Demented

By Dr. Jim Ferguson We’ve all seen it. What a tragedy when a loved one or a friend begins to fail. Once it was called senility because failing mental faculties were associated with the aged. However, the most common cause of cognitive decline (dementia) is  Alzheimer’s Disease and can occur in younger people like Coach […]

The “New” American Revolution

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’m having trouble understanding the Trump “derangement syndrome.” This syndrome seems to occur when a President other than a Democrat is elected. The syndrome was rampant during the Bush Presidency, manifesting as an unhinged reaction of liberal-progressive-Democrats to a Republican in office. Apparently, the same irrational panic, hatred and visceral emotions […]

The Walls Came Tumbling Down

By Dr. Jim Ferguson As I drove to work November 7, 2008, I marveled at how normal everything looked, where in fact everything had changed. Obama had just been elected President on the promise of “hope and change.” We got the change, and this almost destroyed our hope. However, we didn’t protest in 2008 as […]

The Die is Cast

By Dr. Jim Ferguson In 49 BC Julius Caesar stood on the bank of the Rubicon River which marked the northern border of Italy. The ruling elite of Rome demanded that Caesar surrender his army, come to Rome and be tried for treason. If he refused, civil war would ensue. After meditation Caesar told his […]

We the People

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I feel like a soldier awaiting the signal to charge enemy lines. I never vote until election day because I don’t trust early voting where ballots might get lost or not even counted unless they’re necessary to decide a close vote. Perhaps I’m being silly and electronic voting is different, and […]

Wolves in Sheeps’ Clothing

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Recently, I’ve considered leaving my column at The Knoxville Focus. I’ve written weekly essays for ten years, but that’s not the issue. I ask myself, “What does it matter?” Maybe it doesn’t, but my sense of  duty is to “man-up” even if that verbiage is threatening to some college kids and […]

The Rat Park

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Hardly a day goes by without some story, tragedy or crime related to drugs. Statistics tell us that we are in the middle of a drug epidemic and Tennessee is an epicenter. In our state the per capita usage of opioids, like hydrocodone and oxycodone, and the use of benzodiazepines like […]

Brothers

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Families are living organisms, analogous to human beings. Humans are comprised of integrated organs; correspondingly, each member of a family plays a vital role in the whole. There is an African proverb which says, “It takes a village” to raise a child. The proverb emphasizes the village, a community which is […]

Blood Sport

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I made myself tune in to the first Presidential debate. I felt it was my civic duty to consider these two pugilists, one of whom will be our next President. Unfortunately, these so-called debates have become spectacle, hyped by the truly despicable and dishonest main stream media. These creatures still describe […]

I’ve Had It!

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’ve had it with the NFL and its politically correct commissioner Roger Goodell. This dude makes a salary of $3.4 million a year, and with bonuses from the various team owners, his 2015 compensation was almost $35 million. I realize it’s wrong to blame everyone for the actions of a few, […]

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