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Today's Opinions

  • Support, understand teenagers in distress

    Teens in distress need support and understanding from family members and other trusted adults.
    Whether you are a parent, grandparent or other trusted adult, you may be someone who cares about a teen who harms himself/herself.
    This behavior is very distressing for the adult who cares for the teen. The purpose of this column is to help the trusted adult know how to best help the teen who self-harms.
    This is also the topic of the Family Caregiver Health Bulletin for July 2013. I encourage you to read it on the Anderson County Extension Office website.

  • Taxpayers deserve squeaky clean audit

    Last Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting served as the perfect example of why Anderson County continues to receive remarkably poor state audits (see A1).
    During a routine vote to approve budget transfers, Magistrate David Ruggles questioned why some figures being proposed by Treasurer Dudley Shryock didn’t appear to add up.
    Shryock tried several times to explain what was being proposed, but Ruggles simply didn’t understand what he was talking about.

  • Consider pets while celebrating Fourth of July

    Have you noticed the extra daylight hours that we have now that summer is officially here?
    There’s more time for everything. We can still be out mowing at 9 p.m. The extra light makes things grow faster, too, but my favorite part is having a little time to just sit outside and enjoy the view. When the sun goes down the lightening bugs come out, like little fireworks. Better than fireworks though because there are no loud noises to go with it.

  • Go beet-crazy this summer with salad recipe

    Joan
    Martin

    Guest columnist

  • Sorry for disrespecting Conway, staff

    To the editor:
    The statement “It’s hard to be humble” is true.
    A couple of weeks ago I called Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway’s office. He was not there at the time, so I spoke to his secretary.
    After giving her an earful of problems, I soon realized how disrespectful I was to her.

  • Editor Carlson should keep ‘falsehoods’ out of newspaper

    To the editor:
    I would like to make some comments concerning an article in the June 5 edition of The Anderson News and Editor Ben Carlson’s column in the June 12 edition titled “Search for .22 round a living nightmare.”
    Gene and Kathy Linzy stated that the IRS sent them 88 inappropriate questions and only gave them two weeks to answer them. That is over 4.5 hours per question and to me seems sufficient. If there is any way for you to make those questions public, please do so.

  • Bringing sewing machines back to life

    The Mad Hermit of the Hill brings sewing machines back to life in the basement of a spacious, two-story Lawrenceburg log cabin.
    His patients — the black swans of antique Singers and their white and squat modern offspring — wait in queue for Nelson Maynard, the one-stop repair shop at Nelson Maynard Sewing Machine Service and Repair.
    Maynard himself sits perched on a stool in front of a modern Singer 5825 C model, pausing a moment to snap a photo of a common sewing machine problem for his Facebook page.

  • The perfect choice for library’s PR agent

    Dear Anderson Public Library Board of Trustees,
    I read in this week’s edition of The Anderson News (see A1) that you are considering hiring a public relations firm to help improve the library’s image.
    Despite being the person viewed by several (or more) of your board members as responsible for creating the library’s negative image in the first place, please consider this letter as official notice that I’m applying for job of repairing it.
    Oh, stop laughing. I’m serious about this!