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Today's Opinions

  • A different way to spread holiday cheer

    A Mountain Dew sits to my left and a bag of Doritos sits behind it. When I go home tonight, I know that I’ll either have something to cook for dinner or the money to go to the grocery store and find it.

    I say this not to remind you of how much junk food I eat, but to remind you that I’m one of the lucky ones — I have food to eat.

    A very giving group of people — led by Tamara Williams — is hosting a dinner tomorrow night at Emma B. Ward Elementary as a fundraiser for those who aren’t so lucky.

  • Preserving Cason family history

    Unlike my wife, who can trace her heritage directly to ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War, I don’t know a whole lot about my family’s history.

    I know that my ancestors migrated from Virginia to Kentucky a couple hundred years ago and that they were originally from Great Britain and Ireland. But I don’t know much else about my forefathers.

  • The U.S. economy — fish or foul?

    Does anyone else find it more than a little bizarre that so many heretofore ardent capitalists have turned to a form of socialism to bail out Wall Street, big banking and possibly the big three auto companies?

    But that is exactly what has been happening since the massive financial meltdown began.

    And why is it that when poor folks receive government assistance the well-to-do label it as welfare, but those same moneyed people think it’s OK when their failing businesses receive welfare in the form of a government handout/bailout?

  • A mold that should never be broken

    God has a special mold from which he creates firefighters.

    There can be no other rational explanation for why people who otherwise appear completely sane and in command of their facilities would willingly enter burning buildings and risk their lives for, usually, the mere belongings of people they often don’t even know.

    So what drives these men and women from virtually every walk and station in life to show up at the local fire hall and volunteer?

  • Spreading the movement of love

    To write love on her arms.

    I’d seen those six words in pictures, on T-shirts, in advertisements and on websites too many times to count. “Those aren’t just a random set of words,” I’ve thought to myself. “There has to be a meaning behind them.”

    But as often happens, my mind would wander and I’d quickly forget those six words until the next time I saw them somewhere. Then, sadly, the process would repeat itself.

  • A third grade newspaper? How cool is that!

    Katie Birdwhistell is a girl after my own heart, and her classmates aren’t half bad either.

    What started as a lack of an idea for Katie, turned out to be a great one — for her and the rest of Jennifer Sea’s third grade class at Robert B. Turner Elementary School.

  • Charitable act lands couple in foreclosure

    If you want the cold hard facts about what will soon be 100 foreclosures in Anderson County this year, go back to page A1 and read all about it.

    Stay here and you will read about two of the faces behind one of those foreclosures, and how their charitable act last Christmas Day placed their home on the foreclosure list, ruined their credit and has wreaked havoc on their lives.

  • Phone calls? No. Mail? Yes

    I don’t like telemarketing. Never have, never will. Telemarketers who call and try to convince me to purchase their goods or services are wasting their time.

    So are those who call and urge me to contribute to the local firemen’s or policemen’s organization, or to save the children, or for cancer, AIDS or Alzheimer’s disease research or for any of the other causes that need money.