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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the editor - 5.5

    Truck, tractor pull not a benefit to our ears

    To the editor:

    I read your comments in the last edition of The Anderson News regarding the truck and tractor pulls held at the county park. I understand the benefits to the community of holding events such as these in the county. However, there is a downside that you did not mention.

  • COLUMN: Time in Tyrone would be good for us all

    It was a warning I dismissed almost immediately, not because I am brave, but mostly because I hate being told I can’t do something.

    “Welcome to Anderson County, but if you know what’s good for you, you’d better stay out of Tyrone,” a few folks told me when I arrived in town four years ago.

    “Not even the police like to go down there,” they said.

  • COLUMN: This spring, beware the emerald ash borer

    Welcome, May. The ducks are on the pond and the locust is in bloom. Spring really has sprung. I love to watch the trees leaf out and admire the hundreds of shades of green that end up painting the landscape. Out here in the country, we’ve got lots of trees, but some are growing purple boxes.

  • COLUMN: Pray for those who are still weathering the storm

    This weekend, I was one of the lucky ones.

    Most of us were.

    Rain fell at a steady pace in Lawrenceburg for nearly two days, and aside from the small stream that developed in my front yard, I escaped unscathed.

    Though I saw the rain falling outside my window, it was hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that some of my neighbors were flooded from their homes, watching the water pile up in their back yards from neighbors’ porches.

  • COLUMN: Man with plan strikes blow to restaurant tax

    Column as I see ’em ...

    It seems that each time spring rolls around someone kicks the anthill that houses those who support a restaurant tax to promote tourism and sends them scurrying again all over town, looking for bread crumbs.

    While I certainly don’t mind reprising my roll as chief exterminator and busting a fresh can of Raid, it’s good to know that there’s a man with a plan besides me willing to prove the folly of that tax.

  • COLUMN: Get rid of weeds in eco-friendly ways

    Well, another Earth Day has passed and I hope you all celebrated by being kind to the earth. After all, it’s the only planet with chocolate.

    The “reduce, reuse and recycle” saying has certainly had a positive impact. More people are doing more to limit the amount of trash we bury into Mother Earth. That makes a huge difference.

  • COLUMN: Don’t complain unless you walk 7,000 miles in his shoes

    First thing Friday morning, I began to complain to myself, if not out loud.

    It was raining. It was cold(er than it had been). It was shaping up to be a miserable day.

    But Friday was one of those days when something happens to put all of your complaints in perspective.

    I had an interview, which was set to take place outdoors, scheduled for Friday morning.

    While at that interview, I got rained on, my hair was wet and I knelt down in something that I’m going to call mud.

    But by the end of the interview, none of those things mattered.

  • Letters to the editor - 4.28

    Taxpayers shouldn’t have to foot the bill for ‘new’ county government offices

    To the editor:

    If county government’s intention of taking over the old Countryside Motors facility is in fact just rumor, our county officials now have good reason to call you out on it for your editorial. But if it is not, I believe a good number of our citizens may share my sentiments as follows: