Remembering Earl Hoffmeister

Remembering Earl Hoffmeister

By Steve Hunley Earl Hoffmeister passed away last week at 90. Many readers likely knew Earl Hoffmeister personally, as did I. I was one of those who was actually taught by Hoffmeister. Quite a few years ago, I was a student in Earl Hoffmeister’s mechanical drawing/drafting class. It won’t surprise anyone who knew him to […]

Governor Haslam’s 33% Gas Tax Hike

Governor Haslam’s 33% Gas Tax Hike

Diesel fuel tax would increase 70% By Steve Hunley As you’ve read here many times, the Knoxville News Sentinel is utterly predictable.  The News Sentinel has never seen a new tax or an existing tax increase that they didn’t like. So, the Sentinel surprised no one when it proclaimed Governor Bill Haslam’s proposal to increase […]

Alternative Facts? You Be the Judge: My Reply to a Letter from Buzz Thomas

Alternative Facts? You Be the Judge: My Reply to a Letter from Buzz Thomas

By Steve Hunley Last week’s editorial “Are they Planning to Pick Your Pockets? Beware of Indexed Annual Tax Increases” brought a letter from Interim Superintendent Buzz Thomas that starts off as follows: “One of your recent editorials had some ‘alternative facts’ I wanted to bring to your attention. As a wise man once observed, we […]

Are They Planning to Pick Your Pockets? Beware of “Indexed” (Annual) Tax Increases

Are They Planning to Pick Your Pockets? Beware of  “Indexed” (Annual) Tax Increases

By Steve Hunley Look out people, it’s not only Governor Haslam looking to increase your taxes by raising the gas tax. School folks met with members of the County Commission last week and are poking at property taxes; in fact, there was mention of asking the state legislature to “index” the property tax. That idea […]

Jimmy Duncan is Right

Jimmy Duncan is Right

By Steve Hunley Both the Knoxville News Sentinel and the Maryville Daily Times have given coverage to some folks castigating Congressman John J. “Jimmy” Duncan for refusing to hold a special town hall meeting – – – just for them.  Naturally, after being told no, some of them are immediately intending to take to the […]

Change is on the Way, Part 2

Change is on the Way, Part 2

By Steve Hunley Evidently the mainstream media learned not a blessed thing following the election of Donald Trump.  The media is abuzz with varying headlines, barely bothering to hide their continuing bias, impugning every choice Trump makes for his Cabinet.  For instance, take the case of Congressman Tom Price of Georgia, slated to become the […]

A Change is on the Way

A Change is on the Way

By Steve Hunley Most of the folks who voted for Donald Trump wanted some kind of change in Washington, D.C.   There were doubtless folks who likely voted for Trump in the hope of some minor, albeit meaningful changes in the way things are done.  There were probably a great many other folks who voted for […]

Alexander Shines in Committee Hearings

Alexander Shines in Committee Hearings

By Steve Hunley Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Chairman of the U. S. Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) had the task of holding hearings on the nomination of President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as U. S. Secretary of Education.  As expected, the Betsy DeVos nomination quickly became a partisan brawl, […]

Predators in Our Schools

Predators in Our Schools

By Steve Hunley Steve Reilly of USA Today had a story in the Gannett newspapers in Tennessee that every parent and grandparent ought to read.  Apparently Reilly researched his article for an entire year and discovered “that education officials put children in harm’s way by covering up evidence of abuse, keeping allegations secret and making […]

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