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Today's Opinions

  • Words from the wise

    Yesterday, I turned 22.
    That’s a few years shy of a quarter of a century, definitely enough life experience to justify doling out my infinite wisdom.
    Especially to my 10-year-old self.
    I don’t think I’m the only one who wishes she could go back in time, look her younger twin in the eye, and explain those mysteries of life that, of course, have been opened to us as all-knowing adults.
    But in honor of my newly acquired sageness, here are some tips I wish I could tell a younger me:

  • Sheriff understands how to shop local

    Sheriff Troy Young seeks out my approval about as much as a cat seeks out a bubble bath.
    His approval is the province of the voters, and like you, I get only one vote each four years.
    I do, however, get to comment with regularity on how the keepers of our tax dollars function, and if Rory McIlroy is the new standard-bearer for golf, the sheriff is likewise now the standard-bearer for how to spend our money.

  • Sign up now for your county business license

    As we approach July, I thought it was appropriate to the county business license.
    In 1987 the fiscal court adopted an ordinance that imposed business license fees for the privilege of engaging in a business or profession in Anderson County. The ordinance was last revised in February.

  • Veggies in growth mode, so add fertilizer

    It’s official; summer is here. I’d like to repeat my request that we all ask for an inch of water a week.
    Gardens put a lot of food on the table and blessed rain makes it possible. Weather geek that I am, I just looked up the statistics for last summer in hopes of seeing a pattern to predict July’s weather.
    In May 2010, we had 9.22 inches (8.98 this year) and an average high temperature of 77 degrees (73 this year). By this time in June of last year we had 2.25 inches and ended up at month’s end with 5.29 inches.

  • Feed lots bigger problem than burning trash

    To the editor:
    I don’t live in Anderson County, but I hope you, your readers and the powers that be will listen.
    In The Anderson News Extra on Monday, May 30, you ran an article about Anderson County’s “dirty little secret.”
    It’s a strange thing that everyone is so concerned about people burning their trash, yet no one ever seems to question these obnoxious feed lots for cows.

  • Does Obama have our interests at heart?

    To the editor:
    Well, it’s summer and not only does the weather become hot, some topics might qualify as well.

  • Time has come to ax health director

    To the editor:
    After having attended the past two board meetings of the Anderson County Health Department, I have come to the conclusion that we can no longer afford this big-spending director.
    The first meeting I attended he was proposing to raise taxes and stated that he would probably have to cut his staff.
    Of course this was after he had spent over $60,000 for new furniture and a top-of the-line kitchen.
    This was done without consulting the board or getting bids on the furniture. Someone with the state told him it was OK.

  • Relay gives hope new meaning

    Close your eyes, and picture hope.
    Harder than it reads, isn’t it?
    Hope is a thing intangible, like you’re trying to pin down a wisp of smoke.
    We lose hope, raise hopes, hope against hope. But like its abstract cousins love, jealousy and forgiven ess, it’s easier to say the words than to wrap our minds around exactly what hope is.