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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: All of the signs point to a cold winter

    Brrrrrrrr, and double brrrrrr. Baby, it’s cold outside. Even Spanky’s wearing a coat. Spanky is my only shorthaired dog and she loves to wear her faux leather, fur-lined coat. Go figure. I love to wear my long underwear.
    Dressing in layers is about the only way to stay warm as winter settles in for a few months. Keeping your head and chest warm is key. You lose up to 90 percent of your body heat through the top of your head. If these temperatures continue, I’ll have more layers than an onion by the time spring rolls round.

  • COLUMN: Anderson County — working for students

    By Sheila Mitchell

  • EDITORIAL: School board could lead way to shop local

    Tourism honks and others charged with bringing money into a community all seem to agree that when a dollar is spent locally, it will change hands seven additional times.
    Maybe. We haven’t done nor can we site specific research that will prove that theory, but it seems widely accepted among those who have, and who are we to argue?
    Heck, even Jason Denny, the county clerk whose term as president of the chamber of commerce just ended, referenced that theory during Saturday’s chamber gala at Eagle Lake while encouraging people to shop locally.

  • COLUMN: Unexpected inspiration

    Sometimes inspiration hits you in a way you least expect it.
    To my surprise, this was exactly the case on Tuesday afternoon.
    There is no need to get into grand detail, but I would like to publicly thank Ms. Georgia Kennerly for her very kind and much appreciated thank you card.
    I agree with you in hoping that someone somewhere will benefit from last week’s column.
    Actually that is my hope every week.

  • COLUMN: Consider your talents when deciding on gifts

    Christmas is creeping up on us and I know many of you have not quite finished your shopping.
    Money and time may be factors and I’m here to give you a few inexpensive ideas for gifts from the heart.
    You’re on your own for finding the time.
    Handmade gifts can range from third-grader art projects to museum quality items, depending on your talent and, just like in gardening, some folks have a black thumb. While I can’t draw or paint, and my woodworking skills resemble a Lincoln Logs meets Superglue disaster, I can cook.

  • 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.”