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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Hatch Act violation? Look somewhere else

    Here’s why fools should stick to the business of being fools and leave the serious work to those who know how to do it.
    Following the general election, I used this space to blow off steam about those who placed what amounted to garbage in our drop box in an effort to anonymously smear a candidate for judge-executive.
    From personal financial documents to outrageous claims about his private life, these people were looking for someone to do their dirty work, apparently for fear of soiling the reputations of their chosen candidate.

  • COLUMN: How common is courtesy?

    What is common courtesy? Well, I can tell you what it’s not.
    A little over a week ago, I was approached by one of our readers who was particularly riled up about customers who don’t tip appropriately at restaurants.
    Readily admitting that she wasn’t a nice person and saying I could most likely approach the issue with more tact than she would, she suggested I write a column about common courtesy. The little things people do that should get noticed, she said.

  • COLUMN: Waiting for Tea Partiers to burn their social security cards

    A big shout out to all my liberal Democrat friends in Anderson County who voted in this last election.
    There must be what, at least four or five of us now? Band together, brothers and sisters. Don’t lose hope.
    But we have to give it to the Republicans, however. They certainly know how to make themselves look good, and have no apologies for any blunders.

  • COLUMN: Gardening keeps us close to the earth

    Happy December. The 12th month has arrived and winter officially begins on the 21st, the same day we have the full cold moon.
    The winter solstice means it’s the shortest day of the year, with only nine hours and four minutes of daylight. To top it off, we have an eclipse of the moon taking place around 1:30 the same morning. What a great way to end the year.

  • LETTER: Sentencing calls justice into question

    I am appalled that the judicial system in Anderson County is so inconsistent.
    In the past month, there have been several stories where the punishment for crimes just makes no sense to me. The Rachel Lawhon and the Gordon Lunceford cases for example. Ms. Lawhon was found guilty of basically a cyber crime, no physical contact, while Mr. Lunceford was found guilty of physically abusing a child.
    Ms. Lawhon was sentenced to seven years; Mr. Lunceford’s sentence was probated.

  • EDITORIAL: When it comes to websites, what’s ours is actually yours

    We’ve been making a big deal lately about our new website — or at least we’ve been trying to.
    Most of the feedback we’ve received has been positive, and we’ll be the first to say it’s a lot better than where we were before.
    However, one thing we haven’t been making nearly enough fuss over is how much this website isn’t so much ours as it is yours.
    Yes, we provide the content, but what makes for a successful website is the interaction that takes place on it.

  • COLUMN: Serious reasons to be thankful this Turkey day

    A couple weeks ago, I wrote a semi-sarcastic column in the spirit of the season being thankful for the time change.
    Last week, I got pretty serious reflecting on recent happenings with my father.
    This week, it’s time to combine the two and get thankful for some serious things.
    In a span of seven days, my father had a heart attack, my husband’s grandmother was diagnosed with cancer for the second time and my husband had a car accident.

  • COLUMN: Thirsty ground may get a drink this winter

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all. As we wrap up November, we can look at a few signs for our winter forecast. Benjamin Franklin wrote Poor Richard’s Almanac and in it he used the signs of nature to predict the coming weather.
    One of the signs he used was the length of time the leaves held onto the trees. The longer they stayed, the worse the winter. We still have leaves hanging on to many trees. Another sign was the temperature in November. A warm November foretells a cold winter.