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Today's Opinions

  • Retirement for some old friends at ACE

    I would like to congratulate Jerry Shaw and Ann Asbury on their retirement from the Anderson County Adult Learning Center. I have enjoyed working with them for many years and I consider them both dear friends.

    I worked with Ann the longest. After working in banking for 18 years, I changed jobs in 1998 and became a math tutor and worked as Ann’s instructional assistant under LaVerne Brumley. Over the years Ann has taught me a great deal about teaching, organizing, and always remembering to log student progress in their file.

  • Beat the heat with icy treats

    Growing up in the south Texas heat, my sisters and brothers and I were always either in the lake, the pool or the sprinkler.

    If for some reason we ever took a break from the water, we were running around barefoot with the other neighborhood kids, laughing and playing and secretly hoping to hear the music of the ice cream truck so we could enjoy a cool treat.

  • Plants, flowers hidden dangers to pets

    Buds burst forth, plants bloom in rainbows of color, the air is cool and refreshing. But don’t be fooled. There are hidden dangers in our yards and gardens, not only for our sensitivities, but for Kitty and Fido.

    Pet owners know that dogs and cats can often find the strangest things to chew on. Whether it be plastic, wool or plants in the house or the garden, it can be at odds with your pet’s health. Here’s a list of some of the most common plants to be concerned with.

  • New care standards for diabetes

    Diabetes affects over 29 million Americans. It is a condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy.

    Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, which our bodies use for energy.

    The pancreas makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of the body. When you have diabetes, the body either doesn’t make enough insulin or the cells can’t effectively use the insulin that is made. When there is insufficient insulin, blood glucose levels become high.

  • Garlic, onions make potent bug repellant

    It’s officially summer. I don’t even need a calendar because I can spot that blue chicory and those orange lilies along the sides of the road, my personal harbingers. Evening skies glow with lightening bugs flashing gold like dust motes in the sunshine. Just driving to work, through the winding green canopy, is a treasure for the eyes. Man, I love this season.

  • Odorous house ants do more than stink

    Odorous house ants (OHA) are difficult to control. Unfortunately, they are becoming more common in samples sent to the Insect Identification Lab. These small (1/8-inch) dark ants form distinct trails along outdoor and indoor surfaces.

    Description and nesting sites

  • City’s shield laid to rest

    One of the most common symbols of law enforcement is the police badge, or shield.

    It is quite possibly the most important piece of an officer’s uniform, the object not only identifies the wearer as a member of law enforcement it also serves as a reminder of their oaths to protect and serve their community.

  • Good stewards of your tax dollars

    To the editor:

    In a world where it seems every day we see wasteful government spending, I am happy to report at least one of your tax districts here in Anderson County is doing its best to be good stewards of your tax dollars.  

    In full disclosure, I am on the Fire Board of the Anderson County Fire Protection District, although I am writing this letter as a fellow taxpayer.