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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the editor - 9.23

    Health chair should be open minded or resign

    To the editor:

    I attended the Anderson County Board of Health meeting, August 23, 2009 to express my concern about the ordinance concerning septic systems. This meeting was for the public to make comments about the current ordinance.

    The board of health stated that this ordinance was in the best interest of Anderson County due to groundwater and public health concerns over failing septic systems. However, the board could not produce facts as to why a system would need pumping every three years.

  • COLUMN: There’s plenty to love about fall

    Yesterday was the first official day of fall — one of my favorite seasons.

    Last year, I wrote about how much I love the smell of fall and how my husband pointed out that that means I must love the smell of dead leaves. Well, so be it. But I won’t bore you with that two years in a row.

    Last week, as we were tossing around ideas for a poll question on our website, it occurred to me that fall was literally just a week away. So, we decided to find out what you — our readers — love most about fall.

  • COLUMN: Fall's onset means it's time to put gardens to bed

    I was driving home just after dusk the other night and caught a whiff of watermelons in the air.

    It was cut grass, but to me it smelled like watermelon. It was like a last hoorah of summer.

    Well, autumn did officially begin yesterday. I know the cycle of life includes all four seasons, but I do hate to see the warm one go. But, go it must.

    I’m sure I’m not the only gardener that dreads putting the garden to bed. Now if I were getting ready to plant, I’d be raring to go.

  • COLUMN: President’s speech was inspiring, not controversial

    President Obama made history yet again, but this time he inspired a nation of children. Elementary students did not get to view it but almost all the middle school and two high school classes watched it.

    I was in one of those two high school classes when it was on.

    Obama’s speech wasn’t full of politics like some people thought. Instead it turned out to be pretty inspiring.

  • COLUMN: A lack of class goes nowhere

    I have to admit, I did not watch the VMAs on MTV Sunday night. I was among the millions of Americans tuning in to Sunday Night Football on NBC.

    However, more than I’ve heard about Brian Urlacher’s season-ending wrist injury and Jay Cutler’s four interceptions, I’ve been hearing about Kanye West’s outburst in the middle of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech during Sunday night’s award show.

    If you’re a fan of pop music, country music or have a child under the age of 25, chances are you know who Taylor Swift is.

  • COLUMN: Gather seeds now for next year’s garden

    Another season has come and gone. Seems like only yesterday we were savoring that first ear of corn, ripe tomato and squash casserole.

    I was usually up and picking at 6 a.m. Now the sun isn’t even up until after 7. The planet has moved on to the next season and so must we.

  • Letters to the editor - 9.16

    Anderson sidestepped dog ordinance ‘disaster’

    To the editor: 

    Having lived in rural Kentucky, I understand the difference between city dogs and country dogs. 

    That said, I presently live in Jefferson County where, several years ago, a much longer version of the recently proposed Anderson County dog ordinance was passed into law.

    Both ordinances can be traced back to the same source. Both ordinances were touted as cures to communities ravaged by dog attacks.

  • COLUMN: Gillispie’s rehab comments music to prosecutor’s ears

    Column as I see ’em ...

    You know that whole spiel the police go through while making an arrest? The “anything you say can and will be used against you” spiel?

    Someone should tell Billy Gillispie that that includes comments made to the media after he popped off to a Houston-area television station shortly after entering alcohol rehabilitation.