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Columns

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Drain the swamp! Rid it of that blonde creature!

    According to Tuesday’s News Sentinel’s front page, “U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn believes a law that critics say provided less scrutiny of drug companies and distributors had unintended consequences and should be “addressed immediately,” a spokesman said Monday.”

  • GOING with the FLO: Wake up, America! Forces want to destroy us

    President Obama’s administration has left us vulnerable to the enemies of America.

    The Muslim Brotherhood has established a united, anti-American global Islamic front, expanding its outposts and influencing America.

    There is an unholy alliance between the leftists and the Islamists. The Obama administration coddled, funded and praised Islamic regimes abroad.

  • GOING with the FLO: Wake up, America! Forces want to destroy us

    President Obama’s administration has left us vulnerable to the enemies of America.

    The Muslim Brotherhood has established a united, anti-American global Islamic front, expanding its outposts and influencing America.

    There is an unholy alliance between the leftists and the Islamists. The Obama administration coddled, funded and praised Islamic regimes abroad.

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: Speaking your mind, when free speech has consequences

    By Gene Policinski

    Some people like Donald Trump, and say nice things about him.

    Some people don’t like Donald Trump, and some say things about Donald Trump that are unkind, hurtful and downright insulting. Some people say those things on social media.

    And sometimes people who like Donald Trump respond to those comments.

  • GOING with the FLO: Star-spangled banner yet waves for treasured U.S.

    By FLO CHARLES

    “The struggle now going on for the world will never be decided by bombs or rockets, by armies or military might. The real crisis we face today is a spiritual one; at root, it is a test of moral will and faith.” (Ronald Reagan, 1983)

    Character is a distinctive mark or stamp. Character includes those habits and personality traits distinguishing our individuality. Our moral values and our deepest beliefs about who we are as a people are intimately related to our character.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Cutting Corporate taxes creates jobs? How???

    Recently, we have been reading the letters of that First Century Roman correspondent, Pliny the Younger, with considerable pleasure. Pliny was nephew of Pliny the Elder, a statesman of great note who died in the eruption that destroyed Pompeii and Herculanium.

    His father’s family were the Caecilii and his mother the Plinii. By the Elder Pliny’s will, the Younger was adopted and was henceforth known as Gaius Plinius, hence anglicized into Pliny.

  • FROM the ALLIANCE: Become a tnAchieves mentor

    By WADE Creswell

    Last week, the Tennessee Board of Regents, the state agency responsible for Tennessee’s community and technical colleges, released the long-awaited report that showed the state’s return on investment for Gov. Haslam’s Tennessee Promise program that offers tuition free college education to all new high school graduates.

    While progress could be seen incrementally and through countless individual stories, a thorough analysis of the results had been widely anticipated.

  • GOING with the FLO: When Wright is wrong, and Jeremiah is Denton

    By FLO CHARLES

    Correction! The name of the POW that blinked “TORTURE” was Jeremiah Denton, not Jeremiah Wright, who was Obama’s pastor for over 20 years, spewing out anti-American rhetoric and ranting, “g--d---- America.”

  • GLIMPSES: U.S.-Russia rivalry long standing

    By MARK BANKER

    Whatever one thinks about the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, future observers will surely find the matter puzzling.

    As a child of the Cold War, I came of age thinking that Russia was a monstrous nation and our most heinous foe.

    We should be mindful of the long historical background of this latest round of animosities. U.S.-Russian distrust validates William Faulkner’s assertion that “the past is never dead; it’s not even past.”

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Break the silence on suppressors

    Last year I wrote about why I thought the Tennessee General Assembly should pass a bill called “constitutional carry” that would have legalized carry of a firearm without a license.

    It’s not because I think everybody should be carrying a gun.