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Today's Opinions

  • Who among you will raise a hand in public?

    A private show of hands, please, from those who think that the state Transportation Cabinet’s efforts to use political candidate Kent Stevens to deliver “contingency” road paving funds to Anderson County was not politically motivated in any way. (See story, A1.)
    C’mon, no one’s looking. Even you lifelong Democrats who can’t stand Republicans — especially Republicans like Kim King — can raise your hands.

  • Weeds, wildflowers thrive in dry conditions

    One thing I know for sure, the drought has toughened up the weeds.
    Since I mulch with newspapers and straw, I use my hands to pull up any weeds that appear in the garden. Some I leave, because the bugs like them better than anything I plant. Most others I pull and I’ve got the cuts on my hands to show for it.

  • Facts Christians want to ignore

    Editor’s note: The following is in response to faith columnist Jess Thompson’s column in last week’s paper titled ‘Facts non-believers don’t want to read.’ This work originally appeared on sharkysworld.com, and is reproduced with the author’s permission.

    I recently read an opinion piece in The Anderson News by Jess Thompson, and there seems to be some issues with his idea that non-believers don’t want to read his religion’s Bible.

  • Wishing bad things for tractor thief

    To the editor:
    Someone stole my 8N Ford tractor in the past couple of days.
    I’m sure it was a poor man needing money, but I want him to know two things: 1. You stole from a poor man. 2. It was my dad’s tractor that he bought new.
    After he died, I fixed it because it was his. You not only stole it from me, you broke my heart.
    I hope bad things happen to you as you have caused bad things to happen to me.
    Marty Stratton
    Lawrenceburg
     

  • Ramsey family thankful for community

    To the editor:
    We would like to thank everyone in Lawrenceburg and the surrounding communities for all of the support and love that they have shown us since the death of our son, Cody Ramsey.
    We lost Cody on July 1 and it has been incredible how many people have reached out in some way or another to help us, support us, pray for us and just be there is we needed them.
    We especially want to thank the teenagers of our town for being such wonderful friends to our Cody, and to thank them for giving us, his family, so much love and support.

  • Should we reward teachers based on test scores?

    Once upon a time, students assured themselves an easy school year simply by placing an apple on the teacher’s desk on the first day.
    They could try, anyway.
    But an apple a day won’t keep our good teachers teaching.
    Flashing shiny Apple products in their faces won’t be enough, either.      
    So what incentives can possibly be left for teachers who see year after year of pay freezes and budget cuts?

  • Our mirror is large enough for everyone

    You think you’re holding a newspaper, but in fact it’s a mirror.
    That’s my view, anyway, because my goal each week is to produce a paper that reflects the community it serves, warts and all.
    As you’ll see in a guest column on this page and in Jess Thompson’s column on the church page, there’s an interesting debate going on between a self-described Christian and a self-described atheist.

  • Busy summer includes video message to troops

    Summer, 2012 has been hot, dry... and a lot of fun.  Thank you for the many invitations to join you as you celebrate, educate and recreate.  New Providence Presbyterian Church pastor, James Byrd, invited me to join the congregation and community in a time of prayer for our state and nation on Sunday, July 1.  It was an honor to pray for local, state and national leaders as we face many difficulties.  Thank you, New Providence, for including me in your inspiring service.