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Today's Opinions

  • Hoping to see Matt ride at least one more time

    I gingerly held my dad’s hand as he laid in a hospital bed watching Marshal Matt Dillon tear across the TV screen aboard his trusty horse.

    His body weakened by cancer and a calamity of other illnesses ranging from pneumonia to staph infections, watching episodes of the old TV show “Gunsmoke” seemed to give my dad something else to consider rather than what has become of the rugged body that had not once betrayed him until just after he turned 75.

  • Trade Agreement could put tobacco producers at a disadvantage

    The United States, along with 11 other nations (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam) recently approved provisions in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, which could potentially impact consumers in about 40 percent of the world’s economy.

  • Get your last minute chores done before cold weather sets in

    Happy November! We’re one month closer to summer! Well, that what’s on my mind anyway.

    As we enjoy this Indian summer like weather this week, may I remind you that the Old Farmer’s Almanac is calling for snow by Nov. 11. That ought to get you out of the house and into those last minute chores.

    Keep getting those leaves off the lawn or chop them up with the mower. Take advantage of sales at the garden centers. Cut those mature mums back to the ground. Mulch those strawberry plants. Remove weak stems from your roses. Whew!

  • Let’s talk turkey: Follow food safety guidelines with your big bird

    Turkeys must be kept at a safe temperature during the “big thaw. When frozen, a turkey is safe indefinitely. To ensure that food-borne illness isn’t a guest at your holiday table, follow these tips from USDA when buying and preparing your turkey.

    When buying a turkey, allow one pound per person. If you buy a fresh turkey, check the “sell by” or “use by” date to make sure that it really is fresh, and buy it only one or two days before you cook it.

  • Stringtown Ruritan’s gift will aid local grads for years

    Recently the Anderson County Scholarship Fund received a contribution from The Stringtown Ruritan Club for $201,166.54.

    According to club president Donald Bottoms, the Stringtown Ruritan Club had voted, several years ago, to contribute all of its assets to the Anderson County Scholarship Fund when the club disbanded. This contribution was made pursuant to that decision.

    To the members, past members, and families of members and former members of the Stringtown Ruritan Club, please accept my appreciation for this generous contribution.

  • Trump would be terrific as president

    To the editor:

    Donald Trump was correct when he refuted Jeb Bush’s retort that his brother, George W. Bush, “kept us safe.” The Twin Towers fell during the Bush administration, and he and Congress let Osama Bin Laden lure them into a bad, bad deal.

  • Police lives apparently don’t matter after all

    Column as I see ’em …

    Deputy Loren Wells won’t quit.

    Neither will troopers Matt Rogers, Brian Smith, Luke Vanhoose, Jeff Gabby or Jack Gabriel.

    But I would.

    After someone fired magazine after magazine at me from an AK-47 and other firearms, I’d turn in my police gear and go home.

  • Gathering what you need for winter?

    Holy moly! Where did this month go?

    I can only hope that the next few months speed by just as fast. This Saturday should be an interesting night. Halloween falls on a full moon. There should be plenty of light for tricky treating.

    This full moon is commonly called the Full Hunter’s Moon. Not only are there less leaves on the trees, the fields have been cut and plump critters of all sizes can be easily seen. This full moon was especially celebrated by Native Americans because there was the threat of winter looming coupled with an abundance of food.