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It’s the thick of winter. Cabin fever is setting in. Incivility is worse than ever.A delightful, silly diversion is what we need about now, and Punxsutawney Phil has been delivering needed joy this … more
It’s mind-numbing to imagine, in the era of universal video, that five police officers could participate in the brutal beating of Trye Nichols, which led to his death three days later. That their … more
A few minutes into following my colleagues' coverage of a mass shooting that left 10 dead and 10 wounded during a Lunar New Year dance party, I started to wonder if years of being a journalist had … more
Rand Corporation, the think tank with origins in Cold War military planning, recently issued its latest update on gun policy research. Rand has been sifting through gun research, offering generally … more
While waiting at a red light one day, my then-4-year-old son piped up from his car seat, “Mommy, the government should give everyone a dolphin.” Yikes. How did my 4-year-old come to … more
President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are both being investigated over their handling of classified materials. While publicly disclosed information reflects that the cases are clearly … more
Entering the second half of his first term, President Biden faces a hostile, Republican-controlled House of Representatives intent on curbing what they perceive as the administration’s continued … more
“Time Enough at Last.”The new year reminds me of that classic “Twilight Zone” episode starring Burgess Meredith as a put-upon bookworm.(No, he wasn’t reading on the wing of an airplane! Get … more
For years, I’ve watched friends and acquaintances take family trips during the holiday season to exciting locations like Disney World, Hawaii, Colorado and Cracker Barrel.Until now, my family has … more
Freedom of speech is forever embattled. That is its nature. Easy to assent to in the abstract, the principle becomes more challenging when the speech at issue assails one’s most cherished values. … more
I’m filled with a renewed sense of hope all of the sudden.Truthfully, I don’t know why I feel such hopefulness.Last Friday I went to the hospital to have a hernia surgically repaired. They … more
As I write this year-end essay about 2022 trends in food and dining, I must confess that I’m playing catch-up.I have obligations and hobbies, so I wasn’t technically paying attention (i.e., … more
Whose pandemic strategy really saved lives? Which states or countries lost the most people to the virus? Or to the unintended consequences of mitigation efforts? Now there’s finally some clear, … more
One of my fondest childhood memories of Christmas in the 1970’s was riding around in the family station wagon, “Bessie,” to look at Christmas lights while I whined to my parents about needing a … more
When writing advertising copy, I sometimes find myself desperately searching for a zinger of a tag line — and settling for trite admonitions such as “Make this the best hunting season ever” or … more
Her name was Ruby. She was one of mine. A sophomore. I offered her one-on-one support in my academic lab as an intervention tier for kids who needed extra pushes in the right direction.I see her … more
As a recession looms on the horizon, many people understandably are worried about their finances and job security. While these concerns are not unfounded, constant worry and stress about things that … more
President Joe Biden vowed to end the federal government’s use of private priszons on the campaign trail. His campaign platform further stated that “the federal government should not use private … more
Danny Tyree is a lifelong small-town southerner and nationally-syndicated columnist. Danny welcomes email responses at tyreetyrades@aol.com and visits to his Facebook fan page “Tyree’s Tyrades.” more
My dog Thurber has been lying to me.It only figures, because it’s impossible to avoid mistruths these days.We just exited a miserable election cycle in which truth stretching, name calling and vote … more
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