Commentary

A Pride parade on iconic Beale Street June 4 in Memphis, Tennessee. Gay people and the people who love them came out to celebrate Pride month. (© Photo by Karen Pulfer Focht/Tennessee Lookout)

Madison County “culture war” is a fight worth having

BY: - June 21, 2022

Since the beginning of time, relationships between humans have existed in many other forms and fashions other than monogamous, heterosexual affiliations.  Until recently, however, those relationships were not equally recognized from a legal perspective or carried the same weight of acceptance from a broad portion of society.  The strides that have been made over the […]

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., speaking Friday at the Faith and Freedom "Road to Majority" event in Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Editor’s column: Sen. Rick Scott is Trump 2.0

BY: - June 20, 2022

If you think former President Donald Trump was bad for America, let me tell you about Rick Scott.  Scott is the first term U.S. senator from Florida and former two-term governor. He was in Nashville Friday to speak at the Faith and Freedom “Road to Majority” event that also featured Trump as its keynote speaker […]

Tennessee State Capitol. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Stockard on the Stump: Tennessee Supreme Court to hear out-of-state voting restoration appeal

BY: - June 17, 2022

Virginia’s governor granted clemency to Ernest Falls in 2020 on a 1986 felony conviction and restored his citizenship, paving the way for him to regain his constitutional rights. But when Falls tried to register to vote in Tennessee, he hit a wall. Tennessee Elections Administrator Mark Goins changed his stance and determined that Falls and […]

UVALDE, TX - MAY 24: Members of the community gather at the City of Uvalde Town Square for a prayer vigil in the wake of a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas. According to reports, 19 students and 2 adults were killed before the gunman was fatally shot by law enforcement. (Photo by Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images)

Commentary: Violence is as American as apple pie

BY: - June 16, 2022

In the wake of the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Texas,  someone desperately asked: “Why is this happening?” I was shocked by the question because to me, as a theologian, the answer is painfully obvious. American history, culture and social norms are built upon the foundational equation: Violence equals power.  Although […]

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 […]