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Aug. 19, 2014 @ 09:47 AM

CAMPBELL: We can simplify our elections

The special election in November to fill a Court of Appeals judgeship illustrates how complicated, costly and difficult we’ve made elections and how we might simplify voting.

Aug. 19, 2014 @ 09:22 AM

CLARK: The line that didn’t work

When you draw a line in the sand, the intent is you are standing firm for what you believe or for your principles.

Aug. 19, 2014 @ 07:53 AM

MCKOOL: The truth about eating real food

Years ago, before I came to know the truth about health and the foods we eat, I thought organic foods were just for the elite.

Aug. 17, 2014 @ 12:57 PM

GORDON: My sisters have turned 60 — the girls with the $5 names

Nine days short of my second birthday and four months short of my sister’s fourth birthday, my parents went to Rutherford Hospital to have another baby.

Aug. 17, 2014 @ 09:26 AM

JANARD: Who's who in Rutherford County animal rescue?

If you want to join efforts to help our county's many animals in need, we've got some solid people and organizations making great strides here. And they'd love to have you on board (so would the animals!)

Aug. 15, 2014 @ 10:20 AM

JONES: Justice has a thousand arms

The way some senior citizens are treated has always been a burden on my heart. It has occurred to me that we may one day be treated the same way we treat them. 

Aug. 15, 2014 @ 07:57 AM

The road to nice teeth

I have beautiful teeth. And it was a long and rough road to get these teeth. 


Aug. 14, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

HOOD: Pay reform meets student needs

Critics of the Republican-led General Assembly allege that the teacher-pay raise included in this year’s state budget could have been implemented in a much simpler fashion: by giving across-the-board hikes to all rather than giving large raises to early-career teachers and relatively small raises to some experienced ones.

Aug. 14, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

'Where development has no disability'

It has now been just a little more than a year since I began volunteering as a member of the Forest City Kiwanis Club, a service organization dedicated to improving the world, one child at a time.

Aug. 13, 2014 @ 11:10 AM

STANFORD: Testing a lousy way to hold schools accountable

The problem with a lie—even one that everyone agrees with—is that eventually you can't ignore the truth. Enron can't paper over debt and crashes. The housing bubble pops. Now, as the rush towards using standardized test scores to evaluate teachers turns into a retreat, it might be time to face that standardized tests are a lousy way to hold schools accountable.