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Today's Opinions

  • Future state workers better think twice before taking job

    To the editor:
    Pension problem solved?
    Not by a long shot, the revised Senate Bill 2 did soften the language on cost of living adjustments, taking it from no cost of living adjustment ever to if surplus funds are available.
    That means if assets are above 100 percent of the actuarial liabilities, cost of living adjustments could return. This actually means no cost of living adjustments ever again, in nicer words.

  • Large tax increase a bad idea for board of health

    Column as I see ’em …
    It’s fairly surprising that the health department director is pushing for a 33 percent revenue increase in the agency’s next budget. (See A1 for details).
    I get why he’s doing it; the department took a major revenue blow this year thanks to a Medicaid insurer that is refusing to pay its bills, and he’s right that those who work there should not have to endure another year of furlough days.

  • How not to give constructive criticism

    Column as I see ’em …
    Remember the column I wrote a couple of weeks ago about my trip to the dentist? The one that began with my dentist jokingly calling the newspaper “goofy?”
    Well, a coward chastised me with an unsigned letter this week, claiming that my dentist was actually trying to tell me that I’m a “dumb***.”
    Language, madam, please!

  • No evidence of so-called ‘false doctrine’

    To the editor:
    David Lanius stated that Adam’s sins did not separate him (David Lanius) from God in the “Adam’s Sins and Mine” on the Faith page of The Anderson News in the March 13 edition.
    And that though the consequences of Adam’s sins was that sin entered the world, we don’t inherit Adam’s sins (I use the plural only because Mr. Lanius did.) Sin is not sin. I also find it disingenuous that he would use inherited sin rather than imputed sin.

  • No magic food to provide all you need

    A question was raised in the diabetes education class about which beans are healthier choices.
    Specifically the class member wanted to know if beans were all about the same in the total amount of carbohydrates.
    Several class members are starting to use carb counting as a method to improve their diet.

  • Take a class at Green Thumb University

    Spring snows are so funny. No one runs out for milk and bread. It just sort of appears in the air, always making us feel colder.
    I checked the Old Farmer’s Almanac and it was off by a week. Looking into April and beyond, I don’t see the word snow mentioned again, but “wet and cool” gets a lot of ink.

  • Send Easter egg hunt photos to the News

    I found the Easter egg nestled among clean clothes in my laundry basket.
    Not on Easter morning.
    Weeks later.
    An eight-hour drive later, after I was already back in my off-campus apartment in Seward, Neb.
    After I finally decided to put my clothes away because that’s what adults do after they’ve finished using their parents’ washer and dryer.
    Never fear; the egg contained individually wrapped candy, not a hardboiled center quick to stink and hasty to rot.

  • Searching for fairness in all the wrong places

    The adage “all is fair in love and war” is true, and the Anderson County Fiscal Court should remember that business is a subsidiary of the latter.
    Government, regardless the size, cannot dictate fairness any more than it can dictate morality, including the fiscal court’s ongoing and painful attempt to make its business license ordinance “fair.”
    That was the goal when magistrates spent more than an hour last Tuesday trying to rewrite the ordinance that requires most, but not all, businesses to purchase a license.