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Today's Opinions

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    A reminder of why we love to come home

    To the editor:

    There is something to be said about a small town. No one-way streets or honking cars at red lights. Old Main Street buildings collecting the town’s history revealing their secrets in the layers of paint and traces of old business signs faded on the sides of the building.

    Yes, there is something to be said about a small town where the store owners know not only their customers but their parents, children and grandchildren.

  • Tax charts interesting, sad look at Anderson County

    Column as I see ’em …

    The old adage that figures lie and liars figure is usually true, but the two lists I’ve included here certainly don’t.

    They do, however, require a bit of explanation for those just joining us in following who is taxing us locally and who is paying the most.

    The Top 10 list is equal parts intriguing and sad, frankly, and hasn’t changed in any measurable way since the last time I printed it a couple of years ago.

  • Cold weather can be ‘lousey’ weather for livestock

    Cold weather is louse weather. Inadequate nutrition, compromised immune response and shipping stress also favor outbreaks, if there are any infested animals in the herd. Additionally, fewer daylight hours during winter appear to contribute to problems with lice.

    Spread and potential problems

    Biting and sucking lice have been associated with reduced weight gains and general lack of thriftiness during periods of greatest winter stress. These small external parasites can spread quickly through a herd as animals bunch for warmth or when feeding.

  • Ways to avoid wintertime insomnia

    Well, since my deadline came before Punxsutawney Phil popped out, I can only hope he didn’t see his shadow. February is typically our worst winter weather month, so I thought we could lift our spirits by remembering all the good things that happened in February, throughout history.

  • Newspaper’s Gator-hater owes child apology

    To the editor:

    Returning from a weeklong business trip I usually find pleasure in my local newspapers article(s) to catch up.

    In the snowman contest (page A11, Jan. 28) bottom center Adison Carrico built a snowman that had a Gator hat on it.

    It made me smile because the kids were having fun outside making snowmen. Then I started reading the captions below the photos.

    The caption below Adison's photo was seeded in a bullying manner that if asked, Adison probably didn't feel good about.

  • Those responsible for fiscal court deficit should fix it

    To the editor:

    I would like to respond to a couple of things in the fiscal court story in the Jan. 21 edition of the paper.

    First of all, I am sure everyone was as shocked as I was at the news Anderson County might be facing a $400,000 deficit. Blaming the recycling center, etc., does not get the bills paid.  The number one priority should be, "What are we going to do to balance the budget?"

  • Obama trying to purchase unearned legacy

    To the editor:

    In 2009, President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, an honor that he had not earned. Since then, his bland descriptions of evildoers have confounded Republicans and related pundits. They probed too deeply. He is simply trying to earn the honor.

  • Bias in this paper?

    By Ben Carlson

    Column as I see ’em …

    If the article I wrote on the front page about school lunches made you grit your teeth, get a load of what I didn’t include in that piece.

    While interviewing Superintendent Sheila Mitchell and Ronnie Fields, who doubles as the district’s food service director, we discussed the school lunch prices and what they said is a telling example of a federal government that is out of its ever-loving mind.