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I warn my readers to be wary, not of my discipline of political science, but of the misuse of science for political, and usually alarmist, purposes. Over time, this repetitive misuse falls into the trap of “the little boy who cried wolf,” thereby endangering the acceptance of all scientific …

It wasn’t the execution by lethal injection that unnerved me so much as the service club atmosphere, like the kind you might encounter at a monthly lunch meeting.

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A bill that got mired in this year’s session of the state General Assembly could be resurrected next year and would make emergency 911 calls secret. It’s horrible legislation and would remove a major tool from journalists who bring transparency and accountability to first responders.

Earth Day is Monday, April 22, and — as it was in the founding year 1970 — a good time to take inventory of our own efforts to keep this planet in clean, environmentally conscious order. Well, talk is cheap.

A slap upside the head is a surefire way to get somebody’s attention. Illegal but effective. It’s akin to the old defensive lineman’s technique of slapping the helmet of his counterpart on the O-line to clear a path to the quarterback. The NFL outlawed the multiple head slap in 1976, and fla…

This is an easy one. Tennessee’s 2nd District Congressman Tim Burchett has chosen to make his first legislation require the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors to hold open meetings. How simple is that? How odd that it’s not already so.

Photographs with news stories balance the words with images that get to the point. The photo of new Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee that appeared in The Daily Times on Sunday was one of those. Lee is pictured with his right hand raised as he takes the oath of office. A historic moment.

There’s a public service announcement on radio where a police officer exchanges greetings with friends during the course of a day. The hellos are upbeat. Then the tone changes with a reference to the greeting no officer ever wants to make, followed by a “knock, knock, knock.”

There’s the national news and there’s the local news. Seems simple enough, but reality is not so clear-cut. Start with the assumption that “all politics is local.” Now apply its derivative, “all news is local.”

The wait for the Tennessee Wilderness Act has been frustrating, a delay far too long for no good reason. Patience wore thin as East Tennesseans watched session after session of congressional inaction.

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They take to the U.S. airwaves at six in the evening, and again at 10 or 11. The grinning suburbanites of local television news have been a love/hate relationship for me, an integral part of my career but also a frustration if one hopes to break them from bad habits to serve a greater journa…

To the man who recently moved to East Tennessee from California and took issue with The Daily Times printing a news story he deemed unflattering to Donald Trump: The United States Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of the press. To Trump, who said recently that no one should be allowed to say…