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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: Can common sense outwit the feds?

    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway exited the county courthouse Friday morning as an everyman’s hero, fresh off getting restored (for the time being, at least) several polling locations in rural Anderson County.
    Flanked by a couple dozen folks from his own 6th District neck of the woods, Conway spoke from the crowd at the end of the board of elections meeting.

  • COLUMN: Young teacher was an inspiration

    Monday morning at the office came with a piece of news I certainly didn’t want to hear.
    Rhonda Napier, a local 29-year-old Head Start teacher, was found dead in her home on Saturday.
    No foul play is suspected, but, so far, no one can quite put their finger on why she died.
    According to friends and Coroner Dr. Mark Tussey, she’d been experiencing flu-like symptoms, but healthy 29-year-olds just don’t die from the flu.

  • COLUMN: Gear yourselves and your plants up for spring

    We’re done. Bring on the warmth. The Vernal Equinox is only 32 days away and I know I’m not alone when I say, “Come on spring.”
    The Old Farmer’s Almanac says we’ll get a couple of dustings in March, but by then it will be warm enough not to bother us. Time marches on.
    The hours in the day seem to whiz by even faster as the sun rises in the sky. Have you ever thought of what it would be like if we didn’t have hours in the day? There was a time when folks counted only days, not hours and minutes.

  • COLUMN: Campaign sign restrictions violate First Amendment

    Editor’s note: The proposed ordinance referenced below has since been dropped by Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway.

    The proposed fiscal court ordinance restricting the displays of campaign signs is yet another example of government intrusion that must be stopped.
    First and foremost, this violates our First Amendment rights to freely express our opinions. Secondly, this ordinance exposes on a local level the ideology that government is the solution to our complaints.

  • COLUMN: Farm, commercial vehicle tags renewed next month

    As we approach our busiest month of the year, I thought that the column this month should be on licensing and transfer of vehicles.
    As clerk, I see many people who aren’t aware of some very important issues that can arise with each of these procedures.
    About a month before your vehicle tags expire, you will receive a card from the state with the Anderson County Clerk’s contact information on it. This card is to remind you of your expiration date, provides you with the amount that you owe and can be used for tax purposes.

  • LETTER: Maybe Donald Duck would do a better job

    To the editor:
    I just got the time to sit down to enjoy reading The Anderson News, one of my favorite things to do.
    My first thought was that this is a very good day.
    As I looked down the first page, there is Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway introducing an ordinance. Oh, gee wiz, what now.
    As I said, it did start out to be a very good day.
    What the heck is wrong with you people? Get a life or a new job.

  • LETTER: Paper ‘exhibits journalistic professionalism’

    To the editor:
    This letter is an opinion based upon reading Ben Carlson’s editorial in last week’s paper.
    Apparently, as Ben opines, there are a few unhappy, non-reading, non-subscriber types about.

  • EDITORIAL: May we suggest moving to Egypt?

    Those offended by campaign signs should simply move to a country where voting isn’t allowed.
    That’s a much better solution than the one being considered by the fiscal court, which would mandate the length of time campaign signs can be placed on private property.
    Instigated by a handful of indignant people aghast at the number of signs and how long they were present during the previous election cycle, the fiscal court has already passed on first reading an ordinance that would allow signs only 45 days before and seven days after an election.