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This is the time of year when I generally mock everyone for “being thankful” for just one month, sarcastically reminisce about my tenure at the Times since I’m at my work anniversary and then berate those who have already decorated for Christmas.

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Let’s agree that strip club bouncer (and aspiring pizza delivery man), hyped up on steroids and living in his van, Cesar Sayoc is not a criminal mastermind. Going into an election, this nut job has handed Democrats a gift and the status they love, the highest honor a Democrat can bestow upon…

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I often joke with my sons about my tough childhood.  The punch line usually involves something about how we didn’t have a remote control for the TV set.  I would tell them, “If I wanted to watch another channel, I had to GET UP from the sofa, and WALK to the television to change channels.”  …

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It pays to have thick skin.  I’m not sure if people are angrier now than in generations past.  Maybe it just seems that way.

There are two types of people in this world. Those who expect things, and those who know they must earn things. The microcosm of that is no more apparent than at the annual Safe on the Square trick-or-treating event in Manchester. 

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Teen Vogue showed the ignorance of a poorly educated and lazy generation by trashing capitalism in favor of socialism. The magazine told kids who act like they read Teen Vogue that capitalism has left the world in a "dystopian 'Mad Max' nightmare in which resources have dwindled and rich plu…

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Kanye West left California and flew east to visit with Donald Trump. It was quite interesting. Now the media has to redouble their efforts to destroy Kanye, an African American who dares to think for himself and is trying to escape the Democrat plantation that owns the black vote.

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More than a few times over the years, I’ve filled this space with “Facebook Fails” or “AutoCorrect Accidents,” a collection of unfortunate misspellings. 

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In response to the recent letter to the editor regarding the Sheriff’s Office leaving nurses open to violence, there has been some misconceptions about this practice and responsibilities by all parties involved.

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One in three folks over 50 who need a colonoscopy fail to have one. That’s nuts. It’s easier than it’s ever been, and not getting this thing done might kill you. So schedule one now, before Obamacare implodes further and you can only see your doctor in a few years if you sign up to caddy on …

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Back in 1975, Tom T. Hall sang, “I like beer, it makes me a jolly good fellow. I like beer, it helps me unwind and makes me feel mellow. Whiskey's too rough, Champagne costs too much, vodka puts my mouth in gear. This little refrain should help me explain, as a matter of fact I like beer.”

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“I went to bed hungry many nights as a child. It was a Dream that dressed me up when I was ragged, and it was a Dream that filled me up when I was hungry. Now it's my Dream to see that no child in this world ever goes hungry, certainly not here in America, the most bountiful country in the w…

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As a kid, I grew up laughing at Bill Cosby. Comedy albums were big in the pre-cable era and when Cosby released a new album, I had to have it. His routine about Noah’s ark is a classic and I made sure my kids had a chance to enjoy it too.

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What would a sensible immigration policy look like? It would have three goals: be humane, enforce the laws and meet America's need for labor. This can happen only if our political fringes get out of the way.

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Let me say up front: I’m a free-market libertarian, and I never advocate for more regulation -- mainly because it doesn’t work and it is done by government (which I trust only one-tenth as much as I trust business). If you study history, our nation’s biggest financial problems stemmed from h…

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I write about the state of the news media from time to time, at least from my point of view. In case you haven’t noticed, my profession ranks somewhere around telemarketers and meth dealers in public trust surveys.

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If Democrats and resistance Republicans think they are going to depose President Trump or thwart his presidency by endlessly savaging him in the name of protecting the republic, they don't have any concept of the fierce resolve of his supporters.

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Having written this column for 16 years, I find that there has never been a time when the news and actions in Washington moved so fast. Trump is getting things done. Half the country says Trump is crazy and turning Washington on its ear. The other half of the country agrees but says that's w…

It’s hard to find the proper words to describe the heinous crime that took place over the weekend, leaving a woman dead, a man in the Coffee County Jail facing charges of first degree murder and a family in shambles.

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In the highly partisan swamp of D.C., Paul Manafort’s biggest crime was being Trump’s campaign manager. Michael Cohen’s crime was being Trump’s lawyer. Cohen got off easy when he agreed to turn on Trump for a potential violation of campaign spending laws. As the judge said, prosecutors press…

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Democrats are scared. Kanye West just ran away from their lock on the black vote in America. And, like fellow Democrats did during slavery, they are sending their hounds after the escapee. The modern-day hounds are what Kanye talked about on Jimmy Kimmel's show: the media, social and persona…

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It is time I stop railing at politicians and start making fun of my family again. The focus groups who read my column seem to want to hear more about my Uncle Mac. Everyone but my family wants me to talk about him. But all families are just a generation or two away from an aunt who smoked on…

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College football season is just around the corner. It was a mild, wet spring in the South, great for growing SEC football players.

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 The employees of the City of Manchester and I would like to thank all the citizens of the City of Manchester for their understanding and the expression of thanks during the recent storms and the pickup and disposal of storm-related debris. It is our sincere honor to serve the citizens of th…

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A demand for diamonds is a marketing invention. We as a society have been tricked into believing that diamonds are rare and symbol of status and love and got us buying sparking pieces of expensive carbon.

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As a follow-up to my letter “Your vote counts,” my question to you is did you vote in early voting or did you decide to wait until Aug. 2, the day of the election in which all local candidates who are vying for seats? Not to mention the state candidates who are elected in both parties, repub…

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Last year hundreds of Tennesseans from all walks of life decided to take an active part in the important issues of the day. Young and old volunteered their time because they felt very strongly that these issues needed to be addressed. Things like expanding Medicaid, stopping the opioid epide…

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As I reminisce about days gone by, I realize that there are many things I will never do again.  I have decided to make a list. 

I find that the older I get, the less in touch I am with the newest technology. It happens to all of us, right? I remember being the “young” one in the room and trying to explain CDs and DVDs to my grandparents back in the day.

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It is good to see Putin and Trump meet. Between our two countries, we have 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons; it is best we get along. An isolated and angry Russia would not be good for the rest of the world.

We’ve all heard the statement from folks trying to make change: “Get out and vote!” On the surface this makes sense; we’re part of a republic that at its fundamental level is governed by the people, but it has a ring of boring, doesn’t it? We’ve been trained by conditioning that voting just …