
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According to "You-Know-Who," things are pretty bad right now. The country is going to Hell in a handbasket. But I think both the Prez and his followers are dead wrong. Despite persistent troubles in the Middle East and Africa, we are experiencing the longest period in modern history without …

  • George B. Reed Jr.
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The old bluegrass/country song, "I’m Crying My Heart Out Over You," contains these plaintive words: "I was blind, I could not see that you meant the world to me; and like a fool I stood and watched you go." Are we likewise blind today to the slipping away of our religious heritage and traditions?

  • By George B. Reed Jr.
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My credentials as a southerner are impeccable. My family, originally Scottish, migrated from Ireland to South Carolina and Virginia in the early 1700s. My fraternal grandmother’s family owned fifteen slaves and, as far as I can determine, every male in our family of fighting age voluntarily …

  • George B. Reed Jr.
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The once-overwhelming Christian majority in the U.S. is shrinking, and this appears to be part of a worldwide trend. The number of Americans who identify as "non- affiliated" is growing. While young adults comprise the largest unchurched group, this trend is also occurring across the entire …

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As the first leader of a fledgling United States of America, George Washington is universally recognized as "The Father of His Country", Abraham Lincoln earned the nickname of "The Great Emancipator" for ending slavery in America, Ronald Reagan was known as "The Great Communicator" for his s…

  • George B. Reed Jr.
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I think the real explanation for Trump’s election is the fact that millions of Americans feel they have been increasingly left further behind after each successive economic cycle recovery. When we plug inflation into the equation it reveals that in terms of real income the American middle an…

  • By George B. Reed Jr.
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If Obamacare is repealed we will again be the only developed country without national health care. The Republicans propose to pay for low-income families’ health insurance with their usual tax cuts and "medical savings plans," whatever those are. But tell me any place or time that has ever worked.

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The 2016 elections — the results of which will be debated, dissected and detested for years to come — are behind us and next Thursday a new commander-in-chief will be sworn in. With the election of President Donald Trump the nation as we know it could very possibly undergo extreme change.

  • By George B. Reed Jr.
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To evaluate presidents’ performances before at least a generation after they have left office is usually an exercise in futility. But an early review of Obama’s record can at least give us some idea of how future historians and political scientists might evaluate his administration.

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About 60 were in attendance when Shannon Whitfield held his first regularly scheduled business meeting last Thursday. And rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame for the serious financial challenges he assumes as the county's first new commissioner in 16 years, he did what he knows h…

  • By George B. Reed Jr.
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Since the beginning of the modern era in American politics, and I wouldn’t venture to say exactly when that was, there has been a core conviction in both major parties that if this country would just elect a true conservative (or liberal) and a Congressional majority of the same persuasion, …

  • By George B. Reed Jr.
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With the bowl games and playoffs coming up it will again become apparent (I hope!) that the Southeastern Conference plays some of the best football in the country. We will get few arguments about that around here. But there is considerable controversy over the reason(s) behind this success. …

  • George B. Reed Jr.
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Reams of paper and cartridges of ink will be expended on why Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election. To begin with the American electorate was under no illusions about the character and abilities of either candidate, neither of whom they particularly liked. In Hillary they saw a mere continu…

  • Bo Wagner
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The snow is gently falling, while father is dragging the freshly cut tree from the forest. The lights of the cabin beckon lovingly, as mother and children wait for him on the front porch. Yes, it looks like it will be another Norman Rockwell kind of a Christmas...

  • Bo Wagner
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Most of us grew up singing a cute little song at Christmas that began like this: "You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen, but do you recall, the most famous reindeer of all..."

  • By George B. Reed Jr.
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The widely-held belief that America is divinely predestined to dominate the world, a concept known as "American Exceptionalism," is warmly reassuring and a boon to our national ego. Too bad it’s not true. Our rise to world supremacy is more attributable to natural factors, primarily geograph…

  • By George B. Reed Jr.
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Early in his presidency President Obama reaffirmed that we have an unbreakable bond with Israel, spiritual as well as political. And I completely agree. The Jewish people have given us our religion and our Savior, a debt we can never fully repay. We must always remember that Jesus was born, …

Very early on in life I had developed within me a very idealized view of the holidays. We really did not have much at all growing up; I was a child in a single-parent home. Nonetheless, my mother somehow always managed to make sure that Thanksgiving and Christmas were special times.

