Things for which I am very thankful

Things for which I am very thankful

By John J. Duncan Jr. duncanj@knoxfocus.com As regular readers of this column know, I recently lost my sweet wife, Lynn, certainly the toughest thing I have ever been through. But I feel guilty in writing that because her last few months were hundreds of times tougher on her. And all she asked me to do […]

The start of my career in law

The start of my career in law

  By John J. Duncan Jr. After I took the Bar Exam in July of 1973, I spent almost all my time at the Knox County Courthouse watching jury trials. I had watched several trials in my Uncle Joe’s court in earlier years while I was in undergraduate school at UT and on recesses from […]

From a distance

From a distance

By John J. Duncan Jr. I have never seen, heard or read about a president who has done as much damage to this country in as short a time as Joe Biden has. Brit Hume summed it up best a few months ago when he said on Fox News that Joe Biden had a reputation […]

The costs of the Afghanistan war

The costs of the Afghanistan war

By John J. Duncan Jr. K.T. McFarland told Maria Bartiromo on August 15 that we should have gotten out of Afghanistan in 2001 shortly after we responded in a very forceful way to the attacks of 9/11. McFarland was Deputy National Security Advisor to President Trump and was one of the most respected members of […]

Missing fathers, broken homes

Missing fathers, broken homes

By John J. Duncan Jr. On my first day as judge of the criminal court, Gary Tulloch, the chief probation counselor for 16 counties in East Tennessee, told me that “98% of the defendants in felony cases came from broken homes.” He was a little high, and it is much more accurate to say that […]

The love of my life

The love of my life

By John J. Duncan Jr. My sweet, beautiful wife, Lynn, passed away on Sunday, August 1, and there are no words strong enough to express how much I am going to miss her. I told her near the end that she had been my earthly angel and now she would be my heavenly angel. Trudy […]

My grandparents’ legacy

My grandparents’ legacy

By John J. Duncan Jr. Several months ago, I wrote a column about my love of music in which I mentioned many of my favorite songs. Two of them were Elvis Presley’s versions of “My Way” and “The Impossible Dream.” Another Elvis song, not really one of my favorites but one with a wonderful message, […]

A senseless war

A senseless war

By John J. Duncan Jr. In September of 2017, I gave a speech on the floor of the U.S. House about the war in Afghanistan. I quoted from a story that had run a few days earlier in the international edition of the New York Times. That story said “When the American author James a. […]

The Rise in Crime & Violence

The Rise in Crime & Violence

By John J. Duncan Jr. Over the July 4th weekend, 104 people were shot in Chicago, with 18 killed, including two policemen and a six-year-old girl. This followed more typical recent Chicago weekends, one with 62 people shot resulting in three deaths, and another when 46 were shot with eight killed. On June 28th, Mayor […]

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