About 10 years ago, I got a notice from “the city,” informing me that effective immediately, my family should begin separating and sorting the recyclables from our trash.

“America can fight back against bullies” declares Mr. Robert Reich in the Oct. 4 edition of The Greeneville Sun. Well, you got that right. That very fact is what elected Donald Trump.

I was Greeneville High School’s first “queen.” It was my idea to have a football queen, and this was the beginning of “Homecoming Queen.” When I approached the faculty with my idea, they agreed that the school should have a football queen.

In 2016 Democrats were handed a gift named Donald Trump, a bumbling, blurting, barstool political ignoramus who nonetheless managed to insult his way into the presidency, despite all their “best” — and I mean worst — efforts.

The power of the press rests in the ability of journalists to hold government accountable, to mobilize public opinion on matters that are important to individuals, communities or the nation, and to provide necessary information of value.

Anyone still unsure of how (or even whether) they’ll vote in the midterm elections should consider this: All three branches of government are now under the control of one party, and that party is under the control of Donald J. Trump.

In a speech announcing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) reminded me of some of the great orators of the past. Her speech was measured in tone, substantive in content and delivered with conviction.

Back in 1975, Tom T. Hall sang, “I like beer, it makes me a jolly good fellow. I like beer, it helps me unwind and makes me feel mellow. Whiskey’s too rough, Champagne costs too much, vodka puts my mouth in gear. This little refrain should help me explain, as a matter of fact I like beer.”

One of the lasting — and perhaps most important — pieces of Dolly Parton’s legacy will be the Imagination Library, the program that puts books in the hands of Tennessee children from birth to age 5, at no cost to their families.

This week, Brett Kavanaugh’s fate will likely be determined. The FBI will fact-find the various decades-old allegations and present its findings for the Senate Judiciary Committee, and maybe more importantly, the court of public opinion, to judge.

When I was a wee lad, my father taught me a new phrase: “planned obsolescence.” I had asked him, “Why don’t cars last forever?” Maybe I saw an old grandfather clock, or some other timeworn item, and wondered why they seemed to last forever, while cars had to be replaced every few years.

Millennials (and their younger siblings from Generation Z) are the largest, most diverse and progressive group of potential voters in American history, comprising fully 30 percent of the voting-age population.

The Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus announced last year it was closing after a 146-year run, largely because of high operating costs, costly legal battles with animal rights groups and declining ticket sales, especially after elephants were retired from the show.