Today's Opinions

  • Corned beef always a hit on Saint Patrick’s Day

    I’m a member of the Anderson County Cattlemen’s Association.
    Every pound of beef I own is in the freezer, not on the hoof in the pasture. I produce good meals, not healthy calves and heifers. I’ll leave that end of the business to someone else.
    If you are interested in educational programs on beef production, please contact the Extension Office and consider joining the Anderson County Cattlemen’s Association.

  • Food safety tips to consider when anticipating severe weather storms

    In the aftermath of last Friday’s storms, we all have much to be grateful for in Anderson County.
    The storms convinced me to take shelter in a safe place when the warning is sounded. I’m not going to stand outside and look at it.
    In addition to having a safe room for shelter, it’s good to be prepared for a power outage. Follow these guidelines for food safety.
    Make a few simple preparations so you can put a plan into action when a tornado watch or severe thunderstorm watch is initiated.
    Keep the freezer full

  • Be ready for weather to drive you nuts

    Tree frogs in February? Honest to John, I heard them singing symphonies here on the farm last Thursday. I’m half expecting lightning bugs to show up next. This has certainly been a weird winter. I know we’re all itching to plant and I’m going to do just that.
    My peas, carrot and potato seeds and broccoli and cauliflower plants are going in just as soon as I get the time.

  • Thanks for help, prayers

    To the editor:
    Recently, our house was destroyed by fire.
    We want to thank everyone, from the brave people who tried to save our home, to those who have helped with donations, assistance and prayers.
    Thank you, and God bless you.
    Don and Dawn Keeling

  • Christianity radically different from cults

    To the editor:
    Columnist Nancy Kennedy wrote a column in the Feb. 15 edition of the paper in which she used the phenomenon of “cargo cults” to illustrate something about the Christian life.
    In response, Yossarian Riley wrote a Feb. 22 letter to the editor in which he appeared to equate Christianity with the cargo cults that came into being among remote tribes following World War II.
    I had never heard of cargo cults so I searched the Internet to learn more.

  • Government keeps ripping off the poor

    To the editor:
    This is a poor state with a government that has policies in place to give it excuses to steal from the poor.
    I am one person and the following has happened to me.
    State taxes: we are being nickel and dimed out of our money. When you pay taxes out of your paycheck you expect to get back all that is owed you, right? But you don’t because there are those zeros in the cents column, including your “owed” line. If any cents are owed you they keep it.  
    Multiply that for the entire state.

  • What are you putting in your mouth?

    To the editor:
    What’s on your plate? If you do not eat locally grown, raised, and/or produced food, then more than likely you are eating food that is not real.
    This food has been chemically processed and refined while adding artificial ingredients to produce it in different shapes, sizes, tastes, colors and forms. And since our government allows genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be consumed by humans and farm animals, our food may contain foreign genes, which have been spliced together in laboratories.

  • Time for a refresher course

    If you’re not too dizzy from the shift in damaging winds, hail and tornadoes to snowball-perfect winter weather, it may be a good time to catch up.
    Breaking news is important, but so is catching up on Anderson County news that has continued to change and evolve beyond what is initially reported.
    Let’s take this opportunity to catch our breath and recall some temporarily forgotten stories from just a few months ago.

    City travel and training policy