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Today's Opinions

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Hoping new fiscal court can fix old one’s ‘dumb’ recycling mistakes

    To the editor:

    This letter is aimed directly at the recycling blunder of the fiscal court.

    But first, let me pull my foot out of my own mouth. I was and still am an open supporter of the recycling project proposed by the fiscal court, and if I said it once I’ll say it a thousand times: recycling will work but only if managed right.

  • Taxpayers sucker punched by fiscal court deficit

    By Ben Carlson

     

    Column as I see ’em …

    I’d normally do a private version of the Snoopy dance when something I’ve warned about for years comes true, but I’m in no mood to dance over this and after reading this week’s front page, I’m sure you aren’t, either.

    The prospect of the fiscal court having to borrow $400,000 to balance its budget is nothing short of an outrage.

  • Time to order your seeds

    As the saying goes, “I’ve reached the age when my train of thought often leaves the station without me.”

    I just forgot last week’s column and I blame it on the holidays. We all have our routines. Now that we’re back to what passes for normal, has anyone taken notice of our increased light?

  • Do you qualify for vet benefits?

    I’m not an expert on veteran benefits for seniors. The purpose of this column is to create awareness and encourage you to seek reliable information as it applies to you.

    I’ve met a few people who didn’t know that this might apply to them.

    This information is for a non-service connected disability pension plus aid and attendance allowance. The benefit may change every year. There is also a benefit for a surviving spouse.

    Some of the basic qualifications are listed here.

  • Use these tips to ward off firewood insects

    Many people use a wood-burning stove for heat or occasionally light some logs in the fireplace for enjoyment on cold winter nights. However, a quiet rick of firewood can harbor its own life.

  • Family pets live forever in our hearts

    By Jane Sinnett

    Guest Columnist

    As I sat with my cup of tea wondering what I should put in the Anderson Humane Society’s first column of the new year, I debated on being witty, serious, straightforward or off-to-the-side. I’m not sure what I came up with but as I looked at our newest family member, I began to go back in time – 44 years back. That was when my husband and I adopted our first shelter animal.

  • Did Grimes even read outdoor column?

    To the editor:

    This is a response to a letter in last week’s paper by Roy Grimes, titled “Outdoor columnist should get facts on elk lottery.”

    My Jan. 7 outdoors column in The Anderson News was three-quarters of a page in length, yet one sentence stirred up Roy Grimes.

  • Our jailer’s working out just fine, thanks

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    A recent news report from a media outlet in Kentucky took some fairly stiff jabs at elected jailers in counties without jails, which includes Anderson County Jailer Joani Clark.

    The overriding point the article tries to make is that, in large measure, counties without jails shouldn’t have an elected jailer — the state’s Constitution be damned. Instead, those counties should turn over to sheriff’s offices those jailers’ duties.