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Today's Opinions

  • Sorry for disrespecting Conway, staff

    To the editor:
    The statement “It’s hard to be humble” is true.
    A couple of weeks ago I called Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway’s office. He was not there at the time, so I spoke to his secretary.
    After giving her an earful of problems, I soon realized how disrespectful I was to her.

  • Editor Carlson should keep ‘falsehoods’ out of newspaper

    To the editor:
    I would like to make some comments concerning an article in the June 5 edition of The Anderson News and Editor Ben Carlson’s column in the June 12 edition titled “Search for .22 round a living nightmare.”
    Gene and Kathy Linzy stated that the IRS sent them 88 inappropriate questions and only gave them two weeks to answer them. That is over 4.5 hours per question and to me seems sufficient. If there is any way for you to make those questions public, please do so.

  • Bringing sewing machines back to life

    The Mad Hermit of the Hill brings sewing machines back to life in the basement of a spacious, two-story Lawrenceburg log cabin.
    His patients — the black swans of antique Singers and their white and squat modern offspring — wait in queue for Nelson Maynard, the one-stop repair shop at Nelson Maynard Sewing Machine Service and Repair.
    Maynard himself sits perched on a stool in front of a modern Singer 5825 C model, pausing a moment to snap a photo of a common sewing machine problem for his Facebook page.

  • The perfect choice for library’s PR agent

    Dear Anderson Public Library Board of Trustees,
    I read in this week’s edition of The Anderson News (see A1) that you are considering hiring a public relations firm to help improve the library’s image.
    Despite being the person viewed by several (or more) of your board members as responsible for creating the library’s negative image in the first place, please consider this letter as official notice that I’m applying for job of repairing it.
    Oh, stop laughing. I’m serious about this!

  • From Meaghan’s mailbag: Twins separated at birth, $50 well spent and Wolfman?

    Given the choice, I’d prefer to lick envelopes than type e-mails.
    Letter writing, to me, can still be an art form.
    That’s all it is now, really.  
    You sit down with a carefully chosen piece of stationery and your favorite smooth-inked pen.
    You reflect on the week’s events and write them down unhurriedly, mostly because you’ve now forgotten how to hold a pen.
    You are a modern calligrapher, you tell yourself. Your seasick, unreadable cursive letter will one day be kept behind plated glass, a symbol of a bygone era.

  • Dance to light of super-silvery moon

    Besides the warm weather, do you know what I love most about summer? It’s the most colorful time of the year. Everywhere I look, whether it’s in the wild or around the lawn, beautiful blooms abound.
    Here on the farm, I have a bumper crop of hairy vetch and honeysuckle. That beautiful purple spire of the hairy vetch sets off the yellow and cream blooms of the honeysuckle covering the banks. As the heat and humidity rise, the scent of the blooms fill the air. I love summer, and it’s almost here.

  • Instead of building swimming pool here, join effort in Franklin County

    Now that the talk of making the dream of a swimming pool a possible reality in Anderson County has begun again, I’d like to offer a citizen’s suggestion related to our county needing a facility to provide activities for both our children and adults.
    Most of us would agree that our county is in dire need of a facility that would provide a place for youth to hang out and spend time with friends, and most of us would prefer that their activities be of a healthy nature.

  • Tired of school system, local government dumping on us

    To the editor:
    For the past few years while reading The Anderson News and Anderson County politics, I’ve got angry, just shook my head and made a few comments on Facebook about our so called government.
    During the last election, I will have to say that [editor] Ben Carlson WAS NOT my favorite person, but since the election I have really enjoyed his editorials, mainly because the truth hurts.
    Last week’s editorial should win him an award, especially if you live in Anderson County and pay taxes.