The Business of Equity – by Deborah Levine

Originally published in The Chattanooga Times Free Press Our Tennessee state legislature has made it illegal for educators to say that systemic racism is an American phenomenon. Making sure to successfully intimidate teachers, they’ve threatened to withhold funds if the proper words in their estimation aren’t used.  At the same time, Chattanooga’s Chamber of Commerce … Continue reading The Business of Equity – by Deborah Levine

Support those businesses that are using their voices on Georgia’s new voting law – by Deborah Levine

Originally published in The Chattanooga Times Free Press The world has been fascinated by the arrival of the British culture wars on American shores with former Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.  Millions of people watched Oprah Winfrey interviewed them and the show was the highest-rated entertainment special since the February 2020 Oscars ceremony. While some … Continue reading Support those businesses that are using their voices on Georgia’s new voting law – by Deborah Levine

A shadow pandemic of gender violence – by Deborah Levine

Originally published in The Chattanooga Times Free Press As we come to the end of March, Women’s History Month, we need to see this time as a wake up call regarding women’s safety. The shootings at Asian spas in Atlanta, where most of the victims were women, underscore the vulnerability of these women. Yes, the … Continue reading A shadow pandemic of gender violence – by Deborah Levine

Red Flag at Half-Staff – by Deborah Levine

Originally published in The Chattanooga Times Free Press The White House lowered its flag in mourning for victims at the FedEx facility. It’s hardly the first time this year that this flag has been flown at half-staff. There have been 147 mass shootings, defined as killing four or more people not including the shooter, since … Continue reading Red Flag at Half-Staff – by Deborah Levine

Fraud, Politics and Old Folks – by Deborah Levine

Originally published in The Chattanooga Times Free Press I paid close attention when an old friend jokingly asked on Twitter: “Can anyone tell me why I’m so Angry all the time?” But it’s not so funny that rage is the new normal. We’ve gotten louder and more contentious, as we’ve suddenly been catapulted into a … Continue reading Fraud, Politics and Old Folks – by Deborah Levine

Pandemic futurists wanted – by Deborah Levine

Originally published in The Chattanooga Times Free Press  “Yellow Terror” arrived in the mail out of the blue. I opened to the first page and I’m sure my face turned pale as I read, “Poor Shreveport! Woe-stricken Memphis! How afflicted, how lamentable you are… Friends, dearly beloved have been laid low, and the very air … Continue reading Pandemic futurists wanted – by Deborah Levine

The 60 second smile – by Deborah Levine

Originally published in The Chattanooga Times Free Press I’m addicted to watching TV news shows, especially “This Morning’s Eye Opener: Your World in 60 seconds”. It’s everything I need to know in just one minute.  We ran out of names for hurricanes predicted to decimate coastal lives and Trump’s EPA prevents legal suits against polluters … Continue reading The 60 second smile – by Deborah Levine

Serving up rage and revenge – by Deborah Levine

Originally published in The Chattanooga Times Free Press  Biden continues with a presidential transition while an enraged Trump plants land mines and trip wires. Tump’s niece predicted the situation saying, “He’s not going to engage in the normal activities that guarantee a peaceful transition. All he’s got now is breaking stuff, and he’s going to … Continue reading Serving up rage and revenge – by Deborah Levine

Come together over health care – by Deborah Levine

Originally published in The Chattanooga Times Free Press COVID-19 cases are on the rise and it’s upsetting to see the rising number of hospitalizations in so many states. It’s even more upsetting that the White House told Governor Lee to mandate the wearing of masks to head off a likely surge in Tennessee. But it’s … Continue reading Come together over health care – by Deborah Levine

Eat that pizza now – by Deborah Levine

Originally published in The Chattanooga Times Free Press In this week of chaos, I looked online for occasional moments of relief. I found fascinating videos of animals looking for food in all the wrong places: an escaped ostrich-like emu stopping highway traffic and of a herd of elephants crossing a street into a village. But … Continue reading Eat that pizza now – by Deborah Levine