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Helpful hints for city-county tourism merger

Stopping trucks on Hwy 151 can be done

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …

One of these days you’re going to pick up a copy of this newspaper and read all about how a family was killed when a tractor-trailer plowed through their home on Graefenburg Road — aka State Highway 151 — in Alton.

It nearly happened last week when gas tanker plowed through five yards and miraculously didn’t explode when it struck a tree.


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Would they look a dying man in eye?

By Ben Carlson

If my father lives long enough to make his annual trek to Lawrenceburg later this year, I’d like to introduce him to Gov. Beshear.

Actually, I’d rather introduce him to Beshear and President Obama to see if either are man enough to look a dying man in the eye and still claim the health insurance scheme cooked up by Obama and endorsed by Beshear isn’t at least partly to blame.

My guess is no.


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A hemp processing plant here? Let’s hope so

Flag removal shows Gritton’s leadership

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …

Sometimes I wonder if politicians really know what’s in store for them when they throw their metaphorical hats into the ring.

Take Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton. When he decided to run for office, it’s a safe bet to say that the last thing he thought he’d be dealing with was same-sex marriage, let alone angst over a monument that has stood in front of the county courthouse since before anyone reading this column was born.


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Tourism doesn’t yet deserve more money

By Ben Carlson

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When former judge-executive John Wayne Conway gets this newspaper in the mail, it’s a good bet he’ll just shake his head when he reads that the fiscal court has taken the first step toward merging with the city council on tourism.


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Athletic fee is yet another income tax

By Ben Carlson

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I’ve stayed out of the dust-up regarding the school board’s decision to start charging student athletes a fee to play a sport.

Until now, that is.

Like the $50 instructional fee parents of high school students who don’t receive free or reduced lunches are “required” to pay, the fee to play sports is optional.

That’s right, it’s optional, but don’t expect to hear or read that anywhere else.


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Cost per square foot, funky approval raise eyebrows

Flush-with-cash library to be just fine

By Ben Carlson

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Let’s start this week off by drilling a little more deeply into the library board’s decision to spend $4 million on an 8,000 square foot expansion project, not to mention the funky, if not wholly improper, way the final decision was made.

First the good news. Those gnashing their teeth over the prospect of seeing a tax increase due to this expansion can chill. The library has about $2.6 million in reserve funds, which is more than the city council, fiscal court, school district and health department combined.


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No easy answers for monument

By Ben Carlson

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A black man I interviewed last week about the appropriateness of the Confederate soldier monument in front of the county courthouse caught me off guard.

“What do you think should happen to it?” he asked me while I was jotting down his response to the same question.

I glanced up from my notebook and quickly realized that I had no idea what to say and, as write this column at 3 a.m. Tuesday, I still don’t.


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Old paper not kind to Bourbon Trail

By Ben Carlson

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Did you know Lawrenceburg used to have two newspapers?

Neither did I until I stumbled across the digital archive of a publication that existed around the turn of the last century oddly titled “It.”

And let me tell you, “It” was a veritable hoot not only for it’s name but for some of the content “It” included.


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Bothered by gay marriage? Here’s who’s really to blame

By Ben Carlson

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Count me among those disappointed with the Supreme Court’s ruling last week on gay marriage, but not for the reason you might think.

I held an admittedly obtuse hope that the court would actually do its job and simply declare that the  government has no enumerated Constitutional authority to approve or deny marriage, regardless of sexual preference, and order politicians to start minding their own business.


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A budget deficit that never was

By Ben Carlson

The fiscal court’s decision last Tuesday not to borrow $400,000 to balance its budget laid to rest any doubt that there ever was a budget deficit.

Did the previous fiscal court burn off a large amount of cash putting together a recycling program that was ultimately doomed to fail? Sure it did; no one is questioning that.

What I am questioning is why there was ever discussion of a deficit in the first place.


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