Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


  • The fight has gotten easier

    I was sitting at a table on the patio of the restaurant and my friend's pack of cigarettes was just sitting there, within easy reach. It would be so easy to reach over, grab one and light up.

    June 2, 2014

  • Stumptalk: The socialist shell game at work

    While America is distracted by the Crimean situation and the mysterious disappearance of an airliner, Obama and his fellow socialists have been busily making plans for the American taxpayer to pay for the world’s socialism. I say this because most of the socialist world is already broke from paying for socialism.

    June 2, 2014

  • LION AND THE LAMB: From courtroom to schoolroom

    On May 17 of this month our nation observed an important milestone—the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the segregation of students in public schools. In a unanimous decision it declared that such segregation was a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Underlying this position was a basic conviction that equality and segregation were mutually exclusive, or as stated in the Court’s ruling, that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.”

    May 27, 2014

  • WE THE PEOPLE: Finding a common ground

    Rifle fire honors the veterans. Some young man, perhaps a young woman, plays taps for a small but respectful gathering. The notes rise and fall with the wind gusts and settle among the stones and disappear to wherever such music goes. That’s how I remember Memorial Day years ago on the small and windswept hill overlooking the Arkansas River Valley town of my birthplace.

    May 27, 2014

  • TIDBITS: Make it a summer to remember

    Though the calendar says summer won't officially start until June 20, the closing of schools for the summer and the gloriously warm weather we are enjoying means that, while it might not be "officially" summer on the Cumberland Plateau, it's close enough.

    May 23, 2014

  • STUMPTALK: The mind of the climate hypochondriac

    OK, let me get this straight. President Obama wants to spend a lot of our money on some theoretical, unprecedented dire global crisis that has never happened before. Humanity is doomed. Oh no! Oh no! What is it?

    May 23, 2014

  • Lion and the Lamb: On Christians, Jews and Muslims

    On TV and in the newspapers of our state, we again hear and see the vicious and damaging words and actions against human beings who happen to be Muslims.

    May 20, 2014

  • We the People: Who wants to be a millionaire?

    Most of us would like to have a little extra in the bank. Americans still want to believe that with hard work anyone can be successful. Conservatives preach that fantasy. It’s a cruel lie.

    May 20, 2014

  • Tidbits: Too much tech in my diet

    Sometimes, it's just hard to eat a balanced and nutritious diet day in and day out. Try as you might, there are bound to be calories hidden away in that perfectly innocent looking sandwich or that frozen entree that swore it was a healthy option for lunch. Even those cookies are bad for you. Who knew?

    May 19, 2014

  • Stumptalk: A major cause of income inequality

    Liberal economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman recently expressed uncontrolled joy after reading French economist Thomas Piketty’s new book "Capital in the 21st Century," where, according to news reports (I haven’t read the book) he advocates an eighty percent income tax on those making more than $500,000 a year.

    May 19, 2014

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