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EDITORIAL – New School Board, Old Ways?

EDITORIAL – New School Board, Old Ways?

It has been a really long time since I have been mad at a meeting. Years have gone by since I first started attending School Board Meetings. My first foray into the wonderful world of our local school board came long, long ago when I, as a parent, had some very serious concerns regarding the […]

VITAL POLICY – OPINION – Appointed School Superintendents, A Revolving Door of Instability

VITAL POLICY – OPINION – Appointed School Superintendents, A Revolving Door of Instability

The system of appointed school directors has become a stepping-stone, a rung on the ladder, an instrument of promotion for individuals seeking to advance their school management careers. Small counties are just a place for would-be school directors to gain experience for a bigger and better gig. Five East Tennessee counties are currently in the […]

OPEd – Truth in Sentencing from Majority Leader William Lamberth

OPEd – Truth in Sentencing from Majority Leader William Lamberth

As a former Sumner County Assistant District Attorney, I prosecuted more cases than I care to count in which victims– often terribly traumatized by the events of a crime – suffered heartbreaking anguish after finding out Tennessee’s justice system is not what they thought it was. The realization that most criminals, on average, only serve […]

EDITORIAL – PATRIOT ACADEMY, JEFFERSON COUNTY’S HIGH SCHOOL TWILIGHT ZONE

EDITORIAL – PATRIOT ACADEMY, JEFFERSON COUNTY’S HIGH SCHOOL TWILIGHT ZONE

A few years ago, a couple of school board members called to ask me about a “new concept” they were considering for Freshman students at Jefferson County High School. What about designing a special program, they said, for ninth graders to ease the transition from middle school life to the challenges of high school, something […]

deja vu?

deja vu?

Does anyone else feel like they are caught in an ugly deja vu ? As many people know, the debate regarding funding to build a new Jefferson Elementary School on the site of the Jefferson County Fair Grounds has been raging for several months and still there is no movement to common ground. At the […]

Editorial – Are We Smiling Now?

Editorial – Are We Smiling Now?

Mid February is upon us and by now most of us are one year into the isolation zone. We have given up any physical contact with family and friends. Masks partially hide the sadness and anger that many have endured for a whole year of life. We don’t smile anymore and why should we? After […]

Political Good Ole Days

Political Good Ole Days

It light of the recent political climate nationally, I have started asking myself some uncomfortable questions and have found that I really don’t like the answers. Perhaps the most troubling question is the one that sheds a dim light on future elections and decision making. Are the young millennial and generation Z( those from teens […]

A Head Scratcher

A Head Scratcher

I have spent the past week considering things that just don’t make any sense to me, already, this year. You would think that being a fresh year and less than a month into it the list of things that make me shake my head would be short but that doesn’t seem to be the case. […]

It is not our goal, it is our legacy

It is not our goal, it is our legacy

For many of us, 2020 seemed like a nightmare that you just couldn’t wake up from and we were all hanging our hopes on 2021 bringing a much better year. After basically trading our normal, everyday life in for a mask, $1200 and the promise that it will all be over soon, we arrived at […]

Not My Preacher – Op-Ed by Rep. Jeremy Faison, Dist 11

Not My Preacher – Op-Ed by Rep. Jeremy Faison, Dist 11

Op-Ed by: Jeremy Faison, TN House of Representatives, District 11, Chairman of GOP Caucus Do you remember being a child and thinking how incredible it would be to be the president? As a young child walking down Pennsylvania Avenue, I can still remember standing in front of the White House. I instantly became enamored with […]

Constitutional Education In Honor of Constitution Week, September 17-23, 2020

Constitutional Education In Honor of Constitution Week, September 17-23, 2020

Guest Editorial: Written by David SealDavid is a retired Jefferson County educator, as well as a recognized artist and local businessman. He has also served Jefferson County as a County Commissioner and is a lobbyist for the people on issues such as eminent domain, property rights, education, and broadband accessibility on the state level. Every […]

Another School Building Project? – Scratching My Head

Another School Building Project? – Scratching My Head

I have spent the last few months wondering when or if things would ever get back to normal. Perhaps the request for two new schools is the first step toward that goal. After all, can you remember a time in the past decade or so that a school building plan was not either in process […]

A Tale of Two New Schools, Decreasing Enrollment, and Enduring County Debt

A Tale of Two New Schools, Decreasing Enrollment, and Enduring County Debt

Guest Editorial by David Seal Fiction and Hard Facts Read the media releases or the sugar-coated news coverage of schools and you might get the impression that you are in a utopian place like Lake Wobegon, the fictional community created by Minnesota comedian Garrison Keillor who closed his weekly public radio show, A Prairie Home […]

Cubicrats, Swamp Tonic, and Appointed School Directors – A Recipe for Declining Public Schools

Cubicrats,  Swamp Tonic,  and Appointed School Directors – A Recipe for Declining Public Schools

Cubicrats, Swamp Tonic, and Appointed School Directors – A Recipe for Declining Public Schools Guest Editorial By David Seal For the past few decades, public schools have been systematically damaged by government. That same government claims to seek remedies to repair the damage it has inflicted, a lose-lose proposition. Public schools are funded in large […]

Covid-19 vs. Liberty, (2020) – Constitutional Questions for Public Review

Covid-19 vs. Liberty, (2020) – Constitutional Questions for Public Review

Covid-19 vs. Liberty, (2020) Constitutional Questions for Public Review A Guest Editorial By David Seal We all have a civic duty to defeat the Coronavirus, a threat to public health and economic security. Adjusting our behavior in accordance with the advice of health care professionals, wearing PPE, working from home if possible, exercising good hygiene […]

This Enemy Has Two Faces

This Enemy Has Two Faces

For most of us, we never saw this time in life coming. I personally feel like we have been sucker punched and am not inclined to be generous about the origin of the culprit. Really, it doesn’t matter that I am mad or that you are mad or that a whole bunch of people have […]

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