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Columns

  • COLUMN: Show me the statute

    We’ve come to a sad pass when unelected bureaucrats in Frankfort can mislead us in order to protect their little fiefdoms.
    That government officials would make misleading statements (OK, lies) should not come as a shock. The interchangeable cast of characters in D.C. does so with regularity, including that costs would go down if the government “fixed” health care. If you don’t work for local government and pay for your own health insurance, please raise your hand if your premiums were reduced this year.
    Didn’t think so.

  • COLUMN: Stuck between ice and more ice

    There are times in life when it is OK, or even preferred, to want to be the center of attention. The day you are born, your wedding day, or maybe a high school or college graduation, for instance.
    Friday, however, was not one of those days for me, but I stole the spotlight for a few minutes anyway.
    Anyone who has ever visited our office or driven by it on US 127 knows we have quite a hill to climb to work each morning.

  • COLUMN: 2010 is shaping up snowier than 1989

    By Shawn Crowe

  • COLUMN: Trusty tricks to battle winter’s worst

    Well, we had a little weather. I’m still hiking up the hill. When the ice man cometh, he brings all kinds of challenges.
    Shoveling an 800-foot drive by hand is not my idea of a swell time, but it does give you lots of time to think and appreciate nature. After all, it’s just a little water, and look at all the mayhem it caused.

  • COLUMN: Gift cards, donations will help animals

    This holiday season, please remember the homeless dogs and cats at the animal shelter.
    While most of us are spending time with our families, these animals have no family, and no home, to call their own. Here are some ways you can help this holiday season:
    Most pets that arrive at shelters and rescues are frightened in their new surroundings.
    And sadly, many are forced to sit and sleep on hard cement floors that are hot in the summer and cold in the winter, since shelters and rescues don’t normally have the budget to supply soft bedding.

  • COLUMN: Unlikely partners team up for worthy cause

    Column as I see ’em …
    You probably didn’t see this coming.
    The Anderson News and the fiscal court have teamed up (hard to believe, I know) in an effort to promote the county’s ever-improving recycling effort.
    On Dec. 20, our Monday paper (The Anderson News Extra) will include a flyer spelling out all of the times, dates, etc., to have your recyclables alongside the road.

  • COLUMN: To give and to receive

    One of my best friends recently became a mother, and I, along with our other friends, am completely smitten with her beautiful daughter, Cecelia.
    I wanted to get baby CeCe a gift for Christmas, and ended up settling on an ornament her parents can love now and she can appreciate in the future. It is personalized to serve as a memento of her first Christmas.

  • COLUMN: All of the signs point to a cold winter

    Brrrrrrrr, and double brrrrrr. Baby, it’s cold outside. Even Spanky’s wearing a coat. Spanky is my only shorthaired dog and she loves to wear her faux leather, fur-lined coat. Go figure. I love to wear my long underwear.
    Dressing in layers is about the only way to stay warm as winter settles in for a few months. Keeping your head and chest warm is key. You lose up to 90 percent of your body heat through the top of your head. If these temperatures continue, I’ll have more layers than an onion by the time spring rolls round.

  • COLUMN: Anderson County — working for students

    By Sheila Mitchell

  • COLUMN: Unexpected inspiration

    Sometimes inspiration hits you in a way you least expect it.
    To my surprise, this was exactly the case on Tuesday afternoon.
    There is no need to get into grand detail, but I would like to publicly thank Ms. Georgia Kennerly for her very kind and much appreciated thank you card.
    I agree with you in hoping that someone somewhere will benefit from last week’s column.
    Actually that is my hope every week.