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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Heirloom tomatoes and nursery rhymes

    I took a trip up to Indiana last week. It’s just a day trip, albeit a long one. Going up, I drove through a gully washer. I’ve been through a lot of gully washers in my life but this was the mother of all gully washers that hit just before I got on Interstate 465. Thankfully, there wasn’t too much traffic at that time of day, but as usual, it was undergoing some construction.

  • COLUMN: Strange CD a glimpse into judge's future?

    Given the contents of last week’s column about the pending trial of the woman suing the county on sexual harassment and other assorted vile allegations, it’s good to know the judge-executive has retained what I guess is a sense of humor.

    Or at least is planning for his future when he leaves office at the end of this year.

    When I showed up for work Monday morning, one of my coworkers brought me my mail including an envelope the judge had mailed from his home on Powell Taylor Road. It even had one of those ready-made return address stickers with his name on it.

  • Letters to the editor - 8.4

    ‘Embarrassed’ to live in Anderson County

    To the editor:

    Last Wednesday I was reading The Anderson News as I do every week and when I put the paper down, I was filled with disappointment and dread.

    I am so ashamed of our county government and angry at the waste. We pay these people from a “too-little budget” and provide them with computers so they can spend work time wasting our dollars.

    I consider this fraud.

  • Letters to the editor - 7.28

    Bourbon does more harm than good

    To the editor:

    I read the editorial in the July 31 issue of The Anderson News about the blessings of the bourbon to Anderson County. In reference to those who go to church and don’t drink being hypocrites, most of those that I know are not perfect but are not hypocrites. They just believe what the word of God says about strong drink. I know many hypocrites in other phases of life, perhaps there are some in the news media.

  • COLUMN: Will the next judge fire these people?

    Large women, gays, animal lovers and anyone with a reasonable sense of decency will likely feel like showering the next time they visit the judge-executive’s office on Main Street.

    Who could blame them?

    That office is where county employees have admitted in sworn depositions that they shared e-mails containing slurs against gays, pornographic videos featuring large women and stories about their private sex lives. This was done on county-owned computer equipment while you, the taxpayer, paid their salaries.

  • COLUMN: Three R's to take care of Mother Nature

    I know the heat index has been high, but haven’t the sunsets been beautiful? I love to watch the “spin out” in the evenings, after a long day. The streaks of rose red, inset among the blue sky, and wispy white clouds is a masterpiece to behold. It just makes you want to say thank you, even if you are sweating bullets.

  • COLUMN: Cats make great pets, too

    Four years ago, I made my first trip to Anderson County as a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed intern ready to take on the world of journalism.

    Perhaps, then, it’s no surprise that during my 10-week internship, I fell in love with a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, teeny, tiny kitten whose face I first saw as a featured pet of the Anderson Humane Society in an issue of our paper.

    Staring at those scared little eyes through the newsprint, I knew this kitten had to be mine.

  • COLUMN: Bless our bourbon for helping fund schools

    Column as I see ’em ...

    Bet you didn’t know that money from the sale of bourbon will help buy your child or grandchild’s textbooks this coming school year.

    It will also help feed them, pay their teachers, put fuel in their buses and keep their classrooms warm on cold days.

    Yep, those awful, evil distilleries that pollute our souls with their wicked brew are without question our public school system’s greatest benefactors, and there’s not a thing you anti-alcohol types can do about it.