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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: New year good time to break old habits

    OK, repeat after me, two sticks, two sticks.
    That’s how I’m going to try to remember to write 2011, not 2010, anymore.
    Writing the date on something comes almost automatically, but when it first gets here it seems to take us a while to adjust and stop writing the old year. Hopefully, the two sticks mantra will help.
    Each new year offers an opportunity for a fresh start. It’s a time to make changes in our lives, or at least to make resolutions for change. But change is hard, usually. Habits are hard to change.

  • LETTER: Suggestion: Give Chambers Carlson’s job

    To the editor:
    I just read [last week’s edition of] The Anderson News and I am wondering if everyone who loses their job will get a front page article about it, with the fired employee going on and on about how unfair it is.
    Mr. Chip Chambers applauded the constitutional right to run for office. The county judge-executive has the constitutional right to hire and fire the county road supervisor.

  • LETTER: Library, Chambers articles enlightening

    To the editor:
    I just wanted to let you know I enjoyed following the library story [“Spending more, taxing less,” Dec. 15 edition]. It was a great example of how our tax system works.
    The article in last week’s paper about [ousted highway foreman] Chip Chambers and the hypocrisy of local government was priceless, as well. I loved the picture of him receiving the $25 gift certificate. If only the fiscal court could be that tight with our tax money.
    I appreciate all the good work you do with the paper.

  • LETTER: New judge-executive will be ‘watched’

    To the editor:
    Well, well, it looks like Washington, DC, here in good old Anderson County.
    Was it pure politics when Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway praised [former highway forman Chip] Chambers, saying he was the best county highway supervisor in the state?
    Now, Conway says, Chambers just doesn’t fit in.
    I know I speak for many and, at this point, we whole- heartedly don’t think Conway fits in with “we, the people’s” agenda.

  • Newspaper helping CASA

    To the editor:
    I just wanted to thank The Anderson News for helping us out.
    We are getting such a great response from everything you have put in your paper. We are desperate for volunteers, so this is extremely helpful.
    Your efforts are greatly appreciated. We hope to continue this partnership with The Anderson News.
    Thank you!
    Bailey Preston
    Franklin County CASA

  • Library should sink some of its millions into updated computers

    To the editor:
    I use the library computers all the time. All of that money is not going toward them. They are slow, virus-ridden and recently are having a hard time opening sites, including Walmart.
    I am presuming because they are still using Explorer 6 and 7, and everyone is changing their site to Explorer 8. Or because of the now not enough 1 gibabyte of memory and only Intel Pentium 4 or Celeron processor. This may be the reason it takes 20 to 30 seconds to load pages to frequently.

  • Make a positive difference in the world in 2011

    Well, this is my last column in The Anderson News for 2010. I should make it memorable. I should do a highlight of events that have affected our lives in the past year. I should, but my memory stinks.

  • Resolutions aren’t my thing

    With the year about to come to a close, I thought I would get brutally honest with myself — and with you, readers — and evaluate my “New Year’s resolutions” column from this time last year.
    Back then, I revealed four New Year’s resolutions and said, “by my calculations, with all the resolutions I’ve broken in the past, I’m due to make a resolution that will actually stick.”
    Well, if you want to look at it literally, I’m a success — I made a single resolution that actually stuck.