As the Nov. 6 election got closer and a record turnover was expected in Tennessee, we all heard the same thing. “I don’t care how badly you detest Marsha Blackburn, if you vote for Phil Bredesen you might as well move to Canada! Folks don’t call him ‘Fibbin’ Phil’ without a reason and Chuck Schumer needs Bredesen’s vote badly. Schumer (the quite liberal minority leader in the Senate from New York) is determined to ruin our country!” It didn’t help the angst that Blackburn and Bredesen see-sawed as favorites through the polls until the final vote. On Election Day the woman who I believe will become the worst Republican Senator in Tennessee history defeated Bredesen, 54.7 percent to 43.9. Blackburn got 1,224,763 votes statewide versus Bredesen’s 982,223. It was a race where an appalling record - millions were spent, much of it coming from out of state. To the conservatives’ relief, Blackburn’s victory in Tennessee … [Read more...] about Roy Exum: Money And A Lack Of Quality Candidates
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge
Douglas White Henderson Gleaner Published 11:20 AM EDT Sep 21, 2018 Editor's note: This story is the first of two parts. HENDERSON, Ky. — On a 4-acre patch of land in southern Henderson County, the roots of a dream are growing. Like a lot of dreams in this part of the country, it’s based in agriculture. It's even taking place on land that's been farmed by the same family for three generations. But it’s not cows, corn or soybeans that are being tended this time. It’s hemp. And that’s a product that has not been grown legally here since at least the end of World War II, when the federal government paid for thousands of acres of hemp fiber and seed to supply the nation's military needs for rope, canvas and more. Now, more than 70 years later, hemp is being grown for its oil. Cannabidiol, or CBD, oil is hailed by many as a versatile health supplement — helping everything from epilepsy and anxiety to Crohn's disease and Alzheimer's. … [Read more...] about Hemp dream taking root in Henderson County for Greenman Gardens
opinion Chuck Todd Published 5:00 AM EDT Sep 7, 2018 Editor's note: We thank The Atlantic and Chuck Todd, moderator of "Meet the Press" and the political director of NBC News, for allowing us to republish this essay, which first run on The Atlantic's website Monday with the headline, "It’s Time for the Press to Stop Complaining — And to Start Fighting Back." It is the best of many pieces written about the impact Fox News has had on politics and American society, as well as the dangers inherent in news consumers relying primarily on one source of information to the exclusion of all others. It's also a clarion call for the mass media to fight back against President Trump's claim that the nation's news media is the "enemy of the people." I've devoted much of my professional life to the study of political campaigns, not as a historian or an academic but as a reporter and an analyst. I thought I’d seen it all, from the bizarre upset that … [Read more...] about Is news mass media really enemy of the people?
opinion Peter Goodman Published 12:27 p.m. UTC Aug 26, 2018 It is difficult to get the news from poems but men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there. – William Carlos Williams Many at NMSU and in our community are aghast at the sticker price of the new Garrey Carruthers: $950,000 (vs. $373,000), and two sets of benefits; but we get two brains and four hands. Faculty raises have been rare and minimal, some profs are concerned, and now we hear more high-priced administrative positions are planned. Originally, the “university” was Socrates sitting under a tree with younger folks who thought they could learn something from him. As more students came, and maybe Plato started teaching too, they needed someone to collect the trash (or water the tree). That's the origin of college administrators — an origin too few of them care to recall. I’ve heard some good things about Dan Arvizu. I’ve also read Sun-News … [Read more...] about Will there still be room for poetry in NMSU run-like-a-business model?
Brian Lyman Montgomery Advertiser Published 3:38 p.m. UTC Jul 9, 2018 ABOUT THIS SERIES: In conjunction with the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum, the Montgomery Advertiser is running a series of stories titled "Legacy of lynchings: America’s shameful history of racial terror." Between 1877 and 1950, more than 360 African-Americans were murdered by mobs in Alabama and more than 4,000 were killed nationwide. The acts of racial terrorism, conducted in the name of white supremacy, were almost never punished; created untold human suffering, and helped contribute to the Great Migration out of the South. The series looks at the victims of lynching and the aftermath of their murders, the Advertiser’s indifference to the terror and the potential impact of the memorial, both on the city and in the long process of reconciliation. Almost all we know about Robin White comes from his killers or those who watched his final … [Read more...] about The lynching of Robin White and the confession of George Howard