Today's Opinions

  • Backpack Buddies needs community’s support

    Did you know that 47 percent or approximately 3,800 Anderson County children receive free or reduced school meals? Did you ever wonder what those children eat on the weekends?
    We do. We are Anderson County Backpack Buddies, a tax-exempt, non-profit organization that helps feed those children on the weekends.

  • Late night fireworks made animals, humans suffer

    To the editor:
    I want to comment about the terrible fireworks that were going off all over town (during the Fourth of July).
    They seemed like they would never stop, and think of all of the people who have heart trouble, cancer, have trouble breathing and all of the other health problems people have.
    Think also about our pets, including dogs, which have a greater sensitivity to loud noises. My dog suffered so terribly that he got into a closet and we had to set a fan in there to keep it cool and from having a heart attack.

  • Lawyers should represent the community

    To the editor:
    So — it’s not enough that a member of our city council has to denounce the lawyers of Main Street as “shysters,” but then he has to go and apologize for it. Well, methinks that Mr. Evans doth now protest too much, that he should have stuck with his initial assessment, and that he deserves a certain measure of comeuppance for his apology.

  • The myth of the slippery slope

    I don’t believe in the slippery slope.
    You know, that metaphorical downward hill of depravity everyone talks about.
    I basically put it in the same category as the bogeyman. Or unicorns.
    I consider myself a pretty respectful and responsible person. I pay my taxes. I give change to the Salvation Army at Christmastime. I refrain from taking candy from small children, or kicking cute puppies.
    Imagine my astonishment when I learn that my generation’s sliding down the slope’s shifting sands of immorality.  

  • Common sense in short supply

    Column as I see ’em …
    Here’s a thought from a reader that makes sense — that is unless the goofy rules handed down from state government are applied.
    I received an e-mail from a reader who requested anonymity but wanted to weigh in on the school district’s decision not to budget to purchase high school text books, allowing instead the school’s site based council (which has no authority to tax but in this case is doing so anyway) to ding each kid $50 as an “instructional fee.”

  • Focus on spreading the gospel, not building mega churches

    Here is an interesting thought: Why is it that around every corner from Ninevah to Stringtown from North Anderson to South Anderson there are church buildings?
     When I say buildings, I mean mega, multimillion dollar church buildings.  Some right on top of one another.  Best selling author David Platt in his book, Radical Together, says, “Why would we spend an inordinate amount of our resources on something that is never prescribed or even encouraged in the New Testament?

  • Now it’s time to harvest the fruits of labor

    I can’t believe it’s the end of July.
    I have noticed that it’s getting light later in the mornings and that’s my reminder that the season is passing, however slowly. I took the time one morning last week to spend a few glorious minutes just sitting on the porch, listening to Mother Nature. It was incredible.

  • Debunking climate change and Obama’s debt ceiling scare tactics

    It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through summer.
    I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to visit with many of you at school sporting events, graduation ceremonies, county fairs, local festivals and Chamber of Commerce events.
    I appreciate this opportunity to share my thoughts on issues so many have recently mentioned by e-mail, phone and/or in person. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions, concerns and speaking requests. I’ll make every effort to accommodate your groups’ wishes.