While sports fans were eager to see which team would come out on top in Sunday night’s contest, many of the folks watching the game had as much, or more, interest in the commercials.

Editor’s Note: It’s been a hectic weekend (see coverage of the Cumberland County Board of Education and its director of schools search, and go online for synopsis of each of the six interviews held Saturday), and a weekend with weather so beautiful I just couldn’t sit inside and type. So, my…

Well, the students and teachers in Cumberland County got their wishes granted last week and part of this week when our county was blanketed with snow and ice and they were given a few days off from school due to the weather.

There I am, in the spotlight, a microphone right in front of me. I’m shaking. As I open my voice to speak, nothing comes out. The crowd in front of me erupts in boos and laughter. I can feel my ears, face and neck burning, knowing that I probably look like a tomato to the audience.

  • By Bob Hoyt, Chronicle contributor

New Year’s makes me think about what might lie ahead. No doubt, conservatives will criticize the present and yearn to return to an idyllic past that never was. Progressive citizens will make mistakes and false starts and fumble around, looking ahead rather than carefully examining the lesson…

  • By Jim Sykes, Chronicle contributor

A recent column about Syrian refugees in this space resulted in a letter to the editor from a reader who offered some disagreement with the position suggested by that column. The person who wrote the letter to the editor apparently feels that the federal government should follow Christian va…

We all know it’s important to take care of our health. Eating right and getting regular physical activity not only help keep the doctor away, but help to keep us feeling our best.

  • By Michael E. Mann

An individual named Phil Billington did a disservice to your readership by spreading falsehoods about the topic of human-caused climate change in his recent column ("The hoax that won’t go away," 1/5/16).

  • By Judy Barnett

Our Constitution says that we are a nation of, by and for the People. A corporation is not a person, although the Supreme Court has suggested otherwise. Our elected politicians in Washington will be asked to give an “up or down” vote for the implementation of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnersh…

  • By Phil Billington

Specifically, I’m talking about the hoax, global warming (or climate change if you prefer). This is the worst racket ever perpetrated on the American people. The usual approach to this discussion is to present the science that ostensible supports (or doesn’t support) the theory and then pres…

Last month, in a rare moment of bipartisanship, Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act, replacing the onerous No Child Left Behind Act that had plagued school systems since 2001. The law was quickly signed by President Obama.

  • By Mary deWolf

President Lincoln reminded us that if America is to continue as a government of the People, by the People and for the People, citizens need to be vigilant. We must remain a nation rich in public life, meeting shared responsibilities. We must care for one another, with every citizen participa…

  • By Jerry McDonough, Chronicle contributor

On Oct. 6 of this year, an article appeared in the Chronicle describing the legal settlement of the city of Crossville with a group of Lake Tansi residents. 

It’s estimated only 8 percent of people who make a New Year’s resolution actually keep it. Many of us make them (about 40 percent), but by the one-month mark, only 64 percent of those people are still keeping those promises to themselves. 

  • By John Wund

Almost all in the crowd of candidates at Presidential Primary debates strive to be warlike. They scream at “ISIS” or “Iran” whenever they can. They feel it makes them “presidential” and, of course, attracts corporate campaign dollars from security and defense contractors. Television sound-bi…

’Tis the season to revel in the magic of the holidays. No one understands this better than children, who are in awe of the bright decorations, the music, the sweets, the laughter, the presents and the big man himself, Santa Claus.

  • By Jim Sykes

If Congress allows President Obama to import additional refugees onto American soil without better vetting of those individuals, the terrorist incident that we witnessed in California will be just the beginning. I believe in helping those who are in danger but my desire to help starts with f…

  • By Allen Foster, Chronicle contributor

All members were present for the November regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Cumberland County Commission. The meeting began with the appointment of a new Board of Education member for the Ninth District seat which was vacated by Dan Schlafer when he accepted a position in the Centra…

  • By Carolyn Aronson, Chronicle contributor

Since the beginning of our time in America, we have suffered from a “split personality” where the poor are concerned. While professing to care deeply about helping families to break the chains of poverty, our Calvinist past has nagged at us about those lazy, shiftless individuals who refuse …

It's a saga nearly 40 years in the making. The latest installment of Star Wars hits theaters Friday and, across the country, fans are making their predictions about what to expect as the franchise enters the Disney years.

