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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • 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.