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Today's Opinions

  • No reason to oppose unified government

    We’ll find out next Tuesday exactly what those who serve on the city council and fiscal court are made of.
    That’s when both will hold a joint public meeting to hear a presentation on a unified form of government — one that will ostensibly result in a streamlined delivery of services, possibly at a better price.
    The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Stratton building in the county park.

  • It’s harvest time, so spray carefully

    It’s time to put the garden into high gear. I’m guessing the canners are jiggling and freezers are filling.
    Those of us living in the country may have noticed the increase in noise outside. The insects are so loud you almost want to shush them. That’s the sign that all the bugs are out. It’s happy hour in the garden. They know that it’s prime time for good eats.
    Your plants should be loaded by now and it’s a tough time to treat for pests. There are a variety of methods to protect your food.

  • Thompson’s shallow analysis on church buildings misses point

    I wish to respond to Jess Thompson’s column from last week in which he sharply criticized nearly every local church for having buildings which he deemed excessive in their size or cost.  He described them as “mega buildings.”  By any commonly accepted definition there are no mega churches in Anderson County.  And, even if there were, that would not necessarily be a bad thing.  A mega church is given the opportunity to do mega ministry.  

  • Backpack Buddies needs community’s support

    Did you know that 47 percent or approximately 3,800 Anderson County children receive free or reduced school meals? Did you ever wonder what those children eat on the weekends?
    We do. We are Anderson County Backpack Buddies, a tax-exempt, non-profit organization that helps feed those children on the weekends.

  • Late night fireworks made animals, humans suffer

    To the editor:
    I want to comment about the terrible fireworks that were going off all over town (during the Fourth of July).
    They seemed like they would never stop, and think of all of the people who have heart trouble, cancer, have trouble breathing and all of the other health problems people have.
    Think also about our pets, including dogs, which have a greater sensitivity to loud noises. My dog suffered so terribly that he got into a closet and we had to set a fan in there to keep it cool and from having a heart attack.

  • Lawyers should represent the community

    To the editor:
    So — it’s not enough that a member of our city council has to denounce the lawyers of Main Street as “shysters,” but then he has to go and apologize for it. Well, methinks that Mr. Evans doth now protest too much, that he should have stuck with his initial assessment, and that he deserves a certain measure of comeuppance for his apology.

  • The myth of the slippery slope

    I don’t believe in the slippery slope.
    You know, that metaphorical downward hill of depravity everyone talks about.
    I basically put it in the same category as the bogeyman. Or unicorns.
    I consider myself a pretty respectful and responsible person. I pay my taxes. I give change to the Salvation Army at Christmastime. I refrain from taking candy from small children, or kicking cute puppies.
    Imagine my astonishment when I learn that my generation’s sliding down the slope’s shifting sands of immorality.  

  • 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.”