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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Silent treatment on deficit won’t last long

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Column as I see ’em …

    Something tells me we won’t see very many repeat episodes of the silent treatment the fiscal court’s budget woes received during last Tuesday’s meeting.

    It was stunning, really, to sit through that meeting knowing full well the fiscal court is staring straight down the barrel of a $400,000 budget deficit and not hearing one single mention of that problem.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Hoping new fiscal court can fix old one’s ‘dumb’ recycling mistakes

    To the editor:

    This letter is aimed directly at the recycling blunder of the fiscal court.

    But first, let me pull my foot out of my own mouth. I was and still am an open supporter of the recycling project proposed by the fiscal court, and if I said it once I’ll say it a thousand times: recycling will work but only if managed right.

  • Things I learned the hard way while walking with God

    By Eboney Whiteside

    Faith Columnist

    My walk with the Lord has not always been an easy one. I remember thinking when I dedicated my life to Jesus that everything around me was going to instantly change for the better.

    It was as if I thought God, this magical being, was sitting in Heaven ready to fulfil my every request whenever I wanted him to.

    Boy was I wrong.

  • Taxpayers sucker punched by fiscal court deficit

    By Ben Carlson

     

    Column as I see ’em …

    I’d normally do a private version of the Snoopy dance when something I’ve warned about for years comes true, but I’m in no mood to dance over this and after reading this week’s front page, I’m sure you aren’t, either.

    The prospect of the fiscal court having to borrow $400,000 to balance its budget is nothing short of an outrage.

  • Time to order your seeds

    As the saying goes, “I’ve reached the age when my train of thought often leaves the station without me.”

    I just forgot last week’s column and I blame it on the holidays. We all have our routines. Now that we’re back to what passes for normal, has anyone taken notice of our increased light?

  • Use these tips to ward off firewood insects

    Many people use a wood-burning stove for heat or occasionally light some logs in the fireplace for enjoyment on cold winter nights. However, a quiet rick of firewood can harbor its own life.

  • Did Grimes even read outdoor column?

    To the editor:

    This is a response to a letter in last week’s paper by Roy Grimes, titled “Outdoor columnist should get facts on elk lottery.”

    My Jan. 7 outdoors column in The Anderson News was three-quarters of a page in length, yet one sentence stirred up Roy Grimes.

  • Family pets live forever in our hearts

    By Jane Sinnett

    Guest Columnist

    As I sat with my cup of tea wondering what I should put in the Anderson Humane Society’s first column of the new year, I debated on being witty, serious, straightforward or off-to-the-side. I’m not sure what I came up with but as I looked at our newest family member, I began to go back in time – 44 years back. That was when my husband and I adopted our first shelter animal.