Today's Opinions

  • Our mirror is large enough for everyone

    You think you’re holding a newspaper, but in fact it’s a mirror.
    That’s my view, anyway, because my goal each week is to produce a paper that reflects the community it serves, warts and all.
    As you’ll see in a guest column on this page and in Jess Thompson’s column on the church page, there’s an interesting debate going on between a self-described Christian and a self-described atheist.

  • Busy summer includes video message to troops

    Summer, 2012 has been hot, dry... and a lot of fun.  Thank you for the many invitations to join you as you celebrate, educate and recreate.  New Providence Presbyterian Church pastor, James Byrd, invited me to join the congregation and community in a time of prayer for our state and nation on Sunday, July 1.  It was an honor to pray for local, state and national leaders as we face many difficulties.  Thank you, New Providence, for including me in your inspiring service.

  • Make time for loved ones

    To the editor:
    Were you too busy to take the time to read this letter?
    We all live in a rush and have busy lifestyles these days, but do we really have to live that way?
    We somehow find time for the things we like to do, so why can’t we make time for the loved ones in our lives?
    As we go through life we forget what is important. Then, as we get older, we finally learn the important things, but sometimes it’s too late.

  • Class of 1972 deserves thanks

    To the editor:
    The July 25, 2012, edition of The Anderson News reported that the Anderson County High School class of 1972, during its recent 40-year reunion, raised $850 in contributions to the Anderson County Scholarship Fund.
    As administrator of the fund, I wish to express my sincere appreciation for this unexpected and unprecedented effort.

  • Nero’s not fiddling on Main Street yet, but he is warming up

    To the editor:
    I just had to write and let everyone know about my recent visit to town.
    As a former Anderson Countian, I was pleased to find friendly people still living there in Lawrenceburg. I ate lunch at a Main Street café — like found in New York City — and was offered a free dessert for waiting for my food.
    I hadn’t realized I had waited and I was enjoying the atmosphere and staring at the delicious desserts.
    At the local bank I was warmly greeted and a recently paved street brought me into town.

  • Band’s hubris is admirable

    When it comes to young people these days (as I wave my metaphorical cane at the hooligans of tomorrow), we squash dreams in order to snuff out the potential for entitlement. Spare their feelings, spoil the child.  
    Want to be an astronaut? Talk to NASA about sending another shuttle into space.   
    Want to be a ballerina? The odds are definitely not in your favor.  
    Despite the odds, students who dream of doing bigger, better things have something in common — passion.

  • System taking fear out of incarceration

    Column as I see ’em …
    Ever considered smoking some meth or snorting a little oxy?
    I haven’t, and aside from a desire to avoid being a junky there’s one major reason why: I’m petrified of ending up in jail.
    Until the past couple of years, I had the misguided, or perhaps naïve, notion that hard drugs like meth, coke or prescription pills would lead to a decade or two behind bars.  

  • Enjoy canning, but make sure you follow directions

    I’ve had several questions about home food preservation. The most common question has been about loss of liquid in jars.
    A sudden decrease in pressure will cause loss of liquid. When canning, the pressure must drop of its own accord. Don’t put cold water on a canner or try to rush the process of cooling down. Lift the canner off the burner to cool on its own. Don’t force the lid open. It may take 20 to 30 minutes for the pressure to drop.