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Today's Opinions

  • Columns that stuck in 2013

    Since I started writing opinion columns for The Anderson News, I spend the last week of the year ripping those same columns to shreds.
    I retroactively go over the sentences I loved writing and the people that inspired them. The ill-conceived, awkward sentence constructions I wish died on the keyboard as I typed them. The brilliant, sophisticated prose I dreamed only after our Monday deadline.
    I don’t mentally review every single one of the nearly 52 columns I wrote in 2013.

  • Library can help keep resolutions

    Like a lot of other people, when the New Year rolls around, I make several resolutions. And like a lot of other people, by the time February rolls around, I give up on most of them. Sometimes I give up because I don’t really intend to get a second job or clean my house more often, anyway. But other times, I give up because I don’t have what I need to reach my goal.

  • With new year here, it’s time to be a nut

    Happy New Year. The year 2014 is upon us. No one knows what our futures will bring. Kind of exciting, when you think about it. It’s like going to a surprise movie. You never know what you’ll experience.
    We can plan and organize all we want, but life is going to happen and directions may change. People will come and go in our lives. Events will change our hearts. Inventions and trends will lead the way to the future. I’d say that’s pretty exciting.

  • Case ‘lost control of environment’

    To the editor:
    I believe Carolyn Case’s intentions for the grandchild were much better than that which seems to have resulted after losing control of her environment.
    I still believe she was trying to protect the child. I am somewhat confident that authorities surely know by now that she did take good care of those granddaughters prior to the parents moving into her house.
    I have to wonder why she did not get adequate advice all this time — since the sad news has been repeatedly reported — regardless who pays the counselor.

  • Never too early to plan for retirement

    Are you ready to retire? Even if retirement is many years away, it still is a good idea to annually review your plans and see if you are making progress.
    Talk to a retirement counselor at work if you are within 10 years from retirement. A one-hour conversation now may help you make financial decisions that will benefit you later.

  • 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, NY.

  • Engaged couple runs to spread Christmas cheer

    Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus —
    Running down Broadway?
    No, really.
    I know — I was as skeptical as you when I got the call from one of our advertising representatives, Tamara Smith, last Friday afternoon.
    The conversation on the phone was one of those where I repeated everything she told me incredulously because, really.
    “Santa? On Broadway? OK … ”
    A Santa and his partner-in-crime Mrs. Claus running down a Lawrenceburg street?
    Sure. Why not?

  • Where your holiday meal came from

    Spanky, Tiller, Zeus, Lacy and I wish you all a Merry Christmas. This is probably the only time of year when you want to get three F’s, family, fun and food. I thought this would be an especially good time to focus on food.
    Special dishes will grace many tables, only to be followed by many satisfied groans. We’re very lucky to have so much bounty, but did you take a moment to remember where all that food came from?