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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: If taxing districts killed, merge all you like

    It doesn’t matter to me if merging city and county government would save money.
    Heck, I don’t care if it ends up costing more — well, a little more.
    Merging will be a hands-down winner with me if it accomplishes only one thing: kill the ridiculous taxing districts.
    As painful as it is to read and write, what this county needs more than anything right now is to “redistribute the wealth.” (President Barack Obama, 2008-present).

  • COLUMN: News — no matter the hour

    Wednesday morning my phone rang at 4:59, well ahead of my 7:30 alarm.
    Last Monday morning was much the same story, except the phone rang a little later — 5:26.
    Anderson County students have missed 10 days of school this winter (as of Wednesday night when I wrote this column), so it would be very easy to squeeze in a hyperbole and say this has happened to me 10 times this school year so far. But let’s be honest, sometimes school gets called off the day before.

  • COLUMN: If Richard’s right, only one more snow to come

    As January ends I wanted to remind you of a column I wrote at the beginning of the month. Remember the Poor Richard’s Almanac quote “As many days old as the moon is at the first snow, there will be as many snows before crop planting time?”
    I figured out that according to Poor Richard we should have eight snow events. Dustings don’t count. So, as of today, we’ve had seven events. That leaves only one more to go and that should put a smile on your face. I just hope it holds true.

  • COLUMN: ‘Ask and ye shall receive’ verse lost on state leaders

    I’ve never claimed to have all the answers, but I do have many questions about the world.
    Some involve personal annoyances:
    Why do so many people who go to Walmart enter through the exit doors and exit through the doors clearly marked enter?
    Why is it that so many gas stations now require you to prepay at the pump with your credit card, but then still make you go inside to get the receipt?

  • COLUMN: Precinct moves will benefit disabled

    Column as I see ’em …
    Let’s kick this week off with some kudos for a change.
    Topping the list is a shout out to the board of elections for doing the obvious and moving the remaining polling places from the rural areas into the city.
    I know that isn’t sitting well with some folks who live in the western part of the county and other areas because they now have to drive into town to vote.
    They like the tradition of voting within their own precinct, and have done so since Hector was a pup.

  • COLUMN: Quantity over quality?

    When it comes to clothing in the Brock household, there is a constant debate about quantity vs. quality between my husband and me.
    This debate isn’t always verbalized, sometimes it’s internalized, but we like to give each other a lot of good-spirited grief.
    I’m a sucker for a good deal, so, as you can probably imagine, I’m on the quantity side of the discussion. I would rather spend less on items individually and get a whole heck of a lot of them.

  • COLUMN: Tips for growing popcorn and sweet corn

    Well, the best news I can share with you is that spring is only 53 days away. I am so ready for warm. Even the dogs are complaining about the cold, in their own way. It’s got to be a pretty inviting scent to get them to roam very far from the door. When the door opens they make a beeline straight for the wood stove. It’s too funny.

  • LETTER: Teach our youth about respect, not selfishness

    To the editor:
    It’s unfortunate that we as a country have to endure so much as a free republic, referencing the lives taken (young and old) in Arizona from a mad man. When reflecting back to our forefathers, founders and ancestors — they engaged in battle, waging war for our freedom today. We knew their cause, their struggles — what be ours? We have become so divisive, and we reside in the “United” States.