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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Child abuse leaves a permanent scar on its victims. Children don’t know why they are being abused. It is even sadder when abuse is the only way of life they know. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Child abuse is everyone’s business. About 70 percent of children who die from child abuse are under 4. They can’t make the call, so somebody else has to do it. There is a

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  • No more limits on campaign contributions

    Posted on April 14, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Editorial cartoonists have sharpened and turned their disgust and creativity against the U.S. Supreme Court after justices ruled that free speech can be bought when it comes to limits on contributions for political campaigns. We’ve seen cartoonists draw the Monopoly brothers, Mr. Magoo, a megaphone of rolled up money . the list goes on and on. Now we know why candidates crow after bringing in the most campaign contributions each

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  • Tailoring tax reform

    Posted on April 12, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Legislative toying with state taxes is a lot like trying to make an ill-fitting suit look good by taking up a little bit here and letting out a little bit there. You wind up with one arm longer than the other and cuffs that don’t match, while what you really need is a new suit. The tailors of lawmaking are at it again. They’re pushing a bill to take the

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  • Iranian radical’s request for a U.S. visa

    Posted on April 11, 2014 at 10:55 am

    In 1979, Hamid Abutalebi was among the Iranian radicals who illegally seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held 52 Americans for 444 days. Today, he wants a U.S. visa so he can enter this country and serve as Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations. This request is an insult to America. President Obama shouldn’t just deny it. He should send back Abutalebi’s application form in tiny little pieces. Many

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  • Free community college a good idea with the right planning

    Posted on April 10, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature piece of legislation this year is his Tennessee Promise plan to make community college free. His proposal has met with widespread support in the General Assembly. But, as with any legislation of this scope, there are questions that still need answers. Nevertheless, it appears the plan will pass and move Tennessee higher education to the cutting edge nationally. The Tennessee Promise is a cornerstone of Haslam’s

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  • Releasing Israeli spy is not the way to continue peace talks

    Posted on April 9, 2014 at 11:07 am

    The release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard seemingly comes up in the context of every round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in the mistaken belief that freeing a man who is quite simply a traitor to his country will make Israel more amenable to the U.S. view of how those talks should evolve. Secretary of State John Kerry recently floated the possibility of Pollard’s release. The idea was that freeing Pollard

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  • Giving away control of the Internet

    Posted on April 8, 2014 at 11:08 am

    The Internet is uniquely American. It was invented here, it is largely controlled here and it reflects our ideals of freedom and free speech. What would the Internet look like if it were controlled by China? Or Russia? Or the United Nations. The prospect is unnerving to say the least, but such a scenario is possible under an Obama administration plan to cede authority of the Web’s core architecture to

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