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Sunday, January 16, 2022

Opinion

The shepherds had nothing to offer, yet were first to the king

Imagine in 2021, when a direct descendant to the throne is born, a team being dispatched from the royal palace to a factory somewhere in the outskirts of London to tell the assembly line workers, “A queen has been born, and you’re the first to know.” That’s what the shepherds of biblical times were: the equivalent of 21st century blue-collar workers. Not the rich or the famous or the well-respected, but the people that many of the rich and famous and well-respected tend to thumb their noses at.

Garrett: Shooting the messenger

Whether it’s a shoplifting incident or a drug bust or a domestic altercation, the stories we report aren’t intended to embarrass anyone or hoist someone up in the public square for mocking and humiliation. That’s not our job. But neither is it our job to hide information because someone might be embarrassed or humiliated. If we do either one, we aren’t worth much.

Garrett: We need to rediscover the grace and humility of 1865

Following four years of bloodshed that resulted in the loss of more than 600,000 lives, President Abraham Lincoln and his fellow countrymen welcomed their Southern comrades back into the Union with open arms. Today, we're seeing our nation ripped apart by what increasingly seem like irreconcilable differences. Where have we gone wrong?
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Opinion: What the Kyle Rittenhouse case tells us

Now that the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial is over — he was acquitted, in case you live under a rock — can we have...

Kadon Babb and the legacy of a man: A life worth remembering

Opinion: Independent Herald Publisher Ben Garrett writes that Scott Countians should never forget Kadon Babb, because he was an exemplary example of how to live life in a way that brightens the days of everyone around us.

A disgrace to football, a disgrace to coaching

Intentionally trying to embarrass a bunch of high school kids to satisfy your own adult ego speaks volumes about your character, or lack thereof. When the score is 59-0 at the end of the first quarter, it’s pretty apparent that the other team can’t stop you. If you’re playing your backups, and the backups to your backups, that’s one thing. When you’re still playing your starters and going for two when it’s already 104-0, the “it’s the other team’s job to stop them” line doesn’t hold water.

Garrett: For now, at least, Tennessee football is fun again

It’s 3:50 p.m. on a Monday afternoon. Mondays are my busiest day of the week, even since the Independent Herald’s switch to an all-digital...

Pulled pork: So easy and so cheap!

When summer begins to transition to fall and that chill shows up in the air for the first time, I think of pulled pork....

Opinion: A switch to remote learning shouldn’t automatically impact extra-curricular activities

As schools in Scott County join the long — and growing — list of schools from across the state that are being forced to...

Editorial: Lee administration is hamstringing schools

There are increasing signs that the latest surge of coronavirus is at or near its peak. And, if places where the covid surge fueled...

Opinion: We stood united, but we couldn’t hold on

As I drove by the courthouse square in Cookeville, Tenn. and saw the impromptu candlelight vigil that was taking place on the lawn, it...

Opinion: Let the teachers teach, and the administrators lead

With obstruction efforts being launched from the very top on down, there’s never been a more difficult time to be in education. Whether you’re a...

Garrett: The year of the yellow jacket

Nature is full of old wives’ predictions this time of year. When hornets build their nests high (or when they build their nests low, depending...
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