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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Maine makes for tough hike

    After hiking about 150 to 160 miles through the soggy, mosquito-infested mountains and bogs of southern New England, I headed north to finish the final 60 miles of the Appalachian Trail that meanders through Maine before it crosses into New Hampshire.

    I'd already completed the rest of Maine's 280 AT miles in a 2004 hike.

  • More tales from the AT

    After completing the 150-mile section of Appalachian Trail that follows the low mountain ridges of western Connecticut and Massachusetts, I spent a night at Tom Levardi's home in Dalton, Mass.

    Levardi, who is becoming a legend among AT aficionados, has been hosting hikers since the early 1990s. The trail runs directly in front of his house and many trail-weary souls have spent a night at his place where showers and occasional home-cooked meals are free for the taking. Levardi said he hosts 400-500 hikers every year.

  • Keep scams from wreaking havoc

    An old cliche has been circulating around The News office, and frankly, we'd rather not hear it anymore. But it's not necessarily the cliche we're after, it's the reason as to why it's being said.

    "If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is," said both Lawrenceburg Police Department Detective Mike Schell and Lawrenceburg resident Sharon Hill.

  • Relay, Legion Auxiliary members lead residents by positive example

    I've said it again and again, I love the people of Anderson County.

    That in itself is one of the reasons I work here.

    As with any place, we still have a few people who would rather take time out of their day to send crude, unnecessary e-mails to "airheads" like me who write nothing but "mindless dribble" rather than actually put forth some positive energy, but for the most part Anderson County is full of loving, caring and accepting people.

    Here are two cases in point:

  • The first 100 miles

    I've now been on the Appalachian Trail for nine days and have covered 100 miles, including all of the trails that meander through Connecticut and about half of Massachusetts.

    As my old bones, especially the knees, needed some rest, I've taken a zero day, which in trail parlance simply means staying in a motel instead of hiking.

    Hiking through New England has a very different feel than doing the same in the high mountains of Maine or North Carolina.

  • This journalist isn't your next 'American Idol'

    The "American Idol" auditions are coming to Louisville. I've heard about it - and keep hearing about it - from family and friends, all of which followed the news with the same question: Are you going to go?

    My mom asked. My cousin asked. My friends asked.

    My fianc was out of the loop, but once I told him about the auditions, even he asked.

    I told each of them the same thing: I don't know.

    I've never been a diehard fan of the show, only watching occasionally, but up until my junior year of high school, I seriously thought I would make a career out of singing.

  • All good deeds matter, no matter how small

    Last week I got the opportunity to see some Anderson County residents do some inspiring service work. These people were very enthusiastic about a cause, creative in their idea and took time from their busy summer schedules to raise money for a charitable donation. Oh, and they were 10-year-olds.

    When I was informed there was a group of children selling Popsicles and lemonade to help the Anderson Humane Society, I didn't think much of it until I got there.

  • Mixes and sprays to keep pests away

    As I sit here to type, I've got to tell you that I'm having a strong urge to go have "puppy time." At 6 weeks old, they are nothing but adorable. These are healthy puppies and each has its own personality. While spending time outside with the pack tonight, I was reminded that it is the season for chiggers.

    I've been pretty good about using my chamomile tea spray, before working outside. It's when I just come home from work and spend an hour or so taking stock of the day. Duh - that's prime time for chigger and mosquito bites.