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Today's Opinions

  • Encounters save writer's hike

    I was back on the Appalachian Trail last week hiking a 50-mile portion that meanders through Northern Virginia into West Virginia near Harpers Ferry.

    After a six-month layoff, I expected the hike to be tough on this old out-of-shape body. It was, and was made even more so by crummy weather. The first two days were unseasonably cold, followed by two days of constant rain and fog. The fifth day out was beautiful, but unfortunately was followed by yet another cold rainy one.

  • Headed home to that pot of gold

    "You'd be good at that." It was a spring day almost 30 years ago that Sharon Messer turned to me and spoke those five little words.

    We were in a small group of women when one asked about her recent decision to stop writing a community column for the newspaper. She explained her creative juices had just stopped flowing, then unexpectedly turned to me and spoke those fateful words.

  • Economic development outweighs tourism plan

    Anderson County's tourism commission is doing what a good tourism commission does: finding ways to raise money to promote tourism.

  • Here's what really counts

    Like millions of Americans spread from coast to coast, I was glued to the tube watching basketball much of last week.

    But during a lull in the action, I chanced upon a PBS broadcast of the "Crossroads Guitar Festival," a music festival and benefit concert hosted by Eric Clapton in 2004 and again in 2007.

  • Racin' with the Casons

    On March 15, I participated in the second annual Shamrock Shuffle, a 3K race through the streets of downtown Lexington. Moving at my normal turtle-like pace, I had my best race ever.

    As a youngster, I wasn't into distance running. I got into jogging later in life in an attempt to keep my weight down and stay physically fit. But I've never been a serious runner.

  • Here's a cure for summertime blues

    Now that spring has sprung (Easter's snow flurries not withstanding), it won't be long before children are released from school bondage and freed to roam Anderson County in search of fun.

    Some, whose parents fork over 50-plus bucks, will wile away their summer hitting and throwing baseballs and softballs in the county park. Others will give soccer moms another season to exist.

  • Mostly thumbs up to school changes

    We're sticking with our original opinion that the best move the Anderson County Board of Education could have made to balance population at the elementary schools would have been to turn Saffell into a fifth and sixth grade campus.

    Instead, the board opted to expand the middle school and appeared to knuckle under to pressure from Saffell parents and teachers who screamed bloody murder.

    Rather than spend millions, the board could have used its existing facilities to teach children and saved the spending for when it's really needed.

  • Sorting through the wedding stresses

    Some days I just want to scream, and it's my best possible guess that every day until July 12 will be one of those days.

    For those of you who didn't tune in last week, I'm getting married this summer (!), and July 12 is my wedding date. This weekend it kind of hit me that I will be busy every day until that very day is over.

    Friday was fine. I only had to work half a day, and my cousin, who will be my maid of honor, came into town. She and I went to dinner with my fianc, then the world turned upside down. OK, so not really, but I got pretty stressed.