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Today's Opinions

  • Veggies in growth mode, so add fertilizer

    It’s official; summer is here. I’d like to repeat my request that we all ask for an inch of water a week.
    Gardens put a lot of food on the table and blessed rain makes it possible. Weather geek that I am, I just looked up the statistics for last summer in hopes of seeing a pattern to predict July’s weather.
    In May 2010, we had 9.22 inches (8.98 this year) and an average high temperature of 77 degrees (73 this year). By this time in June of last year we had 2.25 inches and ended up at month’s end with 5.29 inches.

  • Feed lots bigger problem than burning trash

    To the editor:
    I don’t live in Anderson County, but I hope you, your readers and the powers that be will listen.
    In The Anderson News Extra on Monday, May 30, you ran an article about Anderson County’s “dirty little secret.”
    It’s a strange thing that everyone is so concerned about people burning their trash, yet no one ever seems to question these obnoxious feed lots for cows.

  • Does Obama have our interests at heart?

    To the editor:
    Well, it’s summer and not only does the weather become hot, some topics might qualify as well.

  • Time has come to ax health director

    To the editor:
    After having attended the past two board meetings of the Anderson County Health Department, I have come to the conclusion that we can no longer afford this big-spending director.
    The first meeting I attended he was proposing to raise taxes and stated that he would probably have to cut his staff.
    Of course this was after he had spent over $60,000 for new furniture and a top-of the-line kitchen.
    This was done without consulting the board or getting bids on the furniture. Someone with the state told him it was OK.

  • Relay gives hope new meaning

    Close your eyes, and picture hope.
    Harder than it reads, isn’t it?
    Hope is a thing intangible, like you’re trying to pin down a wisp of smoke.
    We lose hope, raise hopes, hope against hope. But like its abstract cousins love, jealousy and forgiven ess, it’s easier to say the words than to wrap our minds around exactly what hope is.

  • Time to stop ignoring white-collar crime

    Column as I see ’em …
    The story I wrote this week about the attorneys in the Beasmore trial not having city and county business licenses isn’t meant to embarrass or single them out.
    Instead, it’s to highlight the fact that far too many companies that don’t have offices here skirt the law that requires them to be properly licensed.
    And what really burns my biscuits is that it appears the majority of those practice white-collar professions.

  • When the heat’s on, look for water

    Living in Arizona for 23 years gave me a lot of insight into heat. As a park ranger I saw a lot of its effects. Visitors would always, always say, “but it’s a dry heat.” My reply, “so is an oven.”
    High heat takes a toll on all living things.
    If you work outside in this heat, my advice is to drink lots of water and eat ketchup and/or bananas. The potassium helps. If you have plants in the ground, then mulch and water is the best reviver.

  • Capitalize on tourism to invest in future

    We need to capitalize on tourism
    “The tourists are coming, the tourists are coming!”
    With all due apologies to Paul Revere, William Dawes and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, let the rallying cry ring out; for indeed the tourist are coming.