Thursday, October 15, 2020
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As many people head to the polls to cast their vote in the 2020 presidential election, there is another important decision millions of Americans will make: choosing their health care coverage for 2021.

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In my attempt at a humor column loosely related to the first presidential debate, I learned a lesson. I angered two groups of people: those who thought I should have blamed Trump, and those who thought I should have blamed Biden.

Thursday, October 08, 2020
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Transitions in life are a part of our journey. One certainty in life is that nothing stays the same. Things change! For the sake of nostalgia and sentimentality, it would be wonderful if we could stay in the good old days of our youth or in the era of our grandparents. Ah yes, to live in a t…

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Many Democrats are getting nervous about the upcoming presidential election. Ominous, extensively reported articles by two of the best in the business — the New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin and The Atlantic’s Barton Gellman — outline Boss Trump’s plot to keep control of the White House in 2021 no…

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Americans have been through a lot this year. They’re worried about their health, the economy and whether they can provide for their families. Congress can take one of these worries off of their plate by eliminating the risk that they’ll receive a surprise medical bill.

Thursday, October 01, 2020
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The Psalms of David have provided sustaining consolation and encouragement to readers throughout the centuries. The beloved songs of Zion reveal the heart of God to the weary sojourner in contrast to the Proverbs of Solomon, in which the wisdom of God is revealed. The Psalms of David are a b…

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In what was likely my final hearing as Chairman of the Senate health committee, we learned from Trump Administration officials how the federal government is continuing to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Former Raiders owner Al Davis of the National Football League had a motto: “Just win, baby.” As a former coach, it pains me to say this: “Winning is not everything.” It certainly isn’t the only thing. Sports build character, discipline, and how to work in a group. Success is built on a multi…

Thursday, September 24, 2020
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The pressures of life can generate many problems. Physically, pressure can cause hypertension, ulcers, headaches and numerous other critical, life-threatening health issues. Emotionally, pressure can produce stress, depression, insomnia, potential drug and alcohol dependency and suicidal tho…

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In my job as an education reporter, I frequently hear from parents and teachers complaining about overcrowded classrooms. These days, that usually means 25 or more students at a time. I don’t argue the point. The smaller the class size, the better, in every way.

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Attorney General William Barr gave a remarkable speech last Wednesday at Hillsdale College, on executive power in the area of criminal justice. Although Barr is serving his second tour as attorney general, his discussion of politics and the Justice Department leads to an inescapable conclusi…

Thursday, September 17, 2020
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There is no safer place to be, than in the center of God’s will. For the child of God there is comfort in knowing that they are in His grip, safe and secure at all times, especially in times of trouble. The journey of life is perilous and difficult. It is not a journey that we should want to…

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This back-to-school season certainly is off to a different beginning than in years past. As Tennessee teachers kick off the year with a mix of in-person and remote instruction, parents are facing a host of new challenges while shepherding their children through a combination of in-class and …

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Fall season officially begins September 22 this year. For every season there is a change. Most of us like the seasons especially if we can have four of them.

Thursday, September 10, 2020
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Christians are encouraged with promises found in the Holy Bible. Those precious promises are the fuel necessary to keep moving us forward, for His glory, and to fulfill His purposes for our lives. Our hand in His hand, all the days of our lives. What an exciting expedition we take together!

Thursday, September 03, 2020
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We live in a nation of plenty. With a heart of gratitude, we count our blessings for the tremendous goodness Almighty God has rendered upon our land.

