Today's Opinions

  • Be ready for weather to drive you nuts

    Tree frogs in February? Honest to John, I heard them singing symphonies here on the farm last Thursday. I’m half expecting lightning bugs to show up next. This has certainly been a weird winter. I know we’re all itching to plant and I’m going to do just that.
    My peas, carrot and potato seeds and broccoli and cauliflower plants are going in just as soon as I get the time.

  • Thanks for help, prayers

    To the editor:
    Recently, our house was destroyed by fire.
    We want to thank everyone, from the brave people who tried to save our home, to those who have helped with donations, assistance and prayers.
    Thank you, and God bless you.
    Don and Dawn Keeling

  • Christianity radically different from cults

    To the editor:
    Columnist Nancy Kennedy wrote a column in the Feb. 15 edition of the paper in which she used the phenomenon of “cargo cults” to illustrate something about the Christian life.
    In response, Yossarian Riley wrote a Feb. 22 letter to the editor in which he appeared to equate Christianity with the cargo cults that came into being among remote tribes following World War II.
    I had never heard of cargo cults so I searched the Internet to learn more.

  • Government keeps ripping off the poor

    To the editor:
    This is a poor state with a government that has policies in place to give it excuses to steal from the poor.
    I am one person and the following has happened to me.
    State taxes: we are being nickel and dimed out of our money. When you pay taxes out of your paycheck you expect to get back all that is owed you, right? But you don’t because there are those zeros in the cents column, including your “owed” line. If any cents are owed you they keep it.  
    Multiply that for the entire state.

  • What are you putting in your mouth?

    To the editor:
    What’s on your plate? If you do not eat locally grown, raised, and/or produced food, then more than likely you are eating food that is not real.
    This food has been chemically processed and refined while adding artificial ingredients to produce it in different shapes, sizes, tastes, colors and forms. And since our government allows genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be consumed by humans and farm animals, our food may contain foreign genes, which have been spliced together in laboratories.

  • Time for a refresher course

    If you’re not too dizzy from the shift in damaging winds, hail and tornadoes to snowball-perfect winter weather, it may be a good time to catch up.
    Breaking news is important, but so is catching up on Anderson County news that has continued to change and evolve beyond what is initially reported.
    Let’s take this opportunity to catch our breath and recall some temporarily forgotten stories from just a few months ago.

    City travel and training policy

  • Best way to deal with an annoying boss

    The next time the person who signs your paycheck pesters you with questions, do the following:
    1. Don’t respond.
    2. Say you won’t be available to answer any questions “until next Thursday.”
    If he or she sends me an email, ignore it.
    If he or she calls, pretend you’re not in and then ignore that little flashing light on your phone when they leave you a voicemail.

  • March means farm license plate, other renewals

    As we approach the busiest month of the year, I thought this month’s column should be about paying taxes and licensing your vehicles.
    The Anderson County Clerk’s Office strives to provide information that will better assist the consumer with their transactions in our office We want your experience to be as pleasant as possible.  Each year, the Department of Revenue places a value on your vehicle. Tax rates set by each taxing district are then applied to your vehicle’s value.