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Speaking clearly — can government really do it?

For almost a month, the government has been required to communicate in plain language.

On Oct. 13 President Obama signed into law the Plain Writing Act of 2010. The stated purpose of the new law “is to improve the effectiveness and accountability of Federal agencies to the public by promoting clear Government communication that the public can understand and use.”

Have you been able to tell a difference?

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Controversial speech perfect start for new Forum

Kelly King got the Knoxville Economics Forum off to a rousing start on Friday, even if some of his assertions were a bit of a stretch. The loquacious chairman of BB&T Corp. brought the right mix of commentary, controversy and insight to the first of what I hope will be a long series of talks by distinguished speakers.

King caught some of those in the Forum’s audience off guard by pushing a political agenda. Clearly, anyone who says voters need to eliminate the “fundamentally socialist” attitude that controls Congress, is being politicial.

At first, I was put off by the tone of King’s remarks. But as I thought about his talk over the weekend it occurred to me that his speech was perfect for the Forum’s first event.

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Truck stop vs. travel center

That sound you heard a few days ago were jaws dropping in newsrooms all over Knoxville when a certain political TV ad began airing.

For years the Pilot PR machine has bashed anyone in the local media who was foolish enough to describe the business founded by James A Haslam II, the company’s powerful and politically connected chairman, as a truck stop operator.

The hammer has come down hard on those who dared utter “Pilot” and “truck stop” in the same sentence. It’s travel centers. Repeat: travel centers. Don’t make that mistake again.

Which makes one wonder how the TV spot ever saw the light of day.

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