September 11, 2001

  By John J. Duncan Jr. On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I was in my office in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington when Bert Robinson, a member of my staff from Athens, opened the door and told me to turn on the television because a plane had just crashed into the […]

Coronavirus Is Bad, But Have We Over-Reacted?

By John J. Duncan Jr. During the 1957-58 flu season, I was in the fifth grade at Chillhowee School in East Knoxville, there was a worldwide pandemic then that originated in China called the Asian flu. Both the US and world populations were only a little over 60% of today‚Äôs figures, but the CDC estimated […]

Everything looks easy from a distance

Everything looks easy from a distance

By John J. Duncan Jr. duncanj@knoxfocus.com Everything looks easy from a distance My friend, Ray Hill, who writes a great political history column for this newspaper, told me several years ago that I won the lottery with my parents. I had never thought of it in that way, but I really liked what he said, […]