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Opinion

  • If one of my mentors was correct when he repeatedly opined, "When a person stops learning, he starts dying," I don't need to worry about my preordained encounter with the Grim Reaper anytime soon.

    At almost 62, I'm still learning valuable new lessons. Unfortunately, much of the recent lessons-learned might be easily categorized "Should Have Known Better."

  • That a kid on a skateboard was allegedly punched in the face and kicked by an adult shouldn't come as a shock to Anderson Countians.

    Nor should it be a shock in the not-too-distant future when a skater is hit and killed by a vehicle.

    After all, we, the adults of Anderson County, are the ones who collectively have ignored our children's pleas to build them a safe place to skateboard, away from traffic and bar-room bullies who allegedly assault them, as happened last Friday afternoon behind Main Street.

  • War fatigue - the malaise that has turned a nation once chest-thumping proud of its military into one that cares only which political party gets to be in power - is rampant.

    At one time, news from the war front was all this nation cared about. When newscasts weren't giving us the latest from Pacific or European Theaters, we were kept informed by trailers on the silver screen before watching John Wayne or some other Hollywood beefcake lead the charge against the Nazis.

  • Like a lot of other people, I've long had a weird fascination with La Cosa Nostra, the Mafia.

    That widespread fascination existed long before "The Untouchables" hit the small screen in the late 1950s, or Mario Puzo published his American classic "The Godfather" in 1969.

    It probably started in the 1920s and 1930s, when newspapers and radio stations began sensationalizing Italian gangsters with monikers like Frank "The Enforcer" Nitti, Salvatore "Lucky" Luciano, Giuseppe "Joe The Boss" Masseria, and most famous of them all, Alphonse "Scarface Al" Capone.

  • It appears the city council's finance committee is putting the cart before the horse while attempting to bring equity into its business license ordinance.

    While the committee earns praise for at least looking at its antiquated system, it first needs to consider what a lousy job is being done to collect license fees from those who should pay but don't.

  • Thankfully, its apparently time to turn the page on a payroll tax and move on to more equitable solutions to meet the countys future financial needs.

    Those needs, no matter how the current fiscal courts budget is dissected, will become serious in the near future, and all the carping and whining about buying new vehicles or a Gator for the park wont change a thing.