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Today's Opinions

  • Gritton filling in large recycling hole

    By Ben Carlson

    Column as I see ’em …

    When you’ve dug yourself a hole, stop digging.

    That old axiom is undoubtedly one that Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton heard during his years in private business, and one he certainly has put into action in regard to the county’s unsustainable recycling program.

    Gritton vowed several months ago to reign in what he estimates are losses totaling $175,000 a year in the ill-conceived recycling program that has cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

  • Spring brings on sensory overload

    I am loving life. Outside at 6:30 a.m. to water and still outside watching the sun go down at 8:30 p.m. It’s almost an overload of the senses. On the porch chilling at 9 p.m., only to look up and see the clear night and stars bright, while the honey locust tree blossoms perfume the air and birds singing “night, night” songs. My definition of heaven on earth.

  • Knowing teen relationships

    It’s graduation time. Most parents begin talking about success in school at an early age. How many parents actively talk about success in relationships?

    We hope our children are learning from us about how they can have healthy relationships. Maybe we need to share more about love, romance and relationship strengths.

  • Learn to manage vegetable soil insects

    There are several serious soil insect pests that we manage periodically in vegetable production, including wireworms, white grubs and seedcorn maggot.  Unfortunately, when symptoms of damage by these pests become apparent, there are no rescue treatments. Our management strategies are preventative, not reactionary. Two important factors that, in part, impact the risk of soil insect problems are rotation and field history.  The most challenging rotation for soil pests is one following established sod where wireworms and white grubs can be common.

  • Parking lot fracas not true representative of congregation

    Last week’s edition of The Anderson News carried a front page article about a fracas of some sort on the parking lot of First Baptist Church.

    The altercation occurred in connection with a basketball game held in the church’s gym. It was a very unfortunate event. News though it may be, I agree with the church’s pastor who questioned whether the story deserved front-page coverage, though I realize my judgment is that of a fellow pastor not a newsman.

  • Suspicious of increased water bills

    I’ve heard similar complaints from others, so I’m going to vent for a moment.

    My wife and I have lived in the same house for over 10 years. Our water bill (South Anderson) has been consistent each month since we’ve lived here. Sure, there was the occasional summer month where we’d water the yard during a drought here and there but generally from month to month they charged us for roughly 3,000 gallons of water for our household. It was almost like clockwork. We just knew what our charges would be each month.

  • Grateful for those who sacrifice so much

    By Ben Carlson, Publisher

    America and all that she stands for was on full display last Wednesday afternoon at Emma B. Ward Elementary School.

    For a moment, we watched through tear-blurred eyes the abject joy of a young boy reunited with his father, a soldier who sacrificed a year away from his wife and children so that we, you and I, can live in relative peace and security.

  • Quilt block spruces up barn

    The North Star quilt block on the barn at the Anderson County Park is a beautiful addition to the park. Two community partners assisted with block finishing and hanging.