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Letters

  • Don’t put one man’s profit motives ahead of overall public interest

    To the editor:
    I read with great interest the article titled “Upset residents lobby for, get public hearing,” [in last week’s newspaper].
    I attended and participated in all planning and zoning meetings regarding Mr. Larry Cann’s zoning change request within the vicinity of Harry Wise Road, including the fiscal court meeting which this article featured.

  • Taking issue with Herndon’s ‘arrogant, petty statements’

    To the editor:
    I am very offended by the following statement Sports Editor John Herndon made in his column last week in his column titled “Carlson’s take on home-schoolers playing public sports just wrong”: “The bottom line is clear: If a school is not good enough to educate a child, why is it suddenly good enough for a child to have the privilege of playing a sport?”
    I am a product of public school education. At this present time I am a home school educator of my first grade daughter and three other preschool children.

  • Harry Wise residents won’t take zoning change lightly

    To the editor:
    As residents of Anderson County, we have come to accept the good old boy politics we witness all too often.
    That said, when the shenanigans are so blatant that one can’t avoid the smell of impropriety, even the easiest going ones of us cannot sit idly by.
    Here are the facts at hand: A resident and business owner of Anderson County who lives on Harry Wise Road has decided to subdivide his property to the tune of 17 lots.

  • Guest columnist Thompson needs a history lesson

    To the editor:
    Richard Dawkins, a well-known atheist, is purported to have commented that one should not argue with a Christian.
    That may be so. However, in Jess Thompson’s guest column titled “Atheist spreading message of nothing,” in the Aug. 31 edition of The Anderson News, I find a few minor details that may be misleading.

  • Home school mom eager to hear why kids can’t play public school sports

    To the editor:
    Thank you so much for writing your opinion [in last week’s paper] on why home-schooled children shouldn’t be allowed to play sports.
    As a mother of three athletic boys that I school at home, I can tell you that this issue is discussed often at my house.
    I too have very often wondered who is being hurt by allowing my children, who live in the district, to continue with home schooling and still be able to participate in public school sports.

  • Coaches missing out on home-schooled talent

    To the editor:
    It was with much delight that I read your column last week concerning home-schooled children and public school sports.
    I was a four-year resident of Anderson County and my three oldest children were in the public school system during these years.
    Let me go on and state from the beginning that each of my children had a positive experience within Anderson County schools.
    Recently, my family went through several big changes, including a move to Mercer County (in July) and the big one — my children are now schooled at home.

  • Home-schoolers hit government schools where it hurts most: the wallet

    To the editor:
    I would like to thank Editor Ben Carlson for his latest column in The Anderson News and for giving a platform to address his question, “What will it hurt to have home-schooled students play sports in public schools.”
    Truly, what will it hurt?
    I could sit here and argue each point that Mr. Carlson outlined in his column, however, I truly believe the bottom line is what this hurts is the pocketbook and ego of our lawmakers.

  • County fire department deserves praise

    To the editor:
    I didn’t know how to get the word out, but I just wanted to give accolades to the Anderson County Fire Department.
    I was attempting to burn a moderate pile of combustibles on Bear Creek Road and thought I had everything under control. I came in to cool off. All of a sudden, the fire was out of control and had burned something less than quarter-acre.

  • Kudos to adult day care

    To the editor:
    The Anderson County community has many assets to be proud of, and one of these resources is the Anderson County Adult Day Care.
    I was introduced to ACADC by a long time friend, Opal Phillips. After my mother passed away, Daddy moved in with my family.
    However, I needed to keep my job and did not know what Daddy would do while I was at work. I did not feel comfortable leaving him by himself.
    So, remembering Opal’s enthusiasm about the programs at the Senior Citizen’s center, I went to investigate.

  • Conway should watch language, work with Hurley

    To the editor:
    Two recent articles in The Anderson News prompted me to take a look at what might be going on with our local health department. The first thing I did to understand this problem was to reread the article “Conway wants health  
    director fired.”