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Today's Opinions

  • Fix these problems, too

    We’ve had several calls and comments from readers who were none too happy with the tractor and truck pulls, particularly because of the late-night noise and litter.
    Screaming engines at 10 p.m. on a Friday night are one thing, but when they’re howling after midnight, it’s understandable that some folks are going to object.
    We checked, and the city’s 911 dispatch center said it received three calls Friday night, but none Saturday when the pulls ended much earlier.

  • Rent pulling track to shut up critics

    Good weather and large crowds mean last weekend’s truck and tractor pull will result in a hefty donation for the county park.
    Just how hefty that donation will be is unanswerable, and not because receipts from the gate and concessions are still being counted.
    And that’s a problem.
    The Anderson County Fiscal Court needs to adopt a hard-and-fast policy on using the county park for events of any kind, including those designed to be fundraisers.

  • When food is sugar free, look more closely

    Last week I met with the group at the Senior Center to discuss carbohydrate counting, diabetes management and sugar free foods.
    The big question was if sugar free foods are really good for you.  
    The true definition of a sugar free food is that it has less than .5g of sugars. Some manufacturers are not complying with the FDA regulations that any sugar free food that is not low or reduced in calories should disclose that fact.  

  • Christians should unite for National Day of Prayer

    To the editor:
    Is America in a crisis? I believe so.
    I believe America is in a crisis of belief.
    Sometimes it seems like our world is spinning out of control.  Maybe it seems that your own life is spinning out of control.
    Do you often long for peace and tranquility? God won’t force himself in where he is not invited.
    Particularly, our government has been pushing God out of American life every way they can.
    God will keep out. “America, America, God shed his grace on thee. …”

  • CASA says thanks for successful auction

    To the editor:
    Court Appointed Special Advocates, which serves Franklin and Anderson counties, would like to thank you for your support of the “Bids for Kids” auction that benefited the CASA volunteer program.
    A special evening was held in Frankfort on April 19 in support of CASA. Donated artwork was auctioned and works for sale included framed and unframed landscapes, prints, watercolors, cityscapes, abstracts and more.
    Dinner was offered after the auction with a portion of all restaurant sales supporting CASA.

  • Hard work results in cleaner Wildcat Road

    To the editor:
    Thanks to a group of hard-working people, Wildcat Road is one step closer to becoming the pristine landscape it once was.
    Last week, tons of waste and garbage was removed from one of the prettiest one-mile stretches of road in Anderson County.
    I want to offer a sincere thank you to everyone who made possible this major cleanup project.

  • Offense is worst defense

    We’ve perfected the art of being offended.
    Correction.
    We love perfecting the art of being offended.
    People stumble all over themselves — and their computer keys — to be the first to offer their shock, disgust and outrage.
    Pick a war, any war: the war on Christmas, the war on women, even the ridiculously hyped presidential election doggie wars.
    Pick a side, and get your fake rage on.  
    I suppose it’s how you can remind yourself of your own humanity, that at least you’re not as bad as that guy.

  • Too chicken to fight fires, but at least firefighters aren’t

    Sweat stinging my eyes and breathing super-heated air, I exited a burning house last Saturday morning with a long-held belief firmly intact: Firefighters are absolutely out of their ever-lovin’ minds.
    Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes invited me to a house burning that morning near the Four Roses Distillery, saying that I could get a taste of what it’s like to be inside of a burning building.