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Today's Opinions

  • No penance for $400K mistake

    It’s a downright shame that those on the Anderson County Board of Health who voted to approve the new health department building near Walmart can’t be held personally responsible for squandering $400,000 in taxpayer money.
    Of course unlike the taxpayers who have no choice but to pay for their mistakes, they’re immune from such accountability.

  • Examining stupidity, ignorance

    As I observe my fellow classmates, peers and citizens in general, I see a common denominator. Stupidity at its best. Look around yourself right now; I’m sure you’ll see it, too. Whether on television, text (written documents, not text messaging), or coming straight from the person sitting in front of you, it’s highly prevalent in today’s society.
    Now, notice a child’s behavior and marvel at something truly remarkable: ignorance rather than stupidity.

  • Throw a tea party — for your garden

    I am a sunshine girl! After 23 years in Arizona, I have a hard time getting through weeks of rain and clouds. I was almost on the edge of depression, and then the sun came out. There’s always a silver lining. At least we haven’t had to water!
    All this cool and damp weather makes our plants prime targets for a whole host of problems. There is gray mold, dampening off (pythium), septoria and more, all making life difficult for plants to grow and thrive.

  • Are you ready to meet God?

    To the editor:
    I am sure that if you watch the news at all, you saw the stories about Harold Camping last week and his predictions that the world would come to an end May 21.  He even went so far as to give the time of day that we could expect the rapture: 6 p.m.
    He and his followers spent millions to advertise and warn people of the impending doomsday. But after much debate and money spent, May 21 came and went and we are still here.  

  • Conway, Denny bad, Brandon Hurley good

    To the editor:
    I just hate politics.
    Any system where leadership is dictated by a popularity contest instead of education or experience is critically flawed.
    Let’s take a look at our newly elected County Judge John Wayne Conway. Since January, he has proposed increasing the county’s budget $500,000. That’s considerable in the worst economy most of us have ever seen. Unemployment is rampant, so what does our illustrious leader do but follow suit with the Democratic, Obama-style governing and spend, spend, spend.

  • Petition formed to reign in library

    To the editor:
    The May 18 issue of The Anderson News stated that the Anderson Public Library had $375,000 included in the budget just passed for retirement of one-half of the remaining building debt.
    The stated plan also called for paying off the remaining $375,000 the next budget year. Next budget year the Library’s baseline budget will bring in another $375,000 without an additional tax increase because of the compensating rate requirement that the revenue for that year not be less than the year before.

  • Mandatory pickup is only viable solution

    Column as I see ’em …
    My considerable gut tells me that at some point the trash issue is going to hit the fan.
    After discussing it with the judge-executive Monday afternoon, it’s clear that there is no shortage of folks who will kick and scream and vow ballot box revenge were the fiscal court to enact mandatory trash collection. They’ll scream poverty, property rights and claim that the idea is yet another example of government trying to control their lives.

  • Garlic helps keep bloodsuckers at bay

    I love waking up with the birds. I don’t know the names of those serenading me, but I know who sings in the early morning and late at night.
    Special songs and sounds tell me the time. Everyone should have these neighbors. With acres upon acres of hay fields, woods and ponds, this is like the Beverly Hills for birds. It also serves as an all you can eat buffet of berries and bugs.