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Today's Opinions

  • Anderson County’s bourbon a hit with soldiers following Civil War

    Early Anderson County was rich in farmland with tobacco, hay, corn, wheat, hogs, cattle, sheep and hemp raised.
    Another pride of Anderson farmers was the horses and mules it raised. However, stills were abundant all over the county before the Civil War; through oral history interviews I counted at least 50, but these were all small operations. However, two legends of note were created by the quality of the booze.

  • Summer includes plenty of pickin’, fishin’ and swimmin’

    Whenzitready? A one-word question I hear a lot these days. I love it. It means people are growing things.
    The best part of growing your own vegetables is you get to pick them when their flavor is peaking. My grandfather always carried a knife and a salt shaker in his pocket in the summer. He liked to test things right in the garden.

  • Glenn Beck will be missed on Fox News

    To the editor:
    Those of you who read our letters to the editor in the Anderson News probably know that we are fans of Fox News.
    It is because of that network we were fortunate enough to hear Glenn Beck, a person you either like and agree with, or you don’t. For us he has been someone who has tried to inspire this nation to open our eyes, ears, minds and hearts to what is going on around us.

  • The great American Dream

    I interviewed Annie one summer ago.
    She was getting her hair and make-up done, along with her grandma Fran, in preparation for a long-awaited trip to New York City.
    Annie had been cancer-free for several years. The Make-a-Wish foundation was finally making good on its promise of a trip and makeover for the 17-year-old.
    She was a quiet girl.Wouldn’t talk about her mom much; her grandma was her legal guardian now.
    Annie told me she wanted to be an advocate someday and help other children who had cancer, children who came from broken homes.

  • Dunked and dunked and dunked again

    Column as I see ’em ...
    It took all of three throws from Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway for me to go from brash and cocky to soaking wet.
    After harassing him for several weeks in the paper and insinuating he couldn’t throw straight, Conway was first in line Friday night to shut me up and ensure he was the first to dunk me in the Little League dunking booth during the fair.
    He was far from the only one. Person after person lined up through the night, in part to make me drink my words and in part to help a Little League player with cancer.

  • Dunked and dunked and dunked again

    Column as I see ’em ...
    It took all of three throws from Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway for me to go from brash and cocky to soaking wet.
    After harassing him for several weeks in the paper and insinuating he couldn’t throw straight, Conway was first in line Friday night to shut me up and ensure he was the first to dunk me in the Little League dunking booth during the fair.
    He was far from the only one. Person after person lined up through the night, in part to make me drink my words and in part to help a Little League player with cancer.

  • Dunked and dunked and dunked again

    Column as I see ’em ...
    It took all of three throws from Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway for me to go from brash and cocky to soaking wet.
    After harassing him for several weeks in the paper and insinuating he couldn’t throw straight, Conway was first in line Friday night to shut me up and ensure he was the first to dunk me in the Little League dunking booth during the fair.
    He was far from the only one. Person after person lined up through the night, in part to make me drink my words and in part to help a Little League player with cancer.

  • Independence Day celebrates struggle for ‘perfect union’

    This 4th of July marks the 235 anniversary of America’s independence from British colonial rule.
    The Continental Congress declared the 13 colonies free and independent states and absolved any allegiance from Great Britain.
    However, just six months prior, this thought was inconceivable. Congress had previously met only to regress their grievances with the British government. What changed this and what did the Declaration bring forth?