Let’s Imagine a Free Market in Education

by Kurt Dugger Government: The great fiction whereby everyone endeavors to live off of everyone else. –Frederic Bastiat What would a free market in education look like? For this mental exercise, we will not make drastic changes, just two small ones. First, government restrictions and requirements on education are removed. Second, half of tax money…

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Laurie Pritchett: From Reykjavik to Dresden

by Nelda Rachels  Sometimes an immigrant can be your next-door neighbor, and you might not even know it. Like everyone else in a small town, that person from far, far away is just going about her business, feeding the cows, putting her children through school, volunteering, and hanging out at the local restaurant or library,…

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Distracted Driving

by John Dunker Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. Types of distractions include: texting, using a cell phone or smartphone, using a navigation system, watching a video, adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player,…

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American Life in Poetry

American Life in Poetry: Column 044 BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE Unlike the calculated expressions of feeling common to its human masters, there is nothing disingenuous about the way a dog praises, celebrates, frets or mourns. In this poem David Baker gives us just such an endearing mutt.   Mongrel Heart Up the dog…

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Conversations about Retirement

by Emily Akin Our Seniors Today section is for and about retired seniors in the Ken-Tenn area. We do one interview of a local senior per issue. Since we only publish six times a year, we can’t cover all area seniors in an individual interview. Recently, we published Karleen Sternisha’s article about all she plans…

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Benefits of Fasting

by Jacob Hamrick, PT,DPT When was the last time you were hungry? This is a very foreign concept, which has been demonized, in our country. Who would have thought that periods of hunger could be beneficial? Fasting – it was a command and mark of faith in biblical times. Then, it was branded as a…

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357 Days of Mary Nell

by Debbie Butler Tate   My mother, Mary Nell Butler, and dad, Harold Butler, were both born and raised in Gibson County, Tennessee. She was from the “Gum Woods” area, outside Trenton, and he was from Brazil. Our family moved to Union City, Tennessee, when Dad graduated from medical school in Memphis. He was a general practitioner…

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And a child Shall Lead Them

by Sally Kirk Goodman As a child who grew up on a farm, self-efficiency was a learned habit. Not one that I remembered learning, but learned just the same. We had a garden, raised chickens, and fed off a steer or two for the freezer each year. No one went hungry. No one did without….

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