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Ronald Hart is a syndicated op-ed humorist, award-wining author and TV/radio commentator. His columns are carried in over forty newspapers and online publications including USA Today, Forbes, The Daily Caller, Orange County Register, Dallas News and Panama City News Herald.


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Capitalism amid sex, drugs at Bonnaroo

Every few years, I attend Bonnaroo, yielding to an unexplained allure. Bonnaroo is a fantastic series of concerts on a 700-acre farm between Nashville and Chattanooga, Tenn. It is like an annual Woodstock, where modern-day hippies and music lovers camp for four days and watch top bands play. I do not camp, however. As I came to discover, camping outdoors involves the outdoors, and I do not like discomfort in any form. The outdoors is best left outdoors.

I was initially told that Bonnaroo is a made-up word that means nothing, like "lollapalooza" or "congressional ethics." Later, I found out that the word is Cajun slang for "fun."

Bonnaroo is attended mostly by folks adorned with nose rings and tattoos, wearing bathing suits that they really should have reconsidered. Although I am steadfastly against more government, I really think some of these women should apply for a permit to wear a two-piece. Bill Clinton could chair the committee to review applicants; he'd like...full column text

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Columns by Ronald Hart. Ron grew up in Tennessee and began writing a column for his hometown paper in 2002. He attended The University of Memphis and the Institute for Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University. Ron graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected student government president. Upon getting his MBA, he went to work for Goldman Sachs. He was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents by then Governor Lamar Alexander and is now a private investor. He appears on CNN and has been quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal. His columns reflect a rare combination of Southern libertarian views and humor. They have been described as "Lewis Grizzard meets P.J. O'Rourke with a dash of Will Roger's horse sense". His columns are carried by 30 newspapers with a total weekly circulation of approximately 1 million readers.