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GUEST EDITORIAL: A rival to U.S. leadership: BRICS nations to start alternative World Bank

In Fortaleza, Brazil, this month, the other shoe dropped in terms of the effect of U.S. decline on the international economic order as the BRICS nations — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — created The New Development Bank to rival the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, dominated by the United States and Western Europe for the past 70 years.

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Thursday 07/24/2014
COLUMN: If I were ki … city manager of Rome
Posted: July 24, 2014

It’s high time some changes were made around Rome. If by some unfortunate turn of events I was appointed city manager, there are already a few items on my to-do list that could turn this city around.

Wednesday 07/23/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: Putin can’t avoid responsibility for passenger jet atrocity
Posted: July 23, 2014

The shootdown of a passenger jet over Ukraine — with the loss of nearly 300 lives — is a human tragedy and a moral abomination.

GUEST EDITORIAL: If Putin doesn’t back down on Ukraine, world should impose more sanctions
Posted: July 23, 2014

It shouldn’t have taken the deaths of 298 airline passengers and crew to concentrate the world’s attention on the civil war in Ukraine and Russia’s role in fomenting armed resistance to the government there. President Barack Obama was right to insist that the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 should be a “wake-up call” about the importance of ending this conflict.

GUEST EDITORIAL: At a dangerous moment, make Putin choose
Posted: July 23, 2014

As we write, the world scrambles to solve the mystery of, and assign blame for, the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Tempers run high. So does speculation about culprits and motives.

Mike Lester Cartoon
Posted: July 23, 2014

Mike Lester, Washington Post Writers Group

Tuesday 07/22/2014
GUEST COLUMN: Old Jim the Fisherman
Posted: July 22, 2014

As you turn off South Broad Street onto Branham Avenue, there, across from the cemetery, were two houses. I had noticed that there was a trail between the houses that went down to the riverbank. The houses had people living in them.

Clay Bennett Cartoon
Posted: July 22, 2014

By Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

GUEST EDITORIAL: Future harm of ever-increasing debt
Posted: July 22, 2014

Suppose you have a child, or you have a grandchild, or you know and love somebody else’s child. Pour everything you have, every virtue you know, into that little pumpkin. Because if you do endear yourself as a pleasant memory, maybe little Jason or Jennifer won’t spend an entire adulthood shrilly condemning you for being one of those selfish thieves.

Monday 07/21/2014
GUEST COLUMN: Tiger Mountain Vineyards: A smorgasbord of hospitality in Rabun County
Posted: July 21, 2014

TIGER — Just seven tenths of a mile north of this town of 316 residents and no traffic light, you blissfully arrive at Tiger Mountain Vineyards.

GUEST EDITORIAL: What players’ brain damage will cost the NFL
Posted: July 21, 2014

Football fans need no reminding of the danger the game poses to the brains of players.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Foolish gun measures draw welcome opposition
Posted: July 21, 2014

The horrific murders of schoolchildren in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012 prompted the worst sort of response from some legislatures, particularly in Kansas and Missouri.

Sunday 07/20/2014
Clay Bennett Cartoon
Posted: July 20, 2014

By Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Friday 07/18/2014
Rick McKee's cartoon
Posted: July 18, 2014

GUEST EDITORIAL:The Roberts court turns further rightward in service of the few
Posted: July 18, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s polemic against the court’s conservative majority decision in the Wheaton College case is as much a cry of frustration as it is a dissent.

COLUMN: Contemplating cursive - Is this the end?
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 2:59 am

Everybody draws their line in the sand somewhere. It’s just human nature. For each of us, in many areas of life, there is that one action, argument or belief that goes too far.

Thursday 07/17/2014
COLUMN: Bringing home the bacon: Is pig the new black?
Posted: July 17, 2014

In the past week there have been two different pigs up for adoption at Floyd County Animal Control. Two honest-to-goodness potbellied pigs.

Clay Bennett Cartoon
Posted: July 17, 2014

By Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

GUEST EDITORIAL: Don’t make it harder for college students to vote
Posted: July 17, 2014

For years, teenagers could serve in the military yet could not vote. That changed with the passage of the 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18, allowing millions of young people to participate in the democratic process and shape their future.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Growing female inmate population a troubling trend
Posted: July 17, 2014

Americans, on the whole, are content to support a very large prison population. Although the number of incarcerated citizens is actually falling, one troubling trend more than offsets that superficially good news. There are more women in American prisons and jails than ever before.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Follies of youth - Young nonviolent offenders deserve a second chance
Posted: July 17, 2014

America’s experiment with harsh punishment for nonviolent offenders has proved to be self-defeating. Rather than lessening crime, these policies promote recidivism when nonviolent offenders are unable to find employment, fall into poverty and return to crime.

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