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Opinion

Federal R&D funding needs expansion, not cuts

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Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion. People who believe in public belt-tightening applaud drops like that. I understand why: there are many reasons to reduce government spending. But in this case they’re wrong. We need to boost the […]

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Program helps Tennesseans protect trees

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Tennessee is one of America’s greenest states — literally. It is still more than 50 percent forested. In fact, much of the majestic beauty that defines Tennessee comes from its trees. Our trees provide habitats for animals, nesting for birds and shading for our homes. They are also under attack. Tennessee’s beautiful trees are appetizing […]

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Love of literature, poetry comforts and relaxes

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It is a Sunday afternoon. I am sitting at my desk with a blank sheet of paper in front of me. And, yes, I have been thinking of a weekly column. Sometimes the thought of subject matter surrounds me in an almost consuming feeling. I would wager that most people have many thoughts swimming around […]

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Bitter winter keeps digging in its heels

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Al Gore has to hate winters like the one we just had. I say “had,” but I might be just a tad premature. I just looked at the seven-day forecast and we will be back into the 30s a couple of days next week. Really? Are we really going to be dragging the coats back […]

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Grandfather ‘walked on water’

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With more than 44 years on the job, which kept me in an automobile much of the time, I have spent a lot of time on our Tennessee roads, and when that sort of time involves interstate driving, you find yourself quite often looking at the double doors of the rear end of an 18-wheeler. […]

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Purple hues of henbit overflow this spring

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As I have been driving the back roads of Tennessee the last few days, I have noticed an interesting purple hue forming across the landscape of our state’s countryside. A purple flower that has taken over fields, yards and spaces that once contained vegetation of some type in months past is forming this amazing early […]

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Wind gives small towns a boost

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The wind energy industry has been a big boost to communities across the country, providing a new income source to farmers and ranchers that host projects, reinvigorating small communities by providing new economic opportunities and funding for fire and police departments, schools, infrastructure, and other public services. State renewable energy standards and the national Production […]

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Politicians can say the stupidest things

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“If you take out the killings, Washington has a very low crime rate.” — Marion Barry, Mayor of Washington, D.C. “I always wait until a jury has spoken before I anticipate what they will do.” — U. S. Attorney General Janet Reno “Reader, suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of […]

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House erred in delaying Common Core

By the Citizen Tribune Special to The Express MORRISTOWN, Tenn. — It appears a vast majority of Tennessee’s House of Representatives need to go back to school. Or at the least, maybe we could send a contingent of local students to Nashville to provide our “leaders” with the definition of irony. As part of the […]

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Just how busy did Noah have to be?

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Anyone who has any familiarity with my weekly columns during the past almost 25 years is aware that I don’t profess to be an authority on the Christian Bible — familiar, yes, authority, no. I have enjoyed reading Bishop John Shelby Spong’s “Why Christianity Must Change or Die.” Karen L. King, professor of New Testament […]

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