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Opinion

  • If our paths cross in the next nine days, I might wish you a “Merry Christmas,” but it’s just as likely that I’ll say “happy holidays.”

    Personally, I celebrate Christmas and constantly try to remind myself the real reason for the season is the birth of Jesus Christ. But, I’m well aware of and perfectly OK with the fact that you may not.

    As Americans we are blessed to have freedom of religion. To me this means, I have as much of a right to celebrate Christmas as you do to celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or nothing at all.

  • Facebook offers many things to its users, particularly to cowards looking for a place to whine.

    At issue is my article in last week’s paper about campaigning during the Christmas parade. The mayor didn’t like it and said so, sending some of those who did it into a frenzy and their cowardly supporters to Facebook.

    Yes, cowards, because the examples you’ll read below are from people who run their unfounded smack online vs. by phone or face to face.

  • Occasionally, I write a serious column about things I learn or about how important learning is in general. This is not one of those columns. I learned a few fun things this weekend, so I’ll share those.

    Thing #1

    I love my mother, but she is almost impossible to tolerate when watching a University of Kentucky basketball game.

    She is a UK fan, as in she wants the team to win and win by about 60 if at all possible.

  • December just whizzes by, doesn’t it?

    In a hurry is the state of being everyone is in right now. When we do stop for a breather, we realize all the things we need to do and get cranking all over again.

    On the bright side, this warp speed means spring will get here before we know it. In the meantime, I’m getting my gardening fix by watching my carrots grow. I have an indoor window box and I planted seeds awhile back. Looks like I’ll be harvesting fresh carrots for Christmas.

  • Anderson County just keeps proving how great it is.

    So far this year we’ve had so many things to be happy about, including sports victories, shooting a film and we’re among the toughest on drunk driving in the state.

    Although some of us can’t drive, we still ride in cars.

    With Christmas a few weeks away there will be lots of traveling to various places. We all know the roads aren’t always the safest places, but knowing Anderson County law enforcement is very watchful of the roads makes you feel safer.

  • Thankful Fox has ‘the guts to tell the truth’

    To the editor:

    I truly appreciate Mr. Schraub’s letter last week giving voice to my letter from the week before.

    Isn’t it great that we still have freedom of speech? I take my freedom and that of my family very serious, as all Americans should.

    I noticed you counted my paragraphs and I also noticed you feel I have no facts to back up my opinion. You seem to blame Fox News, Limbaugh, Hannity, and let’s not forget Glenn Beck.

  • Column as I see ’em ...

    Did it bother you to see campaign floats during Saturday’s Christmas parade?

    I make a living commenting and writing about local politics, so when I saw those floats go by I knew right away that some folks were going to object.

    That’s fine, but let’s keep some perspective on this.

    Yes, a Christmas parade is supposed to be about Christmas and, by proxy, celebrating the birth of Christ.

  • Don’t be surprised if sooner rather than later a candidate for fiscal court or judge-executive shows up at your door, begging for your vote in next May’s primary.

    Each will probably offer the usual servings of political oatmeal about “saving money” and “taking a close look at the budget.”

    Those are OK, but not one should leave your doorstep until he or she answers the following question: What specifically will you do to bring industry and jobs to Anderson County?

  • If it quacks like a duck and honks like a goose and hangs out in the U.S. Congress a few months each year, it is either a Republican or Democrat.

    They look different, they make different noises, but they ultimately lay the same outcomes.

  • Last month, we celebrated a time of giving thanks. This month, we move into a time of, well, giving.

    Unfortunately, “giving” is a lot more difficult for 12.5 percent of the county’s population this year.

    As you may have read earlier on in this issue, Anderson County’s unemployment rate was at 12.5 percent in the month of October — up from 10.9 percent the month before.

    As the economy continues to take its toll on our community and make the holidays a lot less happy for some, there is at least one speck of light in all the darkness.

  • Here comes the cold. Have you looked at the trees? Some still have a few leaves clinging on to their branches. Guess the little chemical scissors haven’t finished snipping yet.

    November sure has spoiled us with all of its warm weather. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but December is going to feel like winter. Well, I guess that’s only fitting since Christmas is just around the corner and that means gifts.

  • Fox/Beck/Limbaugh/Hannity talking points not enough

    To the editor:

    Karen Richardson’s lengthy letter to the editor [Obama’s strategy must be stopped] in last week’s paper consisted of 18 paragraphs of statements and opinions without referencing one specific supportable fact.

    The Cloward-Piven Strategy to which she refers is a document written in the mid-1960s (50 years old, folks) that has absolutely no bearing or factual basis linking it to events occurring today.

  • Thursday is Thanksgiving and I have a lot to be thankful for this year.

    You, my readers, are one of the reasons for which I’m thankful. As the year comes to a close I think of all the kind words that have come my way from you. I think of all the questions and answers, all the stories shared and all the smiles exchanged. Along with a few seeds. You keep me on my toes and I thank you.

  • There is a remarkable difference between those who hunt and those who are hunters.

    Hunters are those who respect the tradition, follow the rules and harvest animals the right way and for the right reasons.

    Those who hunt are, at their worst, morons who swill beer or smoke dope (or both) while blasting away at whatever is unfortunate enough to walk in front of them.

    Too broad a brush? Too bad.

    Those who hunt are giving hunters a bad name, and I’m sick of it.

    Take, for instance, the morons who dump deer carcasses along our back roads.

  • Monday was a beast of a morning. I hit snooze at least three times before I got up.

    While getting dressed I saw a stain on my pant leg, and it didn’t take long to realize the jacket I pulled from the back of the closet was about a size too small.

    I already didn’t feel great, and all the clothing chaos gave me a headache and made me later than I wanted to be for work.

  • Climb aboard ‘industrial bandwagon’

    To the editor:

    I am ecstatic to see that Harley-Davidson is looking into moving its current York, Pa., facility to our great state.

    Hopefully, our current county and city leaders will not be content with just “grabbing our share” of the move if it happens.

    Why not do whatever it takes to grab the whole pie?

  • Medical expertise important for coroner

    To the editor:

    I was pleased to read in The Anderson News that Dr. Mark Tussey has announced his candidacy for Anderson County coroner.

    Coroner is a very important official of any community. It is the duty of the coroner to declare the cause of any death that is questionable occurring within the county. A scientific understanding of human anatomy and the numerous and varied complex causes of death are vital to fulfilling the function and responsibility of his office.

  • Anderson County High School has made plenty of history and has a lot about which to brag.

    From academics to sports, the high school is great.

    This year we’ll add another to that list, and this time it’s the marching band making history.

    Our band made school history by placing eighth in the state semifinals in its class, its highest finish ever. It jumped eight spots from last year, which is a huge improvement.

  • Bangs curled under and teased, wire-rimmed glasses, braces with colorful rubber bands — that was me in middle school.

    For whatever reason, I’ve been reminiscing about those years, 1997 and 1998 to be exact, a lot lately.

    Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of speaking to Mrs. Lisa Winfrey’s classes at Anderson County Middle School. This is the fourth or fifth time I’ve talked to her students and it’s always a wonderful experience.

  • Opportunity is likely to knock fairly soon on Anderson County’s door. It will be interesting to see if we, as a community, are willing to let it in.

    By now most of you know that Harley-Davidson is considering moving its manufacturing operations from York, Pa., to Shelbyville. That move would create a reported 2,000 jobs there and give Shelbyville one heck of a shot in the arm.