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Today's Opinions

  • School children not only murder victims

    To the editor:
    Pray for the little ones so brutally slaughtered.  Imagine being so young, in a place where you feel secure, are provided for and have no worries.  Suddenly, with no warning and no way to prepare, your life is ended among terror, chaos, blood and pain.
    Why are they doing this? You have no chance to protest or to defend yourself. Someone who doesn’t even know you has decided to kill you.  

  • Back to the future, again

    This feels familiar. Eerily familiar.
    Every end of the year list, every end of the year column seems as though I’m in the same exact place I was 365 days earlier.
    Sitting at my desk early in the morning, thinking about clichés regarding how the year flew by, then writing them down.
    You try to look back on the year. Gather some notable events, conversations and discussion in your head, spit them out onto paper with the endgame being intelligent insights on the direction of the days ahead.

  • Bad-tasting medicine best recycling solution

    The $125,000 recycling grant the fiscal court got from the state last year could prove to be the most expensive “free” money Anderson County has ever received.
    Like cash from a loan shark, that grant came with some mighty big strings attached, including that the county construct a recycling building.
    That building has become genuine nightmare for the fiscal court, which on Thursday rejected four bids  — the lowest coming in at more than double the $325,000 magistrates voted to spend to have it built.

  • New year brings new list of chores

    Well, next up is New Year’s. As in the ancient holiday, we should celebrate the old year’s successes, and plan our new hopes for the new year. Write them down and place the list someplace you’ll see every day. Work toward those goals.
    The list doesn’t have to be big or logical. It’s your list. Just motivate yourself to get it done. Now, with that in mind, doing something with the Christmas tree may be on your list. If you decorated with a real tree, you get to choose what to do with it. later.

  • Working with CASA proves rewarding

    To the editor:
    A few years ago you wrote an article about Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA), a national nonprofit organization which trains and supports volunteers to serve as advocates for the best interest of children in the foster care and child welfare systems.

  • Revenge on friend will be sweet

    The burly guy with a hammer on his belt told me he was going to whoop my you-know-what.
    It wasn’t the first time someone who recognizes me from my day job has given me the stink eye, and most certainly won’t be the last.
    I’ve been f-bombed clean out of stores — once while buying potato chips for my kid’s youth baseball picnic — by people whose family members were listed in crime reports or court dockets.

  • Send your Christmas photos to the News

    Perhaps the morning begins with the soft shuffling of socks tip-toeing down the stairs, drawn like pajama-clad moths to the Christmas tree glow.
    Your Christmas morning may erupt with a bang, not a whimper, with excited screams and noisy rustle of wrapping paper torn and hastily set aside.
    The holidays in the Downs family are more sedate these days, what with all of the formerly excitable children now grown-up and mature.  
    We resign ourselves to making silly faces during our annual dreaded photo shoot in front of the Christmas tree.

  • A sure-fire way to get kids to eat spinach

    The children at Head Start were eating spinach and enjoying it this week.
    At least most of them tried it and most of those who tried it, liked it.
    I prepared spinach salad with fruit. The recipe is below. The secret to getting them to eat the spinach is the strawberries. The surprise taste is the orange juice.
    Here are some tips for handling your child who is a choosy eater.  
    Don’t be a short order cook. Instead offer the same food for the entire family. Offer nutritious foods. Serve at least one food that your child will eat.