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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Calling for a do-over

    Anderson County needs a do-over.

    A do-over, that is, on the board of health’s decision to construct a $2 million building near Walmart.

    For the life of me I cannot make sense of that decision, and not from the perspective of whether such a building is even needed.

    Here’s what doesn’t add up: The health board, after years of contemplation and consideration of roughly 20 options, chose to swap a perfectly good public building plus $125,000 in cash for 2 acres of land near Walmart.

  • COLUMN: A Halloween 'princess diary'

    Being a Disney princess never goes out of style — on Halloween that is.

    In my research for the story on today’s front page, I learned that Disney princess costumes are the seventh most popular among children this year. And of course, if you have a young girl in the family or take a stroll through any toy section for any reason, you’re bound to see the whole gang — Snow White, Belle, Cinderella, Aurora.

    For me, I’m not exactly sure who came first, Belle or Cinderella. Either way, they both have left vivid Halloween stories in my memory.

  • Letters to the editor - 10.28

    Elk photo akin to watching ‘vomit in color’

    To the editor:

    Once again my senses were pinched by a ghastly color photo of a beautiful, dead animal on the cover of [last week’s] paper.

    It happens every year.

    Yes, I know all the reasons. They eat the meat, it’s a sport, family activity, good for kids’ self-esteem, etc.

    I completely understand and know there is an overpopulation of deer. Heck, they brought the elk in just so they could be shot at, I guess. 

  • COLUMN: Let's bring our families together for a winter dance

    A couple weekends ago I was asked for my opinion on an idea one by one of my church members.

    The idea was to have a family dance around this winter, which my mom and I think is a great idea for a variety of reasons.

    There isn’t a lot to do during the winter besides sit at home because it’s cold and few sports seasons are in play.

    The dance would be inside, where it would be warm, and we could have fun socializing and dancing.

    Who doesn’t love a few hours of that?

  • COLUMN Wooly bears, plants offer predictions for winter

    As we fall deeper into our cold season, we can watch for several signs, like the “old-timers” did.

    They watched their environment. I use several of these folklore forecasters. It’s fun and it’s fairly accurate. Just keep an eye on your environment.

    Start watching the moon for halos. A lot of them means a lot of snow falls. Take a look at the wooly worms. They’re all over the place right now. There are several different kinds of wooly bears, and they do come in different bands of colors or even solid black.

  • COLUMN: Health board earns kudos

    Column as I see ’em ...

    Kudos this week go to the Anderson County Board of Health for listening to the public and doing away with that goofy septic tank pumping ordinance. (See page A1.)

    Anderson was the only county in the state with such an ordinance, and with good reason: it was bad policy.

  • COLUMN: Not sold on notion court’s not buying

    It appears the Anderson County Fiscal Court has a line on a pile of grant money to purchase some property.

    I don’t know that for a fact, but make the assumption based on statements by the judge-executive and ongoing closed-door negotiations during recent fiscal court meetings.

    A month ago, Judge-Executive Steve Cornish slammed the door on what he said were ongoing rumors that the fiscal court was considering buying the current health department building once it moves into its new $2 million home near Wal-Mart. (More on that in a moment.)

  • COLUMN: Brother’s hunt proves patience pays off

    Patience, how many of us can say we have that trait? Ever heard the saying the best things happen to those who wait? I’m not always the most patient person, especially when I want it done or I’m in a hurry. While you may not be a believer of that saying, every now and then you get a great example of one though.  For me that happened youth hunt weekend with my brother.