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Keep it kind: Your attitude can life someone else up

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Over a 12-year span at UCLA, American college basketball coach John Wooden won 10 National Championships. Wooden is regarded as one of the most successful coaches in sports history, and, more important, an even greater person. He was a man of integrity and character and was highly respected on and off the court. He believed […]

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Here’s why NFL players don’t get to plead ‘free speech’

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In 14 NFL games that took place on Sunday, dozens of players locked arms and “took the knee” during the National Anthem, which they explain as a silent protest against police brutality directed towards black Americans. Meanwhile President Trump urged NFL owners to fire any players who take the knee, and for audience members to […]

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Diligence requires less talk and more action

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Alexander Graham Bell believed that sound could be converted into electrical impulses transmitted by wire, and today no one remembers the long list of those who thought this idea of communicating was crazy. He had a relentless passion which kept his vision alive, and his legacy is still greatly respected all over the world. If […]

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OPINION: Org alleges poll questions are biased against charter schools

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Jeanne Allen, the founder and CEO of the Center for Education Reform, has issued the following statements: Reports by news outlets today (Aug. 15), including Politico and the Associated Press, about the latest Education Next poll have it wrong. The poll does not show a drop in public support for charter schools; it shows a […]

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OPINION: Take steps to fulfill goals on your life’s ‘bucket list’

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I don’t know when I first heard about a bucket list. I’ve always loved the idea that there are a number of things that we all want to do with our lives before we kick the proverbial bucket and die. But reducing them to writing is rare. Rarer still is actually figuring out the action […]

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OPINION: TN Democratic Party and coalition condemn hateful racist ideologies

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On Aug. 17, the Tennessee Democratic Party, the NAACP, the Service Employees International Union Local 205 and the Tennessee College Democrats held a press conference to denounce the hateful ideologies that led to tragedy in Charlottesville. They also called on the leaders of the Republican Party in Tennessee to condemn President Trump for […]

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Worry arises about ‘end times’: Be aware without fearing

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Lately, people have been asking me about the solar eclipse and now the situation with North Korea. It seems whenever strange or crisis events are predicted, people become nervous. Of course, it’s only natural to wonder what is going to happen and I am reminded of the famous Y2K scare that was a huge topic […]

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‘Living on Purpose’: Are we spectators or participators in helping?

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We do not have to look very far to find someone who needs a miracle. There are lots of people who are suffering some type of crisis with everything from health problems, their children, and grieving over a loss, to finances, marriage issues and addictions. When we see and hear about difficulties, we become sympathetic, […]

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Civil and human rights org decries Trump’s attacks on LGBTQ rights

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement on July 26 after President Donald Trump announced his decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military “in any capacity.” “President Trump stated on the campaign trail that he would be an […]

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TN mayor doubles down on alleged constitutional violation

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a Tennessee county mayor to reconsider his unwise decision to keep religious inscriptions on its courthouse walls. FFRF is alarmed by Henderson County’s plan to retain a biblical engraving on its courthouse after receiving a letter in June from FFRF Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert advising the county to […]

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‘Living on Purpose”: True friends are among life’s greatest blessings

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I was thinking the other day about how wonderful it is to have friends and how rare it is to have good ones. I believe we can all agree there are levels and categories with the people we know that range from those who seem like a brother or sister to the casual acquaintance. Our […]

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6 things not to say to bereaved parents

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Joan Markwell knows the gut-wrenching, hollow feeling left behind when a child is taken too early. It’s a feeling that mothers have experienced recently and throughout the last few years after tragic attacks in Orlando, Manchester, London, San Bernardino, Calif., and Charleston, S.C., just to name a few. With every new tragedy, vigil, story on […]

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