Children deserve our focus

Betsy PickleOpinion

It has been two days since an 18-year-old high-school dropout stormed into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, barricaded himself in a classroom and started shooting an AR-15-style rifle, resulting …

Betsy Pickle: Embedded

Betsy PickleOpinion, South Knox

I have very little experience in writing about politics. My journalism career has leaned toward feature stories and entertainment criticism. I’m actually passionate about our government and how I think …

Sen. Massey pushes electronic billboard bill

Nick Della VolpeOpinion

Knoxville state Sen. Becky Massey is sponsoring a billboard industry sweetheart bill that creates a state override on local zoning decisions which regulate electronic billboards. It seems the philosophy underlying …

New year, different approach

Betsy PickleOpinion

I have a sketchy relationship with New Year’s resolutions.
When I was a teen and younger adult, I was devoted to the concept of setting up goals for self-improvement, starting on …

Please and thank you

Betsy PickleOpinion

For most people in this country, this is a special week. If you’re a Christian, this Saturday is the day set aside to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ some …

Fall in love with ‘West Side Story’

Betsy PickleOpinion

I love movie musicals.
I grew up after the Golden Age of Hollywood and became acquainted with the classics through pre-cable television during time slots dubbed “The Early Show” and “The …