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Monday, Sep. 1, 2014
Legalizing Sports Gambling?
Posted Monday, August 11, at 7:58 PM
What are your thoughts on legalizing sports gambling and taxing it heavily? Sports gambling in Tennessee is already a big business with huge amounts of money going to the wrong people ultimately through football cards and other items. It is both a dirty and dangerous business, especially for those who lose...

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Does TV Hold Us Captive?
Posted Wednesday, July 23, at 3:37 PM

Am I incorrect when I say television was once fairly honest and we could count on seeing news and other categories despite the fact technology at that time was a mere blip of that today? Of course we have the choice of turning it all off. Are you tired of seeing certain talking heads, self-described experts even for a brief time between advertising lawyers and the steady flow of other advertisers, usually twice in the same break, each time you tune in to the major networks?...

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Just Some Thoughts
Posted Wednesday, July 9, at 3:09 PM

America is and has been being invaded...from the South...for a long time now and it will be extremely hard to stop...because both major political parties want the Hispanic vote. The United States is and has been involved in too many wars worldwide when history and common sense should tell many of them are hopeless causes from day one...

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Iraq...Again
Posted Monday, June 16, at 3:03 PM

What do you think the United States should do about yet another outbreak of violence in Iraq? Should there be some type of help for the present government and its armed forces that have shown primarily they are good sprinters. Before anything takes place should President Obama listen to his trusted advisors, the military or the American people?...

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Gift Of Life
Posted Wednesday, May 21, at 2:33 PM

On this date 22 years ago I had a kidney transplant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The kidney came from a 34-year-old male who had passed away sometime the previous night. I still do not know the game of this caring person or his family since there was no response to the letter I had written them...

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Mom's Rose Bush
Posted Sunday, May 11, at 3:11 PM

Shortly after my mother passed away almost 32 years ago, my wife, Harriet, who was extremely close to her, took a small rose that was one of Mom's favorites and moved it to our home. Today, Mother's Day, the pink and white rose bush is blooming...just as it has done on Mother's Day every year since she passed away...

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Where Is Our Modern Infrastructure?
Posted Sunday, April 20, at 3:31 PM

We hear and read so much about our aging highways, bridges and rail systems. Why has this happened? Who is to blame? Have we spent it away in a vain attempt to buy democracy for the people of Iraq and the Afghans? I think ouir military forces have performed well despite deployment after deployment after deployment.Is this even remotely fair to them?...

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Guns In Parks
Posted Saturday, March 1, at 3:39 PM

So now many in our state government want to allow people with registered gun permits to carry weapons in all parks, regardless of how local authorities may feel on the subject. Would you feel more safe or less safe if this should be made the rule at Griffin Park or other parks in the city and county?...

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Playing Days Or Rest Of Lives?
Posted Saturday, February 22, at 3:59 PM

All of the concern about athletes and concussions gives me an opportunity to ask readers a question that has bothered me for many years. We already know too many times players who suffered concussions were sent back into action as soon as their heads cleared up a bit...

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Recreational Marijuana
Posted Monday, January 27, at 5:03 PM

I don't even like the name they've given it. As a retired sports editor I picture people, young and adults, having fun, playing games and taking part in healthy activities. Marijuana has never been a part of that picture. Oh, I forgot to mention that in 33 of those years I also covered the police beat and took crime photos 24/7 for city and county law enforcement. I certainly didn't see anything that would fall under the category of recreation...

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Looking For a Name
Posted Saturday, January 18, at 3:47 PM

While driving on North Main Street today I noticed a fairly new and fairly large Hispanic establishment and and and believe it was in a location once occupied by one of Shelbyville's biggest mysteries. Does anyone remember the name of a very small single room beer joint that most nights had a relatively large parking lot filled with cars? Is this the same location?...

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Did Lee Harvey Oswald Act Alone
Posted Wednesday, December 4, at 3:23 PM

Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone or was he part of a conspiracy to murder JFK? The rest of America offered their opinions recently during the 50th anniversary of the event. What do you think REALLY happened? Why do you feel that way? What bothers me most of all is total failure of our intelligence agencies. That's true today only worse...

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Your Thoughts on The Titans
Posted Wednesday, November 13, at 6:00 PM

What are your thoughts on the Tennessee Titans this season? I think they must draft a good quarterback in the next draft and maybe even find someone to finish up this season. Has Jake Locker, even before his multiple injuries, ever truly earned the franchise quarterback tag? The Titans haven't drafted a good quarterback since Steve McNair...

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That Ghostly Time Again
Posted Friday, October 18, at 2:57 PM

Sorry that I've used this blog in the past shortly before Halloween. I always enjoy a few new responses and even some repeated from previous years. Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever seen, heard or been annoyed by a ghost? I don't believe in ghosts but realize my opinion is only my own. Believers, I'm sure, are equally convinced ghosts exist...

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Term Limits For Congress
Posted Wednesday, October 16, at 3:10 PM

It could probably never happen because Congress would have to vote such a passage, but how would you feel about limiting congressional terms to three years...running again three years after leaving office. Same old faces, same old arguments, been there so long they only worry about being re-elected. Common sense, not party alignment, is badly needed...

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Should America Attack Syria?
Posted Wednesday, September 4, at 2:39 PM

Do you think America should attack Syria because of that government's use of poison gas on its own citizens? Are the Anerican people in favor of getting involved in yet another country based what has been accomplished in other confrontations? Can we afford it?...

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Would 12-Member Jury Have Reached Same Decision?
Posted Thursday, July 18, at 2:44 PM

Admittedly I'm been confused by the Zimmerman-Wilson trial in Florida from day one. Does Florida alaways use a six-person jury? That seems strange to me but they do a lot of things in Florida that seem strange to me, such as counting ballots. Am I wrong in assuming a couple of people with dominant personalities could more easily away the other members of a six-person jury than could happen on a 12-member jury?...

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John Stanford Memories
Posted Wednesday, July 3, at 4:07 PM

John Stanford, 77, passed away Monday morning, leaving a huge gap in the hearts of those who knew him as a coach and human being. In recent years Stanford, who played baseball at MTSU and returned as coach from 1974-87, built the school's baseball program into a tremendous success in both performance and facilities and then did a equally outstanding job as athletics director for seven years prior to retiring...

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Would Marry Her Again Every Second Of It
Posted Thursday, June 20, at 2:56 PM

This Sunday is going to be super special for me. My wonderful wife, Harriet, and I were married 56 years ago this Sunday and our marriage was also on a Sunday afternoon. There was somewhat a struggle as I attempted to slip the ring on her finger. She won out and kept me from putting it on the ring finger of her right hand...

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Should Tennesee DUI Limit Be Lowered?
Posted Friday, May 17, at 2:44 PM

Do you think Tennesee should reduce the alcohol limit from .08 to .05 percent? I'm admittredly prejudiced on the matter after seeing so many lives lost and ruined by drunk drivers. At the same time I must admit I've seen some people staggering and falling down drunk at very low alcohol levels and a few doing very well whose alcohol level should have proven to be fatal...

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette.
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