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Today's Opinions

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Editor’s note: The following was written by Francis P. Church and was first published in The New York Sun in 1897. Church married shortly after the editorial appeared. He died in April, 1906, leaving no children.

    Virginia O’Hanlon went on to graduate from Hunter College with a Bachelor of Arts degree at age 21.

    Virginia O’Hanlon Douglas died on May 13, 1971, at the age of 81, in a nursing home in Valatie, New York.

  • Strange Christmas news

    I decided what better way to celebrate the Christmas season than a collection of weird news to gather with your family to laugh and/or scratch your head at.

    In Riverdale, New Jersey a man dressed as “the elf on the shelf” was charged with driving while intoxicated Friday, according to the Associated Press. Police say they found Brian Chellis passed out behind the wheel with lights on and music blaring. He reportedly seemed confused and there was an open can of beer found in the vehicle.

  • Media, politicians ‘minimize’ criminal acts in Ferguson and Staten Island

    To the editor:

    “There’s always that 10 percent,” said Sergeant King, my senior drill instructor at Parris Island. His reference was to bad behavior.

    Accordingly, imbalance describes media and political reactions to the recent grand jury decisions at Ferguson and Staten Island. Truth, justice, and two criminal acts were minimized, and criticism of the police was maximized.

  • Concert proves classical music still has a place

    By Shelley Spillman

    News Editor

    Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending the Handel’s “Messiah” concert and I want credit to Sue Lou Smith, Anderson County High School staff, students and the First Christian Church Chancel Choir for hosting a fantastic concert.

    Members of the Lexington Philharmonic added to the experience, making it a truly unforgettable concert.

  • OK, but why aren’t the scales being used?

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …

    Magistrate David Ruggles in his letter to the editor this week apparently thinks that I disagree with the fiscal court’s decision to install scales and begin charging for people to get rid of junk and yard debris.

    My beef is not with the scales; in fact, I fully support and applaud the decision to purchase them. It’s instead with the fact that the scales, as of Monday, are not being used despite being in place since earlier this year.

  • Prefers ‘column as facts dictate’

    To the editor:

    Ben Carlson’s comments in the Nov. 26 edition of the paper on the fiscal court’s decision to install scales need some clarification.

    First, the junk/trash referred to currently goes into a compactor free of charge. The fiscal court (your taxpayer money) then pays, very expensively, I might add) to haul that compactor to the Benson Valley Landfill.

  • She keeps bad boys jailed, state lets ’em go

    Column as I see ’em …

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    When the keyboard is ripped away from my mouthy fingers and I’m sent home for good, I now know how I intend to spend at least a portion of my so-called golden years.

  • Water main breaks raise infrastructure questions

    Water main breaks. They’re becoming an all too common in the city. There was another one in the Alton area off Highway 151 on Sunday. Since October, we’ve had at least one water main break every month.

    Judging from exasperated Facebook posts, I know the public is tiring of hearing about water main breaks as well.