  • George B. Reed Jr.
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After a flat denial of global warming during the campaign in line with standard conservative doctrine, President Elect Trump has moderated his stance. It will be interesting to see exactly what that entails.

  • By George B Reed Jr.
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Here is an inconsistency for which I think there’s a reasonable explanation. There are many Americans today who will cut their own economic throats and vote against their own interests. The very poor, the very rich and the upper middle class rarely make this mistake. But a majority of white …

  • Bo Wagner
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I have often said that no one will ever convince me God does not exist, mainly because I have had so many unmistakable interactions with him. I have hungrily sought after his presence, and have not been disappointed.

  • Bo Wagner
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In retrospect, the Labrador puppy may not have been the wisest choice. Goldfish? Goldfish do not chew vital things to shreds. Nor to my knowledge do parakeets, gerbils, hamsters, or even tarantulas, though that last option is one I rank somewhere just below a deranged clown on my favorite th…

  • David Carroll
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A few years ago, I wrote my first book, "Chattanooga Radio and Television." More accurately, I put together a few hundred photos, then added some text and captions. Having no experience in getting a book published, I thought that once it came out, I would sit back and watch it fly off the sh…

  • By George B. Reed Jr.
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Here it is the day after the election and my candidate lost. I should be sad, maybe even frightened. But I’m more numbed from shock and lack of sleep than anything else. The election results were totally unexpected and made no sense whatsoever. Donald Trump has the least political experience…

  • By George B. Reed Jr.
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Our biggest problem after the election won’t be breaking in the new prez, but finding something to occupy all the newscasters, columnists and wannabe pundits as they go about selling cars, insurance and ED remedies. Donald Trump has been the biggest boon to the media since the Andrew Jackson…

  • George B. Reed Jr.
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Not since George W. Bush pushed for privatizing part of Social Security has there been serious discussion on the system’s general health and long-term viability. But this remains a legitimate concern that will not go away by our ignoring it.

  • Bo Wagner
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It had been a very long week. We had faced the funeral of a friend, many trips to the hospital to visit members who are sick and hurting, health scares with some of our precious youth and stress aplenty at every turn. We needed something to relieve the pressure.

  • Joe Phillips
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Gone! I loaded my pockets including a small flashlight and took off to see what was near the hotel. After dinner near “Radio City” I scanned the check and patted a rear pocket to find my wallet missing.

  • Bo Wagner
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There are many reasons why I despise racism. But one of those reasons is one that is likely not listed or thought of quickly by many people, and that is this: racism is utterly unintelligent and illogical. And anyone of any race is capable of demonstrating that illogical racist behavior.

  • Commentary by Misty Martin
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In the wake of another presidential debate during one of the most contentious and most controversial elections in U.S. history, America’s Greatest Pastime offered the world some hope thanks to Charlie Hustle. The Internet broke so speak on Friday with a clip of retired baseball greats Alex R…

  • Joe Phillips
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Who plays a mandolin these days? I’d laid my book aside to flip through television channels for something as passively interesting. Passing RFD-TV I reversed and landed on a bluegrass band I’d never heard of.

  • Bo Wagner
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As usual, it seems I am thinking a bit outside the box. I am quietly watching the Trump crude comments/hypocritical pseudo liberal outrage/comparison to Bill Clinton's abhorrent and predatory behavior through the years, and as I do my mind is turned completely away from politics and on to wh…

  • Bo Wagner
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John 15:13 says, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." But sometimes important Biblical concepts, like giving ourselves for others, are just that in our mind: concepts.

  • Bo Wagner
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Emotion and writing is such a volatile mixture; succumb fully to emotion, and writing becomes ranting; squelch all emotion, and writing becomes a barren desert devoid of life. But deadlines are what they are, and do not bend to give a writer time to balance himself. And thus it is, with a pr…

  • David Carroll
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I’ve watched about 4,000 sporting events on TV. I’ve heard all the sportscasters, and most of them are from a handful of families: the Bucks, the Carays, and the Alberts. Mostly, I’ve heard clichés: those well-rehearsed lines that fill time without really telling us anything.

  • Joe Phillips
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Too tight. I watched a well-dressed young man cross the street in front of me. He wore a dark gray jacket over a lighter gray shirt, no tie, shoes shined, dark trousers. He looked miserable. His stylish clothes looked tight but the jacket buttons weren’t pulling nor were the sleeves too short.

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