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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • COLUMN: Not sold on notion court’s not buying

    It appears the Anderson County Fiscal Court has a line on a pile of grant money to purchase some property.

    I don’t know that for a fact, but make the assumption based on statements by the judge-executive and ongoing closed-door negotiations during recent fiscal court meetings.

    A month ago, Judge-Executive Steve Cornish slammed the door on what he said were ongoing rumors that the fiscal court was considering buying the current health department building once it moves into its new $2 million home near Wal-Mart. (More on that in a moment.)

  • COLUMN: Brother’s hunt proves patience pays off

    Patience, how many of us can say we have that trait? Ever heard the saying the best things happen to those who wait? I’m not always the most patient person, especially when I want it done or I’m in a hurry. While you may not be a believer of that saying, every now and then you get a great example of one though.  For me that happened youth hunt weekend with my brother.

  • COLUMN: Sometimes family is all we have

    I’ve learned a lot about family in the past week. It’s probably nothing I haven’t learned before, but some lessons are worth repeating.

    Family may very well be the most important thing in this life since it is the first thing God gives us when we are born. But because some original families don’t live up to their potential, we continue to get opportunities to add to the group we call our family.

  • COLUMN: Get prepared for winter to help save on energy bills

    As the leaves go from green to gold, and the makings for compost blanket the lawn, I have one constant chore, removing sticktights. Walking the farm leaves me covered with the little seeds that attach themselves to almost everything.

    Spanky and Tiller get covered from head to toe causing me to keep the brushes by the back door. I’ve learned to wear nylon. I really believe that some scientist ought to study those little seeds and make them the “new” Velcro of our time.

  • Letters to the editor - 10.21

    Where’s ‘revolt’ over sewer billing?

    To the editor:

    Have any citizens written opinions to The Anderson News about the sewer billing in Lawrenceburg?

    I’m surprised people haven’t begun a revolt.

    We live in Briar Creek and recently had to water quite a bit outside to get new grass to germinate before cold weather (we did have a dry spell in September) and I just received my water bill for the month.

  • COLUMN: Newspapers are still alive

    In the middle of a spirited conversation with my husband about the industry I’ve grown to love so much, I paused, choked back a tear, and said:

    “I mean this in the most loving way possible, but you’re a prime of example of why newspapers are ‘dying.’ “

    I then launched into a laundry list of reasons to back up my thesis statement.

    He never reads this newspaper.

    He doesn’t care what happens locally even though we’ve been Lawrenceburg residents for four months.