Commentary

Editor’s column: The insurrectionist’s dictionary

BY: - June 13, 2022

Those of you who were among the 20 million Americans to tune into Thursday night’s opening hearing of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol and those of you who plan to continue watching will likely become familiar with a number of terms.  And if you read newspapers […]

TIJUANA, MEXICO - MARCH 26: Children play in the makeshift shelter camps for Central American migrants while awaiting the US authorities to allow them to enter to begin their process of asylum into the country, on March 26, 2021 in Tijuana, Mexico. Following the change of direction in immigration policy, the United States government is once again allowing asylum seekers to cross the border. (Photo by Francisco Vega/Getty Images)

Stockard on the Stump: Lawmakers create ‘bureaucracy’ to oversee immigrant child care

BY: - June 10, 2022

Some Republican lawmakers went into shock last year when they heard a plane load of unaccompanied immigrant minors debarked in Chattanooga and left a group of children there. Rumors swirled that the federal government was dropping off immigrant kids across the state, creating fear they would take over the government and start running the state […]

(Photo taken Feb. 3, 2021 in Memphis, Tennessee, by Karen Pulfer Focht.)

Commentary: An angry grandmother speaks out

BY: - June 8, 2022

I am an angry grandmother If you want to read about polls, money spent and campaign contributions, then stop reading now. But if you need to share in my frustration and anger about the continued massacre of our children, read on. Our children have just been through a pandemic. Many of them have not been […]

State Rep. Torrey Harris and Sen. London Lamar, both Memphis Democrats, are part of a growing bench of candidates for higher office in West Tennessee. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Editor’s column: Go west, Democrats.

BY: - June 6, 2022

For more than a decade, Tennessee Democrats have lamented the lack of a “bench” — that is, elected officials at the city and county level who can develop into respectable candidates for U.S. Congress and governor, much as Triple A ball clubs prep talented players for the Show.  The lack of a political bench means […]

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Commentary: State of insanity

BY: - June 6, 2022

Middle Tennessee’s economic vitality is built in good measure on relocation: decisions by employers to move operations here. The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s relocation pitch paints a picture of a region “defined by a diverse economy, low costs of living and doing business, a creative culture and a well-educated population.” The state of Tennessee’s […]

Democratic House Caucus Chair Vincent Dixie says he will bring gun reform legislation before the General Assembly. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Stockard on the Stump: Democratic chairman to push for state handgun registry

BY: - June 3, 2022

Frustrated with the constant mass shootings across the nation, Rep. Vincent Dixie wants to do a little more than pray. He says he plans to sponsor a bill in 2023 requiring handgun buyers to register with the state, though he considers such a slight measure a “slap in the face.” The legislation would enact rules […]

UVALDE, TEXAS - MAY 24: Law enforcement officers speak together outside of Robb Elementary School following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas. According to reports, 19 students and 2 adults were killed, with the gunman fatally shot by law enforcement. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Commentary: Another week, another mass shooting in America

BY: - June 1, 2022

Here we are yet again. Another week and another horrible mass shooting in America, this time at a Texas elementary school. I have always been a worrier. And because of school shootings, I worry about my friends who are teachers. I worry about my nieces and nephews. I worry about my friends who have school […]

The sign outside the Southern Baptist Convention headquarters in Nashville. (Photo: Eric Glenn for Shutterstock)

Commentary: Southern Baptist Convention silences women

BY: - May 31, 2022

For the first 25 years of my life, I attended church religiously.  I was an active member of the youth group in a Southern Baptist church.  I enrolled in college at Union University—a conservative, Southern Baptist institution.  When I graduated, I became the youth minister at my home church, and eventually a deacon at the […]

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Editor’s column: Is this what our veterans died for?

BY: - May 30, 2022

Memorial Day usually makes me a bit nostalgic, as I think about not only the men in my family who risked their lives in combat to protect America’s freedoms but about all the families who didn’t get to witness their loved ones return home. I get a little emotional as I look at the American […]

Rutherford County mayoral candidate Joe Carr, at right, with Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. (Joe Carr Facebook page)

Stockard on the Stump: Rutherford voters face quandary with Carr vs. Allen mayoral race

BY: - May 27, 2022

After years of wandering in the political wilderness, perennial candidate Joe Carr has an election he can win: Rutherford County mayor. As the Republican primary victor, he is guaranteed to pick up the votes of every person who simply marks the “R” box. But a major question is whether he can draw the backing of […]