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New abortion law is medium between pro-life, pro-choice

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 10:46 am

Tennessee has made it a little tougher for a woman to get an abortion. Given the seriousness of a decision to end a life, that’s certainly not a bad step. The new law, signed Monday by Gov. Bill Haslam, requires a woman seeking an abortion to wait at least 48 hours after in-person counseling with a physician, then go a second time to see the doctor. The waiting period is

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  • TVA Act signed in 1933 outlines promises for lowest possible cost power

    Posted on May 21, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Throughout the Tennessee Valley Authority Act, signed into law 82 years ago this week, are passages written to require TVA to seek low-cost power for its customers. Variously, it says “the objective (is) that power shall be sold at rates as low as are feasible”; that power shall be sold to secure “revenue returns which will permit domestic and rural use at the lowest possible rates”; and that TVA should

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  • Parents leave the alcohol out of graduation celebrations

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 10:09 am

    College and high school seniors in the next couple weeks will be preparing to enter another part of their life… Alcohol and graduation parties just don’t mix. The graduate may try to pressure parents to offer beer or other alcoholic drinks at the party, so their friends will think they are “cool.” The parents also will be asked to look the other way during the party as the graduate and

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  • The right to vote is a precious commodity

    Posted on May 19, 2015 at 11:02 am

    In recent weeks, reporters for The Commercial Appeal have written stories recalling the murders of brave African-American men who were slain in 1940 and 1955 while trying to win the right to vote for African-Americans. Both are national icons for bravery. In Brownsville, Tennessee, on the evening of June 20, 1940, Elbert Williams became the first NAACP member murdered in the pursuit of civil rights. His death was poorly investigated

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  • Recent Iran bill restores balance

    Posted on May 18, 2015 at 11:39 am

    The Senate last week overcame some misguided obstruction and passed a bill giving Congress the right to review and reject an agreement setting limits to Iran’s nuclear program. The vote was an overwhelming 98-1, a strong sign that Senate Democrats agree with most of their GOP colleagues that Congress has a role to play in the Iran negotiations. In view of its veto-proof support, the version of the legislation approved

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  • CIA deals uneven justice to wrongdoers

    Posted on May 16, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Disproportionate penalties given to two CIA employees who leaked secrets raise a question about the fairness of American justice. On April 23 a judge sentenced retired general and former CIA director David H. Petraeus to two years’ probation and a $100,000 fine for admitting he had provided highly classified notes of his official meetings, U.S. war strategy, intelligence capabilities and the names of covert CIA officers to his mistress, who

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  • Compromise needed in Congressional trade wars

    Posted on May 15, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Congress is considering a trade bill that is pitting President Obama against many members of his own party and some Republicans. Though the two sides have major differences, a compromise is still possible and would be good for the American economy. Obama is pushing for a bill that sets negotiating objectives for trade agreements and binds Congressional lawmakers to casting up-or-down votes on those deals for up to six years.

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