Today's Opinions

  • Recalling the ghosts of presidential elections past

    If you can’t remember your first election, I certainly can.  
    In 2008 I sat on my futon in my college dorm room and sealed the envelope on my Illinois absentee ballot with a mixture of dread and hope.
    A few years later, I drove myself to a local Nebraska precinct to vote in the state and municipal races.
    I was nervous, and probably babbled to the woman signing me in.
    Stepping up to the booth, I felt like I always do now when I vote, that the weight of American democracy depended on my shoulders.

  • Right, wrong ways to bust scam artists

    As the elderly woman cried in her living room Monday morning, I visualized holding the oak club I keep in my truck and fetching the bad guy I hoped would show up a good lick right in the chops.
    Instead I held a camera and settled for the fact that if he did show, Det. Bryan Taylor would bust his chops the legal way and I could put the photo of him doing so on this week’s front page.
    As is generally the case with yellow-belly scum who prey on the elderly, the guy was a no-show.

  • Extension Homemakers celebrate rich Anderson County history

    The 75th Anniversary of the Anderson County Extension Homemakers was celebrated this week.  Usually this column is focused on research based education.  I’m not sure there can be any more evidence that community education is successful than looking at the accomplishments of the Extension Homemakers.  I’m very proud of their ability to sustain their intellectual interest and the practical application of so many lessons which they have had over the last 75 years.  

  • Think about garden wish list this winter

    I just love to learn things, and I learn a lot from listening to radio programs.  I just finished listening to a program called Fresh Air on NPR (on 10-18-12) on the road home tonight and I have to share!. It featured an author who’s book is titled Alone Together and it really made me think!   

  • Property tax facts for homeowners

    It is property tax time once again and I would like to take this opportunity to help the taxpayers better understand how the property tax system works.
    Property taxes follow a set calendar and procedures which we all, as taxpayers, should be aware.

  • Milburn needs clarifications on Old Testament teachings

    To the editor:

  • In defense of Biden’s debate performance

    To the editor:
    After reading Mr. Rue’s “review” of the vice-presidential debate, I quickly searched my Anderson News archives looking for the letter he wrote complaining about Jim Lehr’s moderation of the first Presidential debate, you know, the one where Mr. Lehr let it get out of control, allowed Mr. Romney to break the rules, interrupt, constantly stay off message, and proceed to spew a record breaking amount of lies. But alas, there wasn’t one.

  • Creation didn’t just happen, Mr. Milburn

    To the editor:
    I just completed reading Mr. Jerry W. Milburn II’s letter you printed in the Oct. 17 issue of your paper. Mr. Milburn is a self-avowed atheist — someone who does not believe in God.
    The First Amendment of the Constitution reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”