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GUEST COLUMN: The singing ghost down by the riverbank

I know that I have written quite a group of stories about ghosts. I am asked by a lot of people, “do you believe in ghosts?” I answer, “there are a lot of strange things that happen in this old world — some you can explain; some you cannot.”

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Tuesday 09/16/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: Meat safety at risk from new rules, staffing shortages
Posted: September 16, 2014

The risks of living in today’s United States should not extend to eating meat purchased in supermarkets.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Speech shows resolve, commitment
Posted: September 16, 2014

The most encouraging aspect of President Barack Obama’s address about his plan to combat the Islamic State is that he avoided the trap of sounding uncertain and equivocal, as he has often done when obliged to assume the role of commander in chief.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Government leads way to the ‘poor door’
Posted: September 16, 2014

New housing developments in New York City, West Hollywood, Calif., and elsewhere have drawn scorn for offering separate amenities — and even separate entrances, dubbed “poor doors” — for low-income and not-so-low-income tenants. While, at first blush, this might smack of unfairness, there actually are sound reasons why developers would incorporate such features. And perhaps it is no surprise that the practice is an unintended consequence of government intervention in housing markets.

Monday 09/15/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: U.S. should not be a silent partner to Israeli settlement expansion
Posted: September 15, 2014

The Israeli government’s recent announcement that it plans to seize almost 1,000 acres near Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank for the purpose of building yet another massive Jewish settlement should be the straw that breaks the camel’s back in Washington.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Ray Rice assault may finally be the catalyst to address domestic abuse
Posted: September 15, 2014

It’s ironic that the uproar over Ray Rice’s brutal beating of his now-wife and the NFL’s shamefully lenient response is occurring exactly 20 years after Congress enacted the Violence Against Women Act. The legislation was designed in part to bring public recognition and more government resources to the problem of domestic violence.

Rick McKee Cartoon
Posted: September 15, 2014

Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle

Sunday 09/14/2014
GUEST COLUMN: Stuck in Middle East, defending imaginary lines in the sand
Posted: September 14, 2014

The rise of the Islamic State in the Middle East is, to be certain, shocking to Western sensibilities and seems so sudden that it requires an equally swift and shocking response. In Washington, Congress has clamored for and President Barack Obama seems to be promising just that.

COLUMN: The Possum Talker
Posted: September 14, 2014

The other night I saw where a friend of mine had posted on Facebook. Bryant Steele (a great American) is a talented writer and is not prone to drift far from the truth. I don’t think he imbibes too much of the local squeezins, and seemed to be typing plumb sober when he made the post.

Clay Bennett Cartoon
Posted: September 14, 2014

By Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

GUEST EDITORIAL: As Ebola kills, a budget-strapped WHO comes up short
Posted: September 14, 2014

The United Nations warns that the intensive global medical effort needed to contain the Ebola virus sweeping through parts of West Africa could cost as much as $600 million. Ebola has killed 1,900 people so far — about half of those who have become infected — and has recently crossed from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone into two more nations. U.N. officials estimate that 20,000 people could die in the next six months, and that the situation could worsen after that without a prompt and generous international response of money, equipment and skilled personnel.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Job growth still millions short
Posted: September 14, 2014

The Labor Department released Tuesday its latest monthly report on job openings and labor turnover, which is know by the acronym JOLTS.

Friday 09/12/2014
COLUMN: Rice is a jerk, but don’t ban him forever
Posted: September 12, 2014

I am a man who has never hit his wife, and I am a longtime Atlanta Falcons fan. I understand neither of those facts will push me over the hump toward eventual sainthood.

GUEST COLUMN: Women in mathematics - Things are better, but still far from good
Posted: September 12, 2014

Last month, Maryam Mir zakhani became the first woman in history to win a Fields Medal — “math’s Nobel Prize.” This is a cause for celebration, but also for reflection.

Clay Bennett Cartoon
Posted: September 12, 2014

By Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

GUEST EDITORIAL: Air passengers, airlines need to clean up their act
Posted: September 12, 2014

In just over a week, three U.S. flights made unscheduled landings due to passenger conflicts, all of them involving reclining seatbacks, and objections on the part of the already cramped reclinees behind them.

GUEST COLUMN: Mr. Washington goes to Wall Street
Posted: September 12, 2014

For people wondering how close the relationship is between Washington and Wall Street, look no further than former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s new job.

Thursday 09/11/2014
COLUMN: Friendly steak competition a recipe for disaster
Posted: September 11, 2014

Some of my best buddies are the goofiest three guys you’ll ever meet. But they are good as gold. Here’s an example of what I have to deal with on a day-to-day basis.

Mike Lester Cartoon
Posted: September 11, 2014

By Mike Lester, Washington Post Writers Group

GUEST EDITORIAL: Struggle against totalitarianism goes on
Posted: September 11, 2014

As we mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, alarming gains by the terrorist group known as the Islamic State, along with continued threats from al-Qaida and others, make it clear that the danger of terrorist mass murder is by no means a thing of the past.

Wednesday 09/10/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: How corporate share buybacks cheat America
Posted: September 10, 2014

Here’s a depressing statistic: Last year, U.S. companies spent a whopping $598 billion — not to develop new technologies, open new markets or to hire new workers but to buy up their own shares. 

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