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Thanks for the Standing Ovation of Anger, I guess

By Ben Carlson

The standing ovation I received during Monday's forum on proposed changes to Saffell Street Elementary School is appreciated.

Unfortunately, I don't think it was deserved.

Last week I called out the small group of parents who oppose mingling Saffell students with those from the other two schools because of their wrong-headed fear that doing so will force their children into schools with "county" kids. In short, children these wrong-minded parents consider to be rednecks.


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Changing Saffell school makes fiscal, common sense

By Ben Carlson

The only people who like change, it has been said, are babies with wet diapers.

Such is the case with proposed changes to the Anderson County school system, as some parents and teachers are crying foul over the board of education's proposal to do what's right for all at the expense of a few and alleviate overcrowding at the middle school.

The only viable of two options is to convert Saffell Street Elementary School into a fifth- and sixth-grade campus and spread students in grades one through four to the two remaining elementary schools.


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Older, but not so wiser

By Jay Cason

If one of my mentors was correct when he repeatedly opined, "When a person stops learning, he starts dying," I don't need to worry about my preordained encounter with the Grim Reaper anytime soon.

At almost 62, I'm still learning valuable new lessons. Unfortunately, much of the recent lessons-learned might be easily categorized "Should Have Known Better."


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No venison, but hunt was a success

By Ben Carlson

The coyote began to howl and I knew yet another morning hunt was shot to heck and back.

After an exciting Saturday afternoon during which my 11-year-old son saw, shot at and missed his first deer, and my 7-year-old observed (and subsequently scared away) a buck chase a doe through the woods, we were primed for Sunday morning and the promise of finally putting some venison in the freezer.


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Thanksgiving leftovers

By Tim McCarthy

Welcome to the holiday season, the craziness has begun.

Traffic jams, maniac shoppers, frayed nerves and rude behavior will soon become commonplace during what is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year.

The key to enjoying the holidays is patience and forgiveness. Forgive those who dont drive well, who cut in line and give you dirty looks. Be patient with those who live in their own world and have no consideration of others. Try not to allow the nitwits to ruin your holiday.


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Thanks for sharing Gregory with us

By The Staff

Gregory Harp Jr. is gone, but his memory will live forever among those who did what they could to help him recover from a devastating accident last summer that shattered his face.

It's a rare person these days who can so capture the heart of a community. As we conduct our busy lives, the pain and misery of those around us rarely makes a blip on our collective radar screens. That wasnt the case of Gregory, who shared only a small fragment of his life with Anderson Countians but whose circumstances brought us closer together.


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City, county should help finish skate park

By Ben Carlson

That a kid on a skateboard was allegedly punched in the face and kicked by an adult shouldn't come as a shock to Anderson Countians.

Nor should it be a shock in the not-too-distant future when a skater is hit and killed by a vehicle.

After all, we, the adults of Anderson County, are the ones who collectively have ignored our children's pleas to build them a safe place to skateboard, away from traffic and bar-room bullies who allegedly assault them, as happened last Friday afternoon behind Main Street.


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Equity begins with making everyone pay for a business license

By The Staff

It appears the city council's finance committee is putting the cart before the horse while attempting to bring equity into its business license ordinance.

While the committee earns praise for at least looking at its antiquated system, it first needs to consider what a lousy job is being done to collect license fees from those who should pay but don't.


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When it comes to pizzazz, today's Mafia is falling short

By The Staff

Like a lot of other people, I've long had a weird fascination with La Cosa Nostra, the Mafia.

That widespread fascination existed long before "The Untouchables" hit the small screen in the late 1950s, or Mario Puzo published his American classic "The Godfather" in 1969.

It probably started in the 1920s and 1930s, when newspapers and radio stations began sensationalizing Italian gangsters with monikers like Frank "The Enforcer" Nitti, Salvatore "Lucky" Luciano, Giuseppe "Joe The Boss" Masseria, and most famous of them all, Alphonse "Scarface Al" Capone.


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Get off the couch and attend Saturday's Healing Field dedication

By Ben Carlson

War fatigue - the malaise that has turned a nation once chest-thumping proud of its military into one that cares only which political party gets to be in power - is rampant.

At one time, news from the war front was all this nation cared about. When newscasts weren't giving us the latest from Pacific or European Theaters, we were kept informed by trailers on the silver screen before watching John Wayne or some other Hollywood beefcake lead the charge against the Nazis.


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