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Today's Opinions

  • March — and its smorgasbord of weather — is here

    Happy March. In like a lion and out like a lamb, March is typically a smorgasbord of weather. One day makes it feel like summer is just around the corner and the next surprises us with snow showers. It’s a tough month to garden in the field. Gardening in the house is easier.
    This is the month to start your seeds indoors for those summer veggies you’ll be transplanting in May. Seeds, trays of dirt, warmth and sunlight (or lamplight) are basically all you need to get going.

  • Support legislation that would prohibit flag desecration

    By Pam Rice

  • COLUMN: I’m sorry, sort of

    I owe taxpayers an apology, but I’m really not that sorry.
    A couple of months ago I donated the cost of an insert into The Anderson News Extra (the version of this paper that shows up in mailboxes each Monday) to the fiscal court as a means of supporting its burgeoning recycling efforts.
    The insert featured information about how homeowners can access the recycling program, including having items picked up.

  • COLUMN: No 'good' in goodbye?

    Last Wednesday, I sent a really difficult e-mail to about 50 people here in town.
    The contents of that e-mail certainly don’t get any easier to repeat, but here goes nothing.
    In case you haven’t heard or read by now, in exactly one week from today (Wednesday), I will be leaving The Anderson News to become the editor of The Spencer Magnet in Taylorsville.

  • COLUMN: Get ready to plant those cool season crops

    I am loving this weather. The sun comes up earlier, the day heats up quicker and the sun sets are getting even prettier. We’re only 25 days away from spring.
    The vernal equinox arrives March 20, bringing us even longer days. Perfect for planting those cool season crops.

  • COLUMN: From middle school Mustangs to Bearcats, these girls are back

    If you sat at a middle school basketball game, you probably heard a man bellow, “Ssmmooookkiinn!”
    Lee Brewer attended 98 percent of the games to support his niece, point guard Destiny Stewart, and he quickly became the team’s No.1 fan as he yelped every time the Lady Mustangs took it to the hoop.

  • COLUMN: Liberal Olbermann will be missed on MSNBC

    A few weeks ago my husband and I sat watching one of our favorite TV shows, Keith Olbermann’s Countdown, on MSNBC.
    Mr. Olbermann matter-of-factly stated that this would be his last broadcast of Countdown, gave a brief summary of his six years there, thanked a few people, and went on to read a bit of James Thurber.

  • COLUMN: Warning: Oral piercing is not as safe as you think

    Piercing, like tattooing, is just one of today’s popular forms of body art and self-expression.
    Piercing may seem daring, cool and totally safe because some celebrities use piercing to flaunt their particular style or attitude. But piercing the tongue, lips, cheeks or uvula (the tiny tissue that hangs at the back of the throat) is not as safe as some would have you believe. That’s because the mouth’s moist environment — home to huge amounts of breeding bacteria — is an ideal place for infection.