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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Make heartfelt gifts this year

    Here comes the cold. Have you looked at the trees? Some still have a few leaves clinging on to their branches. Guess the little chemical scissors haven’t finished snipping yet.

    November sure has spoiled us with all of its warm weather. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but December is going to feel like winter. Well, I guess that’s only fitting since Christmas is just around the corner and that means gifts.

  • Letters to the editor - 12-2

    Fox/Beck/Limbaugh/Hannity talking points not enough

    To the editor:

    Karen Richardson’s lengthy letter to the editor [Obama’s strategy must be stopped] in last week’s paper consisted of 18 paragraphs of statements and opinions without referencing one specific supportable fact.

    The Cloward-Piven Strategy to which she refers is a document written in the mid-1960s (50 years old, folks) that has absolutely no bearing or factual basis linking it to events occurring today.

  • COLUMN: Agricultural changes coming at right time

    Thursday is Thanksgiving and I have a lot to be thankful for this year.

    You, my readers, are one of the reasons for which I’m thankful. As the year comes to a close I think of all the kind words that have come my way from you. I think of all the questions and answers, all the stories shared and all the smiles exchanged. Along with a few seeds. You keep me on my toes and I thank you.

  • COLUMN: Carcass dumpers giving hunters a bad name

    There is a remarkable difference between those who hunt and those who are hunters.

    Hunters are those who respect the tradition, follow the rules and harvest animals the right way and for the right reasons.

    Those who hunt are, at their worst, morons who swill beer or smoke dope (or both) while blasting away at whatever is unfortunate enough to walk in front of them.

    Too broad a brush? Too bad.

    Those who hunt are giving hunters a bad name, and I’m sick of it.

    Take, for instance, the morons who dump deer carcasses along our back roads.

  • COLUMN: Count your many blessings

    Monday was a beast of a morning. I hit snooze at least three times before I got up.

    While getting dressed I saw a stain on my pant leg, and it didn’t take long to realize the jacket I pulled from the back of the closet was about a size too small.

    I already didn’t feel great, and all the clothing chaos gave me a headache and made me later than I wanted to be for work.

  • Letters to the editor - 11.25

    Climb aboard ‘industrial bandwagon’

    To the editor:

    I am ecstatic to see that Harley-Davidson is looking into moving its current York, Pa., facility to our great state.

    Hopefully, our current county and city leaders will not be content with just “grabbing our share” of the move if it happens.

    Why not do whatever it takes to grab the whole pie?

  • Letters to the editor - 11.18

    Medical expertise important for coroner

    To the editor:

    I was pleased to read in The Anderson News that Dr. Mark Tussey has announced his candidacy for Anderson County coroner.

    Coroner is a very important official of any community. It is the duty of the coroner to declare the cause of any death that is questionable occurring within the county. A scientific understanding of human anatomy and the numerous and varied complex causes of death are vital to fulfilling the function and responsibility of his office.

  • COLUMN: Band gives high school bragging rights

    Anderson County High School has made plenty of history and has a lot about which to brag.

    From academics to sports, the high school is great.

    This year we’ll add another to that list, and this time it’s the marching band making history.

    Our band made school history by placing eighth in the state semifinals in its class, its highest finish ever. It jumped eight spots from last year, which is a huge improvement.