Commentary

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Commentary: Pandemic brings mental health toll, PTSD

BY: - May 8, 2020

There’s a statistic that mental health advocates frequently use when discussing the prevalence of mental illness: At least one in five individuals will experience a mental health challenge in any given year. That challenge could range from situational anxiety and depression to more debilitating conditions such as schizophrenia. Despite the large segment of the population […]

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Opinion: Peg Leg Porker owner needs to simmer down

BY: - May 7, 2020

Let’s get the obvious points out of the way first: The timing of Mayor John Cooper’s proposed 32% property tax increase is terrible. We’re at the start of a nationwide economic collapse caused by a once-in-a-century global pandemic, and parts of Nashville are still in tatters from March’s devastating tornadoes. A tax hike, even if […]

Welcome to the Tennessee Lookout

BY: - May 6, 2020

Hello, Tennessee. In a quote often misattributed to German statesman Otto von Bismarck, the American poet and politician John Godfrey Saxe said in 1869, “Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made.” That’s a fancy way of saying if we understand the way government works, we might […]

Michele Johnson, Executive Director of the Tennessee Justice Center

In the unforgiving light of the pandemic

BY: - May 6, 2020

As an implacable force of nature that is utterly immune to political spin and ideological cant, the coronavirus is shining a harsh light on Tennessee. The pandemic highlights our collective vulnerabilities and, especially, the folly of a politics guided by ideology rather than facts. With the stern authority of reality and the deadly seriousness of […]