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

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …

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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Outpouring for Kenny was well deserved

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
First, a little housekeeping.
I pointed out in last week’s column how, in its new budget, the fiscal court cut about $9,000 from Senior Center funding.
That’s true but should have included additional context in that the amount the center was given was the amount it asked for, according to Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton.
It marks the first time I’ve ever heard of a senior center or similar agency asking to have its funding reduced.
Ever.


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Outpouring for Kenny was well deserved

By Ben Carlson, Publisher

Column as I see ’em …
First, a little housekeeping.
I pointed out in last week’s column how, in its new budget, the fiscal court cut about $9,000 from Senior Center funding.
That’s true but should have included additional context in that the amount the center was given was the amount it asked for, according to Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton.
It marks the first time I’ve ever heard of a senior center or similar agency asking to have its funding reduced.
Ever.


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County’s financial picture not easy to decipher

Deficit or cushion?

By Ben Carlson, Publisher

Column as I see ’em …

I’ve spent the past several weeks trying to decipher just exactly what is going on with the fiscal court’s budget that was formally approved Tuesday morning, and have concluded that the county doesn’t really have a $400,000 deficit.

When one thinks of a budget deficit, what