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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • COLUMN: Middle school redemption

    Bangs curled under and teased, wire-rimmed glasses, braces with colorful rubber bands — that was me in middle school.

    For whatever reason, I’ve been reminiscing about those years, 1997 and 1998 to be exact, a lot lately.

    Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of speaking to Mrs. Lisa Winfrey’s classes at Anderson County Middle School. This is the fourth or fifth time I’ve talked to her students and it’s always a wonderful experience.

  • EDITORIAL: Let's grab our share if Harley shows up

    Opportunity is likely to knock fairly soon on Anderson County’s door. It will be interesting to see if we, as a community, are willing to let it in.

    By now most of you know that Harley-Davidson is considering moving its manufacturing operations from York, Pa., to Shelbyville. That move would create a reported 2,000 jobs there and give Shelbyville one heck of a shot in the arm.

  • EDITORIAL: Saving Hilltop was incredible

    By all rights, Hilltop Plaza should be nothing more than a pile of charred remains.

    The fire that tragically ruined two businesses and killed dozens of animals could have, heck should have, been much worse.

    When our reporter arrived minutes after the fire was called out, smoke was already billowing from the building’s rafters. Given that strip malls are rivaled in short burning time only by trailers, it appeared to be a goner.

    But thanks for city and county firefighters, that isn’t the case.