David Plazas, The Tennessean

David Plazas

The Tennessean

Nashville, TN, United States

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Recent articles by David:

Voting by mail is safer and more reliable than ever. So, why has it become such a partisan issue?

Instances of voter fraud are so few and far between in Tennessee and the nation, and Republicans seem to be benefiting from absentee voting. → Read More

Jackson Generals must be held accountable and repay taxpayers

Jackson Generals must be held accountable and repay taxpayers | Editorial → Read More

Every Tennessee voter should request an absentee ballot

There are 14 legal reasons to receive an absentee ballot in Tennessee. Fear of COVID-19 is not one them, but other states have changed laws to adapt. → Read More

Gov. Bill Lee should move away from ESA and toward investing more in Tennessee public schools

COVID-19 has upended the school year for Tennessee's 1 million students. The Education Account Savings ruling should reset the state's priorities. → Read More

Give during The Big Payback to help boost nonprofits amid coronavirus crisis

The Big Payback is a 24-hour virtual fundraiser that starts at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6. → Read More

Why freedom of the press is a matter of life and death in coronavirus era

Journalists work hard to be accurate, trustworthy, and to report truthfully. Facts and good information matter especially when lives are stake. → Read More

Don't go back to business as usual when Tennessee's economy reopens

As Tennessee state and municipal COVID-19 stay-at-home orders expire, citizens should keep social distancing, good hygiene and respect for each other. → Read More

Tennessee cities are better positioned than most, but they won't be spared coronavirus financial pain

Tennessee's regressive tax system may have shielded municipalities somewhat from the economic crush of COVID-19, but they are still hurting. → Read More

How public television can help salvage Tennessee children's school year amid coronavirus| Plazas

Tennessee Department of Education has partnered with PBS stations statewide. This will create learning opportunities and bridge the digital divide. → Read More

Dear young people: Take coronavirus seriously. Too many of you are not right now

Nearly half the Tennesseans who tested positive for COVID-19 were between 21 and 40 years old. Many folks are not taking the pandemic seriously. → Read More

Tennessee Voices videocast (Episode 1): Patrick Ryan, president of Tennessee World Affairs Council

The Tennessee Voices videocast brings readers interviews with authors of insightful and compelling guest columns. → Read More

Your grocery store worker deserves your gratitude

Grocery store workers are essential employees in the coronavirus fight. Customers unhappy when toilet paper runs out should not blame the cashiers. → Read More

I am a millennial who recovered from a treatable, but horrible, virus. Don't take coronavirus lightly.

Pandemic viruses like the coronavirus sneak up on you. One day you feel fine, and the next day you are fighting for your life. → Read More

Coronavirus crisis should prompt Tennessee lawmakers to allow all voters to vote by mail

Tennessee is one of 22 states that does not allow no-excuse absentee voting. In the COVID-19 era, reform the system so voters can vote from home. → Read More

Adrienne Battle is the right leader for Nashville schools right now

The Nashville school board appointed Adrienne Battle as permanent director and suspended its director search in a special meeting on Friday. → Read More

Tennessee tornado victims need our support, and we need to know their stories

A chance encounter with a North Nashville resident affected by the March 3 twisters gave me better perspective on her life, her needs and her worries. → Read More

On coronavirus in Tennessee, preparation and prevention, not panic, are essential

The first case of coronavirus COVID-19 has been confirmed in Tennessee. Citizens can best deal with it by being informed and practicing good hygiene. → Read More

Nashville community leaders share messages of support after devastating tornado

Area business, nonprofit and community leaders are sharing inspiring words to help the Nashville area recover after the tornado. → Read More

Meet Vivian Wilhoite, candidate for Davidson County Property Assessor in the March 3 primary

Vivian Wilhoite was first elected as Assessor of Property for Davidson County in 2016. She is running for re-election unopposed. → Read More

Meet Tillman Payne, candidate for Criminal Court Division 4 in the March 3 primary

Attorney Tillman Payne III is facing Judge Jennifer Smith, who was appointed in 2018 to the bench to succeed retiring Judge Seth Norman. → Read More