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Opinion

Broadband and the Internet: Better access, not bigger government

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Last fall, I convened the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) to study and recommend the best ways to increase reliable access to the internet and the broadband necessary to provide it for all Tennesseans. The goal is to determine the availability and adoption of high-speed Internet access from all technologies to residences and […]

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‘Tolerance’ insults people but ‘acceptance’ welcomes them

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I was working with a leadership development group on the topic of conflict (one of my favorites). Rarely do I use another person’s slides, but that’s how this one worked out. I put up a slide—which I’d missed seeing somehow—that suggested we “develop a tolerance for others’ beliefs and norms.” My first thought was “How […]

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Shelby County pauses land transfers to churches

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has persuaded Shelby County to stop giving away land to churches. The Shelby County Board of Commissioners had repeatedly transferred land to churches for nominal sums under a Tennessee provision that permitted this for nonprofits. For example, the county conveyed eight parcels of land to Memphis’ Kingdom Fellowship Baptist […]

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Women are still significantly underrepresented in Congress

Even as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attempts to shatter what she has called “the highest, hardest glass ceiling,” women in the U.S. remain significantly underrepresented at all levels of elected office. Although women account for half of the population, only one in five members of Congress is female. See details at members-of-congress.insidegov.com. Also see […]

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UT Office of Diversity snags infamous Pork of the Year Award

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In the organization’s 11th annual Tennessee Pork Report, the Beacon Center revealed that state and local government officials squandered $480 million of taxpayers’ hard-earned money this past year. The report highlights a multitude of examples that show the mismanagement of taxpayer funds in Tennessee. For the second consecutive year, the Beacon Center allowed the people […]

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White House rebuffs petition critical of ‘Black Lives Matter’

A petition to the White House to formally recognize Black Lives Matter as a terrorist organization gained 141,444 signatures, well over the 100,000 minimum required for a White House response from the “We The People” team. The petition argued that terrorism is defined as “the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims” […]

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Opioids legislation is landmark victory for Tennessee

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Each year, more than 1,000 Tennesseans die from opioid abuse or overdose — this epidemic takes more Tennessee lives than car accidents or gunshots do. Last week, the Senate sent the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) to the president’s desk to be signed into law. As the chairman of the Senate Health Education […]

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Memphis org supports having hard conversations in violent times

Editor’s note: The following July 8 statement was provided by Bridge Builders, a Memphis-based organization helping diverse young people become committed to community transformation. See more information at bridgesusa.org. This statement was lightly edited to change present-tense verbs to past tense as some events have passed since the original statement was written. We at Bridges […]

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Legislative and court updates for July 21, 2016

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Recognizing civil rights sites will preserve heritage WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) has praised committee approval of legislation that would create a national network of sites that were central to the Civil Rghts Movement. “Memphis plays a crucial role in the civil rights movement, and the Mason Temple, the Church of God […]

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Raleigh’s cool, clear water drew visitors

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Editor’s note: This series will run weekly throughout 2016 to highlight Bartlett’s history in honor of its 150th anniversary this year. This is the second section of a two-part article looking at the roots of Raleigh, Tenn.; see the first section of the two-part article here. One of the major reasons the first settlers decided […]

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