Today's Opinions

  • Lawsuit spells trouble for Anderson library

    It appears the Anderson Public Library has for decades been taxing the public in violation of state law, and the ramifications for doing so could be tremendous.
    A mighty bold statement? You bet, but the facts don’t lie.
    We’ll explain why, but first a little background. The library is funded through what’s called a special taxing district, meaning it appears on your county property tax bill as a separate line item.
    Each year, the boards that oversee the health department and library create budgets and set a tax rate on your property.

  • Winter a good time to stay indoors with plants

    Can you believe it’s almost the end of January?
     We’ve had more fall weather than winter weather, and I have never been so happy for being so wrong. Obviously, we still have our most wintry month left to go, but I think we’ve had enough cold to kill the bad stuff outside, so I’m happy.

  • Diabetes increases risk from flu

    Why does having diabetes put me at higher risk for getting the flu?
    People with diabetes (type 1 and 2), even when well-managed, are at increased risk of severe disease and complications, like hospitalization and even death, as a result of getting the flu. This is because diabetes can make the immune system less able to fight severe influenza disease.
    In addition, illness can raise your blood sugar level. Also, sometimes people don’t feel like eating when they are sick, and this can cause blood sugar levels to rise and fall.

  • Finding my home in stranger-filled pool hall

    I am a woman with no hometown.
    Like a magpie foraging and stealing things to bring back to her nest, I surround myself with bits and pieces of my former lives in other states to recreate a feeling of home.
    Nothing tangible, no knickknacks.
    I’m not a snow globe or porcelain doll kind of person.
    Local watering holes, like Jim’s Pool Room, are more my style.

  • Fiscal court right, proponents wrong

    Arguing against government intrusion into the lives of its citizens is admirable, and more often than not those airing their grievances have justifiable reasons.
    That wasn’t the case in last week’s effort by a game but off-base group of residents who argued against the fiscal court’s ban on synthetic marijuana and bath salts.
    Those two scourges on our community needed to be banned, and no amount of argument in favor of protecting the rights of people to harm themselves can convince us otherwise.

  • Services you know about, and some you don’t

    During the course of daily operations in our office, we respond to calls regarding the duties of the circuit clerk’s office vs. the county clerk’s office.
    I hope the article this month will help clarify the county clerk’s duties. Our office is most commonly associated with the annual renewal of your license plate decal and paying yearly taxes on your vehicle, however we have many more duties.

  • Turn children’s snow days into grow days

    I thought I was ready for winter. Sure, I had plenty of wood. Yes, I had my bag of Winter Melt and the shovel handy. I had the truck inspected and prepped for everything, almost.
    The one thing I forgot to do was lube the rubber seals in the car door. Whoops.
    Last Thursday night, when we got our first winter weather, I ended up banging on the door with my little lunch cooler to break the ice, and it worked. Needless to say, I sprayed the rubber the next day with olive oil.  Standing outside, in the wind and snow is not my idea of a good time.

  • Diversity doesn’t need payment

    When I was in the sixth grade, I got paid for embracing diversity.
    In the interest of full disclosure, it wasn’t real money. Our school’s form of currency was the “Ram Buck,” a pink index card marked with an imprint of our mascot and used to award students for “good” character and behavior.
    Counselors would roam the halls, awarding good Samaritans at random.
    If you packed carrots in your lunch, you got a Ram Buck.
    Bring a book to read during study hall? One Ram Buck.