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Last Thursday (Jan. 19) was the 1st Tennessee Tech Martin Luther King, Jr. Candlelight Vigil. The event was organized by student activities coordinator Lakeisha Claybrooks and hosted by student … more
Boy, do we now know more than we ever wanted to know about classified documents, or what? First, the FBI executes a search warrant on Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort and finds a couple hundred … more
 The hardest part of writing this column is not the writing, finding a topic, or even staying within my 650-word limit. I usually write about four articles for every article I turn in for print. … more
 I know that this is an opinion piece in a local newspaper with limited circulation. I understand the likelihood that I will ever inspire real change is miniscule, but all change begins as a … more
Tomorrow marks the second anniversary of one of the low points of American history. A lot of people who supported Donald Trump might not want to think so; they may wish people would stop talking … more
Last week, I closed by describing several CIA/state department actions in the 1950s that many citizens might find shocking or disturbing. Helping overthrow democratically-elected governments in … more
When you describe the United States, you could describe the political system or history, but basically the United States is our home. There is one set of rules for those who live inside our home. … more
 I was watching a high school girls’ basketball game tonight, and I made the comment that one team seemed to play without any intention. Some familiar with sports may understand what I … more
 Last week, I ended with a reference to two-time-Pulitzer-winning journalist Walter Lippman’s words in his 1947 book Cold War. He warned that the West’s penchant for seeing … more
On Dec. 7, Malaki Dowell, along with his family and a group of coaches, dressed up in suits and ties to attend the Mr. Football Award ceremony held at Nissan Stadium. Four-hundred-thirty student … more
 Last week, I introduced a brief series of columns on the subject of hegemony. If you missed part 1, I will give you a quick review. Hegemony is when one among a cohort of powerful countries, … more
You don’t have to listen to many voices discuss history to understand that most only acknowledge anything prior to the European settlement of the Americas when it suits their purposes. … more
I asked you to imagine I had a magic wand that would make Troy Smith agree with my opinions. Now, I want you to imagine my magic wand would work on everyone. Imagine I could make the entire … more
After several columns in a row that have been primarily about the current political climate, I’ve decided to go out on a limb and do a deep historical dive in order to provide a broader … more
 As the title I chose for this column indicates, it is a Liberal Dose -specifically, a reaction to the events of the day (and from history) from a left-leaning perspective. As Will Rogers … more
A father and son were talking while hunting. The son asked, “Dad, is it better to be right or to win the argument?” His father responded that it was better to be right. The son then … more
 This article is being revised at 1:16 p.m., on Thursday the 17th, because I can’t let Troy Smith’s article today go completely unanswered. Let me accurately summarize his 650-word … more
Happy Thanksgiving. I love this holiday - the chill in the air, the comforting traditional foods, the emphasis on family. A lot of my Native American friends are not as fond of it, for obvious … more
 Ben Franklin is credited with saying that “A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges.” What the heck does that mean, and why should you think about … more
I added this intro after reading Troy Smith’s column last week. I appreciate his kind words. I will echo his sentiment about disagreeing but still being respectful. I have often debated with … more
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