Thursday, January 13, 2022
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Seemingly all the ills of society have been laid at the feet of public education. Until we start recognizing education as part of the solution it will continue to be treated as a problem.

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Have you ever noticed that when famous people issue statements, or answer difficult interview questions, that they often say the same things? It’s almost as if they share a rulebook, filled with excuses. And it’s not just famous people. Even in our everyday lives, people don’t say what they …

Thursday, January 06, 2022
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We know out-of-control behavior by some students is driving teachers out of the profession. The Tennessee General Assembly passed legislation, the Teacher’s Discipline Act, which Professional Educators of Tennessee championed to help address this long-standing issue. The law took effect Jan.…

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As a former Sumner County Assistant District Attorney, I prosecuted more cases than I care to count in which victims — often terribly traumatized by the events of a crime — suffered heartbreaking anguish after finding out Tennessee’s justice system is not what they thought it was.

Thursday, December 30, 2021
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It’s that time of year again where we begin wrapping up and reflecting on our biggest accomplishments of the year. In those moments of reflection, some of us may tend to find flaws in ourselves and begin to create lofty goals that are difficult to reach in the New Year. While the New Year is…

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2022 will be over almost quicker than you can say Happy New Year! Just look how fast 2021 sped by us all. Time rarely feels as if it’s standing still unless we are waiting on something to happen. Time only drags when we need something to happen like a cure for a disease, a job to open or a r…

Thursday, December 23, 2021
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The proclamation of the prophet stirred the hearts of the faithful believers of Israel. In the ninth chapter of Isaiah in the Bible, verse six, the prophecy is declared: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be…

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When families come together for Christmas, talk will inevitably drift toward the question of what the Biden administration has in store for us in the new year. If I could give our president one gift, I would allow him to listen in on those candid conversations. After all, the only way you ca…

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We are unfortunately informed once again of another horrific, senseless school shooting. They don’t stop. When will the next one be? Who will be the next shooter and who will be the next unsuspecting victims?

Thursday, December 16, 2021
Thursday, December 09, 2021
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The western sky was dark and menacing as the winter storm intensified across the Welsh Hills. Heavy snow was falling, accompanied by high winds and bitter cold. As an 8-year-old, I had never witnessed a blizzard. I stood enthralled as I looked out the window of our family’s living room.

Thursday, December 02, 2021
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When my sons were teenagers, my wife worked an early morning shift for a period of time, so I was responsible for getting them ready for school. This included breakfast duty, so I prepared a nutritious daily feast of Graham crackers, covered with peanut butter and chocolate chips. (That’s me…

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For nearly two years, we’ve been told that we need to put celebrations on hold. Families have stayed at arm’s length, missing out on traditions and cherished time with friends. But this year, it’s President Biden’s economy, and not the pandemic, putting a damper on Thanksgiving dinner.

Thursday, November 25, 2021
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School boards face many challenges. Most school board members are men and women of high character, unappreciated for undertaking a difficult, but essential duty. Being a school board member is frequently made harder by a few school board members in the state, and actions taken in other state…

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The month-long showdown over taxes is finally nearing its end as the majority of Congressional Democrats face off against a small group of their moderate colleagues in a fight over the future of the party and the country. While most Democrats are advocating for popular policies like prescrip…

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Part of my job as a legislator is to serve as a resource for the people I represent. Each day, I hear from citizens in the 40th House District who are facing a distressing choice: either comply with President Joe Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandates or lose their livelihoods.

Thursday, November 18, 2021
Thursday, November 11, 2021
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Imagine it’s Thanksgiving and you’re scheduled to fly home to celebrate the holiday with your family, but at the last minute, your flight is canceled. You try to get through to customer service to see if there’s another flight, but the recorded voice comes online to advise there will be “a f…

Thursday, November 04, 2021
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The annual cost to be a member in good standing is $180, or $50 per quarter. In addition, each member is strongly encouraged to make a $125 annual donation to the Rotary International Fund and $40 to the End Polio Fund, for a total one-time annual payment of $345.

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Tennessee, like most states, has wrestled with how to fund public education, especially in a quickly shifting education landscape. The Tennessee Constitution recognizes “the inherent value of education,” and the General Assembly is required to provide for “the maintenance, support, and eligi…

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America needs attention to our infrastructure. It’s pathetic that our Congress and President are having so much trouble putting something together they can agree on. We managed to spend the equivalent of a trillion dollars in today’s currency on the Vietnam War. What did we get for a trillio…

Thursday, October 28, 2021
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Tucked away in the Old Testament genealogies of the Jewish people is a man whose life is recorded in two verses. His name was Jabez and his entire life story is recorded in 1 Chronicles, Chapter Four, Verses 9-10. While a mere two verses in the entire Bible is not usually that significant, J…

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Every day I hear from law enforcement officers, first responders, airline personnel, healthcare professionals, and retail workers in the Volunteer State who are facing an impossible choice: either comply with the Biden administration’s sweeping vaccine mandate or lose their livelihood.

Thursday, October 21, 2021
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For the last nine months, President Joe Biden and the Democrats in charge of Congress have conducted a symphony of incompetence. It includes a border collapse, an inflation-fueling spending spree, a resuscitated pandemic, a rising crime wave, a near-lapse in government funding and an all-out…

Thursday, October 14, 2021
Thursday, October 07, 2021
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The walk along the well-worn path in the woods awakens your senses, as the sounds of nature communicate their indistinguishable language. As the sun begins to rise, the nocturnal creatures make their final nighttime jaunt through the brush before they settle down with the break of morning.

Thursday, September 30, 2021
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Fall foliage radiates across the rolling hills of the countryside. The flatbed trailer is loaded with bales of hay, strategically stacked and arranged for riders of all ages. The evening is graced with a harvest moon, and a cool gentle breeze. A bonfire has been set ablaze for the wiener roa…

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Last week Democrats released the details of their upcoming budget reconciliation deal, but thanks to the work of a group of Democrats in the House and Senate, the revised $1.5 trillion dollar plan falls far short of the ambitious plans set by President Biden and ultimately fails to address t…

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President Biden hasn’t hesitated in boasting about the supposedly “historic middle-class tax cut” making its way through the halls of Congress. But, his speeches delivered behind teleprompters hide the inconvenient reality of the “historic” agenda.

Thursday, September 23, 2021