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Today's Opinions

  • Questions posed for ECC building sale detractor

    Editor’s note: The following is in response to an article in last week’s paper that included comments on the sale of the old Early Childhood Center by Ed Ruggles.

    To the editor:
    I agree with Mr. Ruggles that it would not be good to have another tax increase of any kind. However, Mr. Ruggles, what would people here in Anderson County who elected the board like to see done with the ECC building?
    Would you like to see it sit empty for few years? Maybe a flea market? Maybe a hangout for teenagers at night to get into trouble?

  • Lower speed, safer drivers needed on dangerous Versailles Road

    To the editor:
    I am writing out of concern for a growing problem in the eastern end of Anderson County.
    Specifically, I am referring to the ever-growing amount of apparent careless driving that is occurring just east of city limits in the stretch Versailles Road that runs between the entrance of Hunter Ridge subdivision through the area near the Wild Turkey Distillery.
    Not too many months ago two lives were lost in a tragic head-on collision near Lock Road. It’s hard to say how many lives were affected by the loss of these two lives.

  • Giving during tough times

    The art of selfless giving is hard to master.
    Especially in 2012.  
    At this same time last year, then-high school junior Blake Roach promised himself that he’d pursue his mission to erect a 9/11 memorial in front of the Anderson County high school, even if he didn’t make his promised groundbreaking deadline of Sept. 11, 2011.
    That deadline long gone, Blake said he hopes he can just see this project through until more final deadline — his graduation in May.

  • Handling of hit list a lesson for district

    Roughly 36 hours. That’s how long it took from the time police took into custody a middle school student suspected of creating a hit list before school officials determined it was OK for you to know about it.
    That’s inexcusable. When something this serious happens, the district should set aside this pervasive and somewhat odd desire it has developed of late to control every ounce of information that gets out and simply let people know what’s going on.

  • Tips for preparing next year’s garden, trees

    I'm sorry. Apparently, all we needed to end the drought was for me to put in a hose spigot at the bottom of the hill.
    The years of hauling water in gallon jugs up and down the hill, from plant to plant to plant is over. Can't say I'll miss it, though it did wonders for my biceps.
    Just as I'm ready to turn on the hose, Mother Nature steps in to supply all I need. Well, at least I'm ready for next year.

  • Family Fun Fest organizers say thanks

    To the editor:    
    The Anderson County Family Resource and Youth Service Centers would like to thank all the community partners, school staff and volunteers for their continued support of the Anderson County Family Fun Fest.

  • Celebrate Senior Center month

    To the editor:
    September is national Senior Center Month. This is our opportunity to showcase the Anderson Senior Center and to promote a positive image of aging.
    We will celebrate with the 2012 theme “It happens at my senior center. My life. My time. My way.”
    Our senior center in Anderson County is a gorgeous community center, full of life and fun. Our membership is 400 strong and our volunteer crew numbers more than 200 people, all dedicated to the same mission.

  • Skeptical about spraying branches

    To the editor:
    The article in last week’s paper about spraying branches along the roadways seems bizarre.
    I think the Anderson County Fiscal Court needs to get the advice of a certified arborist and references.
    I can’t imagine a chemical that kills branches, but doesn’t effect the tree.
    Cutting the limbs back to the tree would last for more than the three years that they are guaranteeing.
    What about the overspray onto private property?
    Dennis and Patsy Monohan
    Lawrenceburg