Johnson City Press Monday, September 22, 2014
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Annexation law needs meaningful overhaul

Annexation law needs meaningful overhaul

March 24th, 2014 8:59 am by Danny Sells

I had the opportunity to attend each of the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovermental Relations hearings on the many annexation bills last year. These were some of the very best discussions I have experienced.

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Masquerade

Masquerade

March 17th, 2014 10:15 am by Larry French

In his "Devil's Dictionary," Ambrose Bierce defines politics as, "A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage."

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Big cities could learn from small towns

Big cities could learn from small towns

March 17th, 2014 10:13 am by Dr. Jim Holt

Last summer, I read an article on small-town life in my alumni magazine. A professor of social sciences, Robert Wuthnow, had written a book about his research on small towns in the United States: "Small-Town America: Finding Community, Shaping the Future.

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Dealing with ALS and some very hard choices

Dealing with ALS and some very hard choices

March 10th, 2014 9:17 am by Kenneth D. Gough

A terrible disease recently struck close to home. A neighbor, the 30-something nephew of one of my wife's best friends, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.

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Legislators aren't writing bills -ALEC is

Legislators aren't writing bills -ALEC is

March 10th, 2014 9:05 am by Jennie Young

Last year, our state legislature considered a bill familiarly called the "ag-gag" bill, which sought to prevent whistleblowers from exposing animal abuse, unsafe working conditions and environmental violations on industrial farms.

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Consider donating to our area's own children's hospital

Consider donating to our area's own children's hospital

March 3rd, 2014 10:05 am by Rebecca Horvath

The Niswonger Children's Hospital Radiothon will be held Monday and Tuesday. The second annual event aims to top last year's highly successful fundraiser, which raised $125,000.

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Why does GOP seek to hurt working poor?

Why does GOP seek to hurt working poor?

February 24th, 2014 9:38 am by Judy Garland

The United States has the distinction of being the only industrialized nation that doesn't provide basic health care to all its citizens.

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It's time to consider the national debt

It's time to consider the national debt

February 24th, 2014 9:21 am by Murvin H. Perry

On a golf course in California on Feb. 15, President Obama signed two bills approved by both the House and Senate.

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Presidents Day

Presidents Day

February 17th, 2014 9:11 am by Larry French

Having addressed the question years ago as to whether all presidents deserve recognition on Presidents Day, I've come to the justifiable conclusion this issue needs to be revisited and revised.

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Be mindful of others when weather changes schedule

Be mindful of others when weather changes schedule

February 17th, 2014 9:08 am by Rebecca Horvath

This winter's weather has been unusually harsh, with frequent snowfalls and highs often reaching only the teens. With lows in the single digits and below local schools have been forced to close or delay the start of the school day several times.

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