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Radio host Brian Wilson (SuperTalk 99.7 WTN) broke the news that members of the Tennessee General Assembly could consider a “No Confidence” letter to Governor Lee in regards to Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn. Wilson said on his Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, show, “the long knives are out.” Th…

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2020 has been the Edsel of years. For those who are too young to understand that ancient reference, it has been the New Coke of years. Am I still going back too far? Okay, it’s been the Google Glass of years. There, I’ve covered every generation who may read this column. For all of us, the c…

Thursday, August 27, 2020
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September is a special month for me. I was born on Labor Day, the first day of September, many years ago. Needless to say, it was literally “labor day” for my mother! Back then, school always started after the holiday. While I enjoyed my birthday as any kid would, the dread of starting schoo…

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I posed a question on social media. “What do you miss most about your life BC (Before COVID)?” I have read about a thousand replies, and I have learned so much. Your answers made me laugh, and they made me cry.

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Recently, my colleagues and I returned to Nashville for an extraordinary session of the 111th Tennessee General Assembly — the 61st special session in the history of this great state. One of the issues we worked to address was to clarify standards for holding a person or entity liable for lo…

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There’s an old saying that goes, “You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl.” Well, if the past six months are any indication, the same rule applies to conservatives who head to Washington and immediately come under fire for acting like conservatives.

Thursday, August 20, 2020
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The popularity of Jesus was increasing as He traveled from city to city. The citizens were captivated by His miracles as He healed diseases and raised the dead. Numerous Jewish people came to believe that this was indeed the promised Messiah of the Old Testament prophets. He had come into th…

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I doubt that Middle Tennessee collectively has ever experienced a range of emotions like those we’ve encountered in recent months. As a local organization that’s very closely connected to those we serve, our bank hasn’t been through anything like it, at least in my time here. But even more i…

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Imagine this scenario: You’ve worked at a job you have had for a few years. You like your work. You get along so well with your coworkers that you feel comfortable enough to discuss your pay with them.

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Some of America’s problems can be fixed. Voting in the November election should not be a problem for Americans. Open the polls for at least two days. Every state should open their polls from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. Some states already have later evening hours like Californians who may vote until…

Thursday, August 13, 2020
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In his first letter to the church of Corinth, the Apostle Paul gives a closing exhortation to the spiritual leadership. He tells them to, “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13 KJV).

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Faced with a massive revenue shortfall and a second Senate relief package nowhere in sight, localities are expected to continue cutting jobs and vital services in a desperate attempt to balance their budgets. Local governments across the country have already cut upwards of 1.5 million jobs, …

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In case you missed it, Donald Trump’s new target is one of America’s oldest and most necessary institutions — the U.S. Postal Service.

Thursday, August 06, 2020
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Yay or Nay? Practically every decision on the House floor is binary: you’re either for it all or against it all. In late July, the House considered the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the bill that directs policy and spending plans for the Defense Department.

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As a Christian leader, I often reflect on the spiritual climate of our nation and specifically, the spiritual wellness and the depth of faith of today’s Christians. I recognize that this generation has innumerable opportunities that Christians historically have not had. There is a litany of …

Thursday, July 30, 2020
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As I was watching the news the other evening, I was unnerved by the behavior of many fellow citizens across this great land. The lawlessness, hatred and violence was disconcerting. We are witnessing the worst possible crimes being committed within our boarders upon one another. We have taken…

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COVID-19 provides a stark reminder that affordable housing is a public health issue as well as a moral imperative. When households cannot afford their rent, they cannot afford to shelter in place or self-isolate, which puts them and everyone else at greater risk.

Thursday, July 23, 2020
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Regret in life can be overwhelming. There are a multitude of scarred people who struggle daily with their past and the recollection of failures, sins and/or missed opportunities. The root of bitterness settles deeply within the soul and poisons the spirit. The ball and chain of life’s conseq…

Thursday, July 16, 2020
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We are living in a time of unprecedented circumstances. Sadly, this is not Norman Rockwell's America! The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked our world with a virus that has taken thousands of lives, slowed commerce, shut down businesses, delayed school assemblies, prevented athletic competition an…

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As COVID-19 infections surge across the US while falling almost everywhere else in the world, our lawmakers seem intent on acting like this pandemic is simply over. Right now, congressional Republicans are plowing ahead with plans to let the additional $600-dollar boost to state unemployment…