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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Great deals available now on spring blooming trees

    Want a good deal on spring blooming trees? Now’s the time!

    There are so many things blooming right now, but it is that smell of honeysuckle that shouts summer to me. I love it. The spring-blooming trees have been gorgeous, and now is the time to grab some deals and get your hands on some beauties.

    There are many low maintenance flowering trees that won’t litter up your car and sidewalks. The Chanticleer Pear has white blooms and tiny fruit that is edible, but the birds usually get them first.

  • Letters to the Editor - 05.13

    Fiscal court racially profiling dogs

    To the editor:

    Racial profiling is now going to the dogs. Anderson County Fiscal Court is set to review a new dog ordinance that specifically targets “pit bulls” as vicious dogs. Even with organizations such as the ASPCA, AKC and the American Veterinary Medical Association opposed to breed specific legislation, our fiscal court drafted this revised ordinance with exactly that in mind.

  • COLUMN: When these show up in your garden, watch out

    Columnist Cheryl Steenerson warns against leaf spot and early blight.

    For her full column, see this week's Anderson News available on newsstands across the county.

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  • COLUMN: Putting nightmares to rest

    I was in a movie theater. My husband had gotten up during the film to use the restroom, and while he was gone, an enraged gunman entered the room and started to shoot. There were screams and people began to run frantically. He hit me twice. Each bullet skidded over an opposite side of my face. I was bleeding, but I don’t remember any pain. The gunman left and my husband came back. He looked at me and said, “Well, I guess we better get you to a hospital.”

    Then, I woke up.

  • COLUMN: Fertilizing this week? Make sure you use right stuff

    Hey, it’s May. Have you seen all the wildflowers popping up all over the place? The blue phlox are my favorite. Everything seems to be coming alive these days and it sure makes me smile. You never know what a rough winter will take out.

    These multiple summer droughts and winter ice storms can take their toll on all plants. Plants flowering now are putting everything they’ve got into put on a show for us. The least we can do is help them along with a little food.

  • COLUMN: Hey, knuckleheads, this ordinance is for you

    Column as I see ’em …

    Well I certainly received my comeuppance in this week’s letters to the editor.

    Not that I’m complaining. As those who work with me will attest, there is nothing more enjoyable to me than letter writers taking me to task on my columns or editorials.

    Opinions are like, well, you know, and everyone has one, including me. While I certainly have a mighty big megaphone from which to shout each week, this page offers equal access to those who disagree.

  • Letters to the Editor - 05.06

    Editor Carlson needs dog training

    To the editor:

    I am writing you in regards to your recent columns and editorials pertaining to pit bulls.

    You seem to only want to hear one side of the story.

    I believe one description you used was “slobbering, blood-eyed monster chained up next door.” I am personally disgusted to read such articles. I am hopeful that this letter will help clarify some things about pit bulls and also help educate others.

  • COLUMN: Here’s hoping spring has sprung

    It’s almost May. I open the stand in 24 more days. Yikes. The Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting an average temperature of 65 degrees. Thank God. Mother Earth is warming up and here we thought it would never come. We could still have some cool days in May.

    I remember my first Mother’s Day here because it snowed. It hasn’t since, so let’s let hope spring eternal. The rule of thumb around here is that you can plant the summer garden after Derby Day. That’s this weekend.