  • By Jerry McDonough, Chronicle contributor

Since time began tyrants have been utilizing empty headed people to do their bidding until such time as these people become unnecessary. Then they dispose of the empty headed people in several ways none of which are pleasant. No one knows for certain who coined the term “useful idiots” but i…

  • By Pat Vaughn

All of the “top ten” Republican presidential candidates state they will put “more boots on the ground” in the Middle East. Yet, not one of these gung-ho candidates served in the military. Tough rhetoric is easy when you know it won’t affect you or your family. So, let the boots be THEIRS! Ru…

Where did the year go? It feels like the fair was just a few weeks ago, yet we’re now less than three weeks away from Christmas and less than a month away from the start of 2016.

  • By Phil Billington

On November 16, 2015, President Obama gave a muddled and disturbing speech at the G20 summit in which he arrogantly declared his strategy against ISIS was “the right strategy and we are going to see it through” — despite the fact that many of his military advisors say it isn’t working. Obama…

  • By Bob Hoyt, Chronicle contributor

I clearly remember crossing the dam of the shallow pond where the hogs wallowed in the summertime. But it was not summertime. It was Dec. 7, 1941.

When I was a kid, family gatherings usually involved the adults congregating around the table for a game of cards and the children were shuffled outside to play as long as the weather would allow.

  • By Jerry McDonough, Chronicle contributor

Taking third world refugees to the West is not the most compassionate reaction to war and unrest in the Middle East and Africa. America may feel an obligation to help people, but when a culture breaks down completely fleeing the situation does not entitle one to a Western standard of living.…

  • By Judy Barnett

Austerity measures are being imposed nationwide. State and local governments are facing a lot of budget crunches due to tax cuts which the legislators have been making. In an effort to make ends meet and bring in money, our governor is working on handing over control of public services to pr…

What are you thankful for? I mean what are you really thankful for? While I admit I’m not on Facebook as much as I used to be, I’ve noticed a lot fewer people doing the “30 days of Thankfulness” posts than last year. Some of those I found refreshing. Others a little obnoxious especially when…

  • By Jim Sykes

Most of us are familiar with the section of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution that allows us not to be “required” to answer questions that might tend to incriminate. That section is: “nor shall any person be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.” That section …

  • By Phil Chesser

In a recent interview, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was asked if he believed in climate change. He replied yes but then added that the history of the earth shows many periods of climate change. Then what about man-made climate change? He answered maybe, but the trick is to determine how much o…

  • By T.M. Edwards, Chronicle contributor

He is sitting in the front row of the parade route. The nurses from the home are carefully watching their group of veteran wheelchair patients. The years have taken a heavy toll on their health and numbers.

  • By Carolyn Aronson, Chronicle contributor

My father returned from WWII to start his own business, which, in a short period of time, became very successful. It was the booming years of the '50s. It was also a time of the Cold War, McCarthyism and the Red Scare. There was even a best-selling book that linked the Pope to the supposed C…

  • By Jerry McDonough, Chronicle contributor

In 1654, prior to the American Revolutionary War, a Black indentured servant named John Casor was due to be released from Anthony Johnson. Johnson told Mr. Casor that he was extending his service. Mr. Casor left and went to work for a White man named Robert Parker. Mr. Johnson sued Mr. Parke…

  • By John Wund, Chronicle contributor

As parents, we want the best for our kids. Schools are important to us. The ‘National Report Card’ was released a week ago. The grades on the NAEP weren’t very good.

I put off my “spring cleaning” this year, allowing the stuff I had here, there and everywhere to continue unabated for about four months before I just couldn’t take it anymore.

  • By Phil Billington, Chronicle contributor

There is probably no one better qualified to assess the Bush and Obama administrations, especially the factors that define their differences, than former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates since he served in both administrations. In his latest book "Duty," Gates wrote the distinguishing diffe…

I was talking with some friends of mine who have children and I started thinking about how different Halloween is now compared to years ago. When I was a child we lived in the suburbs of Chicago and it was easy to go trick or treating door to door and gather a ton of candy.

  • By Judy Barnett

I’d like to discuss the political situation which exists in the state of Tennessee and in this nation. Many people see government as trying to control them and take their riches away from them in the form of taxes. This explains why those people hate government and want it smaller and less p…

(Editor’s Note: Each road trip presents its own little challenges and curve-balls, as I’m currently finding out on my weekend roadtrip. One of the challenges? I’m having too much fun to stop and write a column for this week. Enjoy this column from July 2014, and start planning your own littl…

  • By Jerry McDonough

The federal government did not invent the states; rather the states invented the federal government. Therefore, the federal government opinions, regulations or proclamations are not supreme to state law. Obviously the federal government is extremely reluctant to bring any such nullification …

  • By Pat Vaughn, Chronicle contributor

During state primaries held from February to June next year, the presidential choices will be narrowed to two candidates. How “civil” the discussion will be by then is anybody’s guess, and will anyone still care? 

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