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Today's Opinions

  • Downs wrong on not praying about moral decline

    To the editor:
    I want to commend staff writer Meaghan Downs on her contributions to The Anderson News.
    She writes in an interesting and readable style.
    I also wish to respond to her observations about the current state of our national morality and what she calls the “myth of the slippery slope.”

  • Obama’s answer could be mega churches

    To the editor:
    I must say I have questioned the reasoning behind the mega-money churches.
    What has happened to the humble white church on the hill? Faith is not found in a building, no matter what size it is. Faith is to be found in the heart of man.
    We as individuals are responsible for our own salvation, not collective salvation, as some would think.
    Years ago I heard a speaker make a good point, he said, “A man can sit in a garage forever and never be a car, the same, a man can sit in a church and never be a Christian.”

  • The land of misfit moments

    She seemed at ease with her cage, the barbed wire and tall fences surrounding the women’s prison.
    I felt relaxed, too.
    Maybe I should have been more nervous, sitting across from a convicted first-degree murderer.
    On that crisp November day, however, I was more worried about my frozen fingertips, hanging onto that scribbling pencil for dear life.
    It’s hard to translate someone’s life story burning in your ears when your numb hands refuse to cooperate.

  • No reason to oppose unified government

    We’ll find out next Tuesday exactly what those who serve on the city council and fiscal court are made of.
    That’s when both will hold a joint public meeting to hear a presentation on a unified form of government — one that will ostensibly result in a streamlined delivery of services, possibly at a better price.
    The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Stratton building in the county park.

  • It’s harvest time, so spray carefully

    It’s time to put the garden into high gear. I’m guessing the canners are jiggling and freezers are filling.
    Those of us living in the country may have noticed the increase in noise outside. The insects are so loud you almost want to shush them. That’s the sign that all the bugs are out. It’s happy hour in the garden. They know that it’s prime time for good eats.
    Your plants should be loaded by now and it’s a tough time to treat for pests. There are a variety of methods to protect your food.

  • Thompson’s shallow analysis on church buildings misses point

    I wish to respond to Jess Thompson’s column from last week in which he sharply criticized nearly every local church for having buildings which he deemed excessive in their size or cost.  He described them as “mega buildings.”  By any commonly accepted definition there are no mega churches in Anderson County.  And, even if there were, that would not necessarily be a bad thing.  A mega church is given the opportunity to do mega ministry.  

  • Backpack Buddies needs community’s support

    Did you know that 47 percent or approximately 3,800 Anderson County children receive free or reduced school meals? Did you ever wonder what those children eat on the weekends?
    We do. We are Anderson County Backpack Buddies, a tax-exempt, non-profit organization that helps feed those children on the weekends.

  • Late night fireworks made animals, humans suffer

    To the editor:
    I want to comment about the terrible fireworks that were going off all over town (during the Fourth of July).
    They seemed like they would never stop, and think of all of the people who have heart trouble, cancer, have trouble breathing and all of the other health problems people have.
    Think also about our pets, including dogs, which have a greater sensitivity to loud noises. My dog suffered so terribly that he got into a closet and we had to set a fan in there to keep it cool and from having a heart attack.