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Today's Opinions

  • One not-so-fine day in Paris

    This was not the day trip to France I imagined.   
    I wanted magic. Flaky croissants floating down from the sky like biblical manna. The “La Vie en Rose” orchestral soundtrack piped through discreet speakers along the Seine River.
    My expectations may have been a little high.
    What I got were a few sleepy minutes stolen in the hotel room to scribble three words in an empty reporter’s notebook —
    “We hated Paris.”

  • One not-so-fine day in Paris

    This was not the day trip to France I imagined.   
    I wanted magic. Flaky croissants floating down from the sky like biblical manna. The “La Vie en Rose” orchestral soundtrack piped through discreet speakers along the Seine River.
    My expectations may have been a little high.
    What I got were a few sleepy minutes stolen in the hotel room to scribble three words in an empty reporter’s notebook —
    “We hated Paris.”

  • Stop swindlers from targeting seniors

    Protect yourself and your family from becoming victims of elder financial abuse.
    Information for this column comes from MetLife Mature Market Institute. In cooperation with Virginia Tech and the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, MetLife has completed a study of Elder Financial Abuse — Crimes of Occasion, Desperation and Predation Against America’s Elders.
    The purpose of this column is to increase awareness of elder financial abuse, symptoms, safety and what you can do to protect your family. I encourage you to read the entire study.

  • Beware of the summertime grinches

    I love dusk. It’s that special time between daylight and dark, that allows me to just stand and admire life around me. That evening light gently deepens the green and then the lightning bugs come out.
    I love watching those little flares of brilliant yellow. They flash on and off so fast that you can hardly find the spot before it’s gone. They’re Mother Nature’s own Christmas lights.
    We really should celebrate a little Christmas in July.  

  • Son celebrates seven years cancer-free

    To the editor:
    While I was reading the June 26 edition of The Anderson News about the Relay for Life, I realized it was not mentioned that my son Keith Sea, who helped carry the Relay for Life sign, is a 7-year cancer survivor.
    Keith lost both of his grandmothers, Fannie J. Scrogham and Laura Kate Sea of Anderson County, to cancer.
    Mary E. Sea
    Shepherdsville

  • Thanks for making Relay a success

    To the editor:
    On behalf of the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life of Anderson County, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for helping to make Relay for Life 2013 held on June 21 a success.

  • A public lesson in school taxes

    Column as I see ’em …
    Here’s something most of you (and I suspect at least several members of the school board) don’t know.
    By the end of next year, local property tax revenue for the school district will have increased by an estimated $612,000 since 2009, a whopping 9 percent jump at a time most folks are happy to simply avoid getting their hourly wages slashed.

  • Hardware purchase an Independence Day surprise

    Don Simmons was shocked when he saw the receipt.
    When the Fairview Drive looked at the total for the hardware he purchased July 4 at Tractor Supply, it came to the $17.76 — the year of our nation’s birth on our nation’s birthday.
    “I thought it was funny, being the year of the American Revolution,” Simmons said Monday by phone. “I asked the clerk, ‘Hey, since you have to work today, are you charging everyone the same amount?’ She laughed in return and agreed that was pretty interesting.”