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Today's Opinions

  • Proclaiming dismay over library, Obama

    To the editor:
    I would like to thank Ben Carlson for enlightening all of us about the money being spent by our public library. Furthermore, as we have learned, some folks there like skating around the legal ramifications concerning tax dollars.
    Well, let’s not blame them totally for their incompetence because the resident in the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue claims that award.

  • Search for .22 round a living nightmare

    It was common when I was in high school for me to dig deep for milk money and pull several loose .22 rounds out of my pants pocket while sorting my change.
    The lunch lady at the cash register didn’t run away screaming and the local police department’s version of a S.W.A.T. team didn’t storm the building.
    It was a fact in our rural little town that boys (and a fair number of girls) had and used guns. Seeing them hanging from racks in the rear windows of their trucks parked outside the school building was as unremarkable as it was commonplace.

  • The Beatles, robots and helping people

    Robots could lead lost Alzheimer’s patients to their rooms with a little help from the Beatles.
    “We discovered music helped seniors regain some of their memory,” Quetzal Velasco told me at the Extension building Monday afternoon.
    Quetzal is not an engineer.  She’s not an Alzheimer’s disease specialist.
    She is 15, and a member of the local LEGO Legends team that programs robots through workshops (there are several coming up this summer) and competitions to help solve real problems.

  • Coffee maker little help for needy kids

    Column as I see ’em …
    Raise your hand if you think it’s acceptable to use tax dollars to feed a hungry child.
    OK, now raise your hand if you think it’s acceptable to use tax dollars to clothe that child.
    Now raise your hand if you’re OK with using tax dollars to purchase that child’s parents a coffee maker.
    Hmm. Didn’t think so.
    Those who didn’t raise their hand on the coffee pot question won’t like what they’re about to read.

  • Drinking, driving and speeding on Ballard Road

    To the editor:
    Rest in peace, my sweet four-footed friend, Sophia.
    She passed early [Monday] morning after being struck by a car. The driver did not have the courtesy to knock or leave a note.
    She will be dearly missed by many on Ballard Road.

  • No good deed goes unpunished

    To the editor:
    You may or may not have heard the phrase, “no good deed goes unpunished” and wondered why would a good deed be punished? There seems to be so few good deeds advertised and so many horrific tales in the news. Unfortunately, I now have an example.
    An 18 year-old boy was taking a walk in his neighborhood down Broadway (somewhere between Highland Avenue and Main Street) on the afternoon of Saturday, June 1 when he suddenly noticed a young blonde boy of approximately 7 years old running out into the street to retrieve his ball.

  • Defend your garden’s bounty with baby powder, onion spray

    Happy June. I think I squeezed every minute out of May. I didn’t get everything done, but I never do. For some reason, I keep thinking of new projects as I play in the garden. I did get some new trees in the ground to add a little color to the front yard. The next step is to landscape the front of the house. Oh boy!

  • Wishing Anderson County, and myself, a happy anniversary

    Inserted in your newspaper this Wednesday are the traditional two-year anniversary gifts: cotton and china.
    Not really.
    Please don’t go searching for cotton tufts or delicate china dishes tucked behind your sports section.
    Unless we have unusual coupons for all of our readers this week, they’re not there.
    Saturday marks my two-year anniversary of working at The Anderson News.
    In the lifespan of the average toddler raging through his terrible 2’s, I’ve learned to make Lawrenceburg and The Anderson News my home.