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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Burke’s column hardly laughable

    To the editor:
    Usually I laugh off Joan Burke’s guest columns, but this one deserves some comment.
    1. I agree with her comments concerning what Mitch McConnell has said.  Let’s ditch Mitch and all career politicians.
    2. Obama “reach across the aisle?”  Doesn’t fit with his quote “the Republicans can come along for the ride, but they have to sit in the back of the bus.”

  • LETTER: Boiler replacement brings back memories

    To the editor:
    The recent article on the replacement of the boiler at Anderson County High School brought back many nostalgic memories for me.
    Many of your readers remember, and I hope remember fondly, my father, the later Andrew Bird, who served as school superintendent from 1961 to 1976. As I was born in 1967, I do not remember the events as they happened, and I am sure time and memory have melded my recollections of the story.

  • LETTER: McConnell now gets it on earmarks

    To the editor:
    Too many incumbents were re-elected to the 112th U.S. Congress.
    Ordinarily, that would mean America lost the election, but maybe not this time.
    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) lit a glimmer of hope when he opposed the ban on earmarks and justified his opposition with the following nonsensical statement:  “Banning earmarks doesn’t save money.”

  • COLUMN: School district examining funding, spending

    By Sheila Mitchell

  • COLUMN: Hatch Act violation? Look somewhere else

    Here’s why fools should stick to the business of being fools and leave the serious work to those who know how to do it.
    Following the general election, I used this space to blow off steam about those who placed what amounted to garbage in our drop box in an effort to anonymously smear a candidate for judge-executive.
    From personal financial documents to outrageous claims about his private life, these people were looking for someone to do their dirty work, apparently for fear of soiling the reputations of their chosen candidate.

  • COLUMN: How common is courtesy?

    What is common courtesy? Well, I can tell you what it’s not.
    A little over a week ago, I was approached by one of our readers who was particularly riled up about customers who don’t tip appropriately at restaurants.
    Readily admitting that she wasn’t a nice person and saying I could most likely approach the issue with more tact than she would, she suggested I write a column about common courtesy. The little things people do that should get noticed, she said.

  • COLUMN: Waiting for Tea Partiers to burn their social security cards

    A big shout out to all my liberal Democrat friends in Anderson County who voted in this last election.
    There must be what, at least four or five of us now? Band together, brothers and sisters. Don’t lose hope.
    But we have to give it to the Republicans, however. They certainly know how to make themselves look good, and have no apologies for any blunders.

  • COLUMN: Gardening keeps us close to the earth

    Happy December. The 12th month has arrived and winter officially begins on the 21st, the same day we have the full cold moon.
    The winter solstice means it’s the shortest day of the year, with only nine hours and four minutes of daylight. To top it off, we have an eclipse of the moon taking place around 1:30 the same morning. What a great way to end the year.