en Column: Silent treatment on deficit won’t last long <p> <strong>By Ben Carlson<br /> </strong></p> <p> <strong>News staff<br /> </strong></p> <p> Column as I see &rsquo;em &hellip;</p> <p> Something tells me we won&rsquo;t see very many repeat episodes of the silent treatment the fiscal court&rsquo;s budget woes received during last Tuesday&rsquo;s meeting.</p> <p> It was stunning, really, to sit through that meeting knowing full well the fiscal court is staring straight down the barrel of a $400,000 budget deficit and not hearing one single mention of that problem.</p> LETTERS TO THE EDITOR <p> <strong>Hoping new fiscal court can fix old one&rsquo;s &lsquo;dumb&rsquo; recycling mistakes</strong></p> <p> To the editor:</p> <p> This letter is aimed directly at the recycling blunder of the fiscal court.</p> <p> 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&rsquo;ll say it a thousand times: recycling will work but only if managed right.</p> Things I learned the hard way while walking with God <p> <strong>By Eboney Whiteside<br /> </strong></p> <p> <strong>Faith Columnist<br /> </strong></p> <p> My walk with the Lord has not always been an easy one. I remember thinking when I dedicated my life to Jesus that everything around me was going to instantly change for the better.</p> <p> It was as if I thought God, this magical being, was sitting in Heaven ready to fulfil my every request whenever I wanted him to.</p> <p> Boy was I wrong.</p> Taxpayers sucker punched by fiscal court deficit <p> <strong>By Ben Carlson<br /> </strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Column as I see &rsquo;em &hellip;</p> <p> I&rsquo;d normally do a private version of the Snoopy dance when something I&rsquo;ve warned about for years comes true, but I&rsquo;m in no mood to dance over this and after reading this week&rsquo;s front page, I&rsquo;m sure you aren&rsquo;t, either.</p> <p> The prospect of the fiscal court having to borrow $400,000 to balance its budget is nothing short of an outrage.</p> Time to order your seeds <p> As the saying goes, &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve reached the age when my train of thought often leaves the station without me.&rdquo;</p> <p> I just forgot last week&rsquo;s column and I blame it on the holidays. We all have our routines. Now that we&rsquo;re back to what passes for normal, has anyone taken notice of our increased light?</p> Use these tips to ward off firewood insects <p> 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.</p> Did Grimes even read outdoor column? <p> To the editor:</p> <p> This is a response to a letter in last week&rsquo;s paper by Roy Grimes, titled &ldquo;Outdoor columnist should get facts on elk lottery.&rdquo;</p> <p> My Jan. 7 outdoors column in The Anderson News was three-quarters of a page in length, yet one sentence stirred up Roy Grimes.</p> Family pets live forever in our hearts <p> <strong>By Jane Sinnett<br /> </strong></p> <p> <strong>Guest Columnist<br /> </strong></p> <p> As I sat with my cup of tea wondering what I should put in the Anderson Humane Society&rsquo;s first column of the new year, I debated on being witty, serious, straightforward or off-to-the-side. I&rsquo;m not sure what I came up with but as I looked at our newest family member, I began to go back in time &ndash; 44 years back. That was when my husband and I adopted our first shelter animal.</p>