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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Politicking food for thought

    Anderson County’s political candidates campaigned hard this past weekend.

    Well, at least that’s what I can assume from the pile of campaign literature I found blocking the entrance to my home on Sunday night.

    So maybe “blocking the entrance” is a bit overkill, but I had a lot to pick up before I could unlock the door and go inside.

    I was out of town this weekend, so I wasn’t home to answer the multiple knocks on my door, although I’m sure my dog tried her best from the back yard to tell the candidates I wasn’t there.

  • COLUMN: Nipping a nasty rumor in the bud

    Rumors are ugly things, aren’t they?

    Well, I’ve heard what I hope is just a rumor over the past week or so that is so ugly it appears to have fallen out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.

    As hard as it is to believe, I’ve heard from several sources that overtures have been made to turn the now defunct auto dealership across from Kroger into — wait for it! — a public building.

  • COLUMN: Use coffee, bananas to make roses bloom

    One of the best things about my roll into summer is breakfast with the birds. They make such beautiful music in the morning you just want to get up and be out there with them.

    I almost feel like Homeland Security, listening in on a hundred different conversations. I only wish I knew what they were saying. They sure sound happy.

  • Letters to the editor - 4.21

    Burkhead ‘most qualified’ to be next sheriff

    To the editor:

    Rex Burkhead’s candidacy for Anderson County sheriff presents an opportunity for us to install the most qualified, experienced and best-trained law enforcement officer that we’ve ever had in the county’s top position.

  • Letters to the editor - 4.14

    Anderson already has proven sheriff

    To the editor:

    I would like to share my feelings on the upcoming election for Anderson County sheriff.

    I was hired full time at the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 1, 1983. I retired Jan. 1, 2009 after 25 years of service and still fill in part time when needed. I personally can vouch for the honesty and integrity of Sheriff Troy Young and the staff he has hand picked.

  • COLUMN: Palin's speech proves just how scary she can be

    I was able to catch Sarah Palin’s speech Friday to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.

    It was very difficult to swallow, listening to that seemingly squeaky clean voice, but I watched the whole thing on MSNBC.

    She has been coached and is getting better with her delivery, and through that cultivated, almost Fargo accent she was actually able to string together a few entire sentences. She must have a better speech writer now. But she hasn’t lost that cyclical manner of phrasing her words. It makes one a bit dizzy.

  • COLUMN: Get informed this campaign season

    The beauty of democracy is that citizens elect their own leaders.

    The not-so-pretty side is that too many citizens elect to be uneducated voters, settling to cast ballots for the most recognizable name or because their [insert random acquaintance/relative here] told them to.

    This year, The Anderson News is trying, through several means, to help you, dear readers, become educated and informed voters.

  • COLUMN: Judge hopefuls jockey for position

    Anyone who thinks the ongoing battle to determine the county’s next judge-executive is nothing but four candidates spreading their positive messages about why they should be elected just isn’t paying enough attention.

    We need look no further than last Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting for evidence.

    With all four candidates — incumbent Steve Cornish, Magistrate John Wayne Conway, highway foreman Chip Chambers and independent candidate Donna Drury — in attendance, there was no shortage of positioning going on.