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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Do something nice for your mother (earth, that is)

    Welcome to November.

    The leaves just started to fall consistently and it’s late. Remember what that means? The later the fall, the worse the winter.

    We looked at Mother Nature’s signs so I thought it might be fun to see what the National Weather Service has predicted for us this winter. Now, they don’t use squirrel tails or anthills for their forecasts.

  • Letters to the editor - 11.4

    Politicians to blame for nation’s ills

    To the editor:

    Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

    Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits? Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?

  • COLUMN: Calling for a do-over

    Anderson County needs a do-over.

    A do-over, that is, on the board of health’s decision to construct a $2 million building near Walmart.

    For the life of me I cannot make sense of that decision, and not from the perspective of whether such a building is even needed.

    Here’s what doesn’t add up: The health board, after years of contemplation and consideration of roughly 20 options, chose to swap a perfectly good public building plus $125,000 in cash for 2 acres of land near Walmart.

  • COLUMN: A Halloween 'princess diary'

    Being a Disney princess never goes out of style — on Halloween that is.

    In my research for the story on today’s front page, I learned that Disney princess costumes are the seventh most popular among children this year. And of course, if you have a young girl in the family or take a stroll through any toy section for any reason, you’re bound to see the whole gang — Snow White, Belle, Cinderella, Aurora.

    For me, I’m not exactly sure who came first, Belle or Cinderella. Either way, they both have left vivid Halloween stories in my memory.

  • Letters to the editor - 10.28

    Elk photo akin to watching ‘vomit in color’

    To the editor:

    Once again my senses were pinched by a ghastly color photo of a beautiful, dead animal on the cover of [last week’s] paper.

    It happens every year.

    Yes, I know all the reasons. They eat the meat, it’s a sport, family activity, good for kids’ self-esteem, etc.

    I completely understand and know there is an overpopulation of deer. Heck, they brought the elk in just so they could be shot at, I guess. 

  • COLUMN: Let's bring our families together for a winter dance

    A couple weekends ago I was asked for my opinion on an idea one by one of my church members.

    The idea was to have a family dance around this winter, which my mom and I think is a great idea for a variety of reasons.

    There isn’t a lot to do during the winter besides sit at home because it’s cold and few sports seasons are in play.

    The dance would be inside, where it would be warm, and we could have fun socializing and dancing.

    Who doesn’t love a few hours of that?

  • COLUMN Wooly bears, plants offer predictions for winter

    As we fall deeper into our cold season, we can watch for several signs, like the “old-timers” did.

    They watched their environment. I use several of these folklore forecasters. It’s fun and it’s fairly accurate. Just keep an eye on your environment.

    Start watching the moon for halos. A lot of them means a lot of snow falls. Take a look at the wooly worms. They’re all over the place right now. There are several different kinds of wooly bears, and they do come in different bands of colors or even solid black.

  • COLUMN: Health board earns kudos

    Column as I see ’em ...

    Kudos this week go to the Anderson County Board of Health for listening to the public and doing away with that goofy septic tank pumping ordinance. (See page A1.)

    Anderson was the only county in the state with such an ordinance, and with good reason: it was bad policy.