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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Letters to the editor - 4.7

    Challenger league a great opportunity

    To the editor,  

    My wife and I share the privilege of raising a special child. Our ‘grand’ son is 10 years old. We recently read about the new Challenger Division of the Anderson County Little League in your paper. We tried to get him interested but he didn’t want to play.

    Then he heard that some of his friends were going to be on this baseball team and changed his mind. We have been to two practices, and they were fun.

  • COLUMN: Perennials make yards a 'riot of color'

    It’s just so gorgeous outside I can hardly stand it. I had last Friday off and that morning, waiting for the sun to rise, I was almost quivering like a dog waiting for the ball to fly. So much to do, and so lovely to be able to do it.

    The best thing about working outside is being able to see immediate results. It just puts a smile on your face and keeps it there. The spud planting went well, but I’ll have lots more to do as the days move closer to summer.

  • COLUMN: To have a love like theirs

    Family is one thing over which we have zero control.

    Some of us are born into horrible situations and wish to escape as soon as we can. Some of us, however, are born into situations that, although less than perfect, we wouldn’t change even if God gave us the option.

    I’m thankful that I fall into the latter category.

  • COLUMN: Woman's sex toy, porn lawsuit heading from simmer to boil

    Column as I see ’em ...

    Remember the sexual harassment lawsuit filed last year by a fired county employee who alleges she had a sex toy left on her desk and was shown pornography on a coworker’s computer?

    Like the weather, that lawsuit is heating up and is likely headed for trial within the next several months.

    What a Dumpster fire that’s going to be.

  • COLUMN: It's a great time to start planting root crops

    Wow. March is over? I swear, the closer we get to summer, the more time speeds up. Good Friday is almost upon us and I have the day off. I’ll be planting my spuds. The moon is waning, which is perfect for below ground crops, and the weather forecast is good. That almost never happens for me and I’m thrilled.