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Today's Opinions

  • Common sense in short supply

    Column as I see ’em …
    Here’s a thought from a reader that makes sense — that is unless the goofy rules handed down from state government are applied.
    I received an e-mail from a reader who requested anonymity but wanted to weigh in on the school district’s decision not to budget to purchase high school text books, allowing instead the school’s site based council (which has no authority to tax but in this case is doing so anyway) to ding each kid $50 as an “instructional fee.”

  • Focus on spreading the gospel, not building mega churches

    Here is an interesting thought: Why is it that around every corner from Ninevah to Stringtown from North Anderson to South Anderson there are church buildings?
     When I say buildings, I mean mega, multimillion dollar church buildings.  Some right on top of one another.  Best selling author David Platt in his book, Radical Together, says, “Why would we spend an inordinate amount of our resources on something that is never prescribed or even encouraged in the New Testament?

  • Now it’s time to harvest the fruits of labor

    I can’t believe it’s the end of July.
    I have noticed that it’s getting light later in the mornings and that’s my reminder that the season is passing, however slowly. I took the time one morning last week to spend a few glorious minutes just sitting on the porch, listening to Mother Nature. It was incredible.

  • Debunking climate change and Obama’s debt ceiling scare tactics

    It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through summer.
    I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to visit with many of you at school sporting events, graduation ceremonies, county fairs, local festivals and Chamber of Commerce events.
    I appreciate this opportunity to share my thoughts on issues so many have recently mentioned by e-mail, phone and/or in person. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions, concerns and speaking requests. I’ll make every effort to accommodate your groups’ wishes.

  • Clarity needed in health insurance brief

    To the editor:
    This is to the staff reporters that had a news brief related to health care coverage in last week’s paper.
    You had two words that really stuck out to me when I took the time to look up this web page on this subject, since my husband and I can’t get insurance due to pre-existing conditions.
    The two words were may and could. If you would take the time to look this up before you reported on this  

  • Apology for ‘shyster’ comment during council meeting directed at attorneys

    To the editor:
    The verbal statement I made during the board of council meeting on July 11 and was published in The Anderson News was a trivial comment made during a very controversial moment in a meeting.
    If indeed it was offensive to anyone of the lawyers on Main Street, I do humbly offer my apology.
    I was not truly aware of the way most lawyers regard the term in their professional way.
    To all of you, please accept my sincere apology.
    Ken Evans
    Lawrenceburg City Council

  • Worshipping the tomato

    I joined a church.
    The holy order of the worship of the summertime tomato.
    I’m the official acolyte, but I suspect I’m not the only devotee.
    To think, just last summer, I was an unbeliever.
    I hated tomatoes.
    No matter what state I lived in or what chaos invaded my life, my dislike would remain constant. Nothing could change my hatred for the watery, weakly acidic flesh that was the tomato.
    Until I discovered the Farmer’s Market.

  • Let’s stop being suckling piglets

    Column as I see ’em …
    As the parent of a high school student who doesn’t receive free or reduced lunches, I’ll grudgingly chip off 50 bucks for the school’s so-called instructional fee, and grumble the entire time I’m writing that check.
    It’s not the $50; it’s the principle behind the idea that sticks in my craw.
    Since the inception of public education there have been two basic tenants: 1. That a public education be provided for free and 2., textbooks are one of the basic necessities for teaching a child.