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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor - 03.25

    Columnist should stick to stats, photos

    To the editor:

    The following is a letter to Linda Graves, the News-Democrat columnist in Carrollton who criticized some fans of the Lady Bearcats for their behavior during a recent basketball game.

    Dear Mrs. Graves:

  • Hanging out with Billy Clyde, for now

    My years of scribbling notes and asking pesky questions have landed me in front of some fairly interesting and noteworthy folks over the years.

    The pinnacle was probably the time I spent about 10 minutes one-on-one with W’s dad, the first president Bush, following a speech he gave during the Clinton years.

  • COLUMN: Find your lobster, don't look like one

    One of my favorite episodes of “Friends” is “The One with the Prom Video” (Season 2, Episode 14). It’s during this episode that Phoebe reveals her lobster theory.

    Though Rachel tells Ross they’ll never be together, Phoebe tells him not to fret because it’s going to happen. When Ross asks how she knows that, Phoebe simply responds, “Because she’s your lobster.”

    Phoebe goes on to say it’s a known fact that lobsters fall in love and mate for life.

  • Making a case for saving honeybees

    I have a sign on my refrigerator that reads “Save the Earth! It’s the only planet with chocolate!” I’m thinking of adding another that reads “Like ice cream? Save the bees!”

    Here’s the buzz. Bees are disappearing in large numbers all over the world. Since bees are responsible for one third of the food we eat, this is a problem we need to solve.

    Bees touch our lives every day, even if we don’t realize it.

  • EDITORIAL: Sign ordinances ripe for change

    A story on this week’s front page reveals efforts by the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce to nudge once and for all the city and county into changing their ridiculous sign ordinances.

    Those ordinances are virtually the same, but enforced differently by each, often to the point of ridiculousness.

    Take, for example, Eagle Lake. Its owner has tried for years to get a green light to build a marquee-type sign near the Bypass, giving passersby a list of all businesses in the development.

  • COLUMN: My inner cheerleader still wants to come out

    Pep rallies were something I considered myself a little bit of an expert on — at least until Monday.

    In high school, I was a varsity cheerleader for three years. I consider my school to be pretty high in the school spirit department, so we had our fair share of pep rallies. During any one of the rallies, you could find me at center court because in Bell County, the cheerleaders were pretty much in charge of the spirit fests.

    In hindsight, I think it’s because no one else wanted to be.

  • COLUMN: Coming of spring brings cornucopia of color

    There are little explosions going on right now. Color is coming back.

    “Spring has almost sprung and the grass has riz, and I know where the flowers is.”

    We have wildflowers popping up every day. As I drive in to work, I watch along the road and in the fields. The long wait is finally over.

    If you want to bring a little of that color into the house, then go out and snip a few limbs off the forsythia.

  • Letters to the Editor - 03.18

    ‘Hooligan’ columnist is one with no class

    To the editor:

    Sharon Graves sounds like a sore loser on the Carroll County girls’ fan club in her column last week about Anderson’s “hooligans.”

    Any parent would be proud to have as their son any one of the boys who were called “roughnecks, rowdy bullies and hooligans.”

    I have watched basketball for many years and have heard the phrase “air ball” all of my life. Get real, lady.