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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Want to shut me up? Here’s your chance

    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway will probably have to cheat.
    Again.
    Brian Stivers, the property value administrator who couldn’t hit the ocean from a boat, probably won’t even bother to show up, not after his embarrassing rubber-armed performance last time.
    In fact, I’d be more worried about getting dunked by bunch of 5-year-olds who got cut from a pee wee league team than Stivers or Conway, neither of whom could dunk me the last time I sat in a dunking booth for a good cause.

  • On being soldiers and fathers

    Many men can be fathers, but not all can handle being in the military and maintaining a family.
    Families with fathers in the military must endure a great amount of fear for the one serving, but appreciation for what they are doing.
    The children who live the uncertain military lifestyle can become more resilient as they must patiently wait for mom or dad to return.
    With Father’s Day approaching, we recognize and celebrate the some of those fathers who are not just known as heroes to the many Americans they help protect, they are also known as dad.

  • On being soldiers and fathers

    Many men can be fathers, but not all can handle being in the military and maintaining a family.
    Families with fathers in the military must endure a great amount of fear for the one serving, but appreciation for what they are doing.
    The children who live the uncertain military lifestyle can become more resilient as they must patiently wait for mom or dad to return.
    With Father’s Day approaching, we recognize and celebrate the some of those fathers who are not just known as heroes to the many Americans they help protect, they are also known as dad.

  • Read hose label before using it on garden

    In life, it’s the little things that matter. People say that all the time and it’s true.
    As a gardener, there are all kinds of little things that matter. Good soil, suckering your tomato plants, thinning the lettuce and watering the plants are all little things that matter. It’s that last one that I want you to pay attention to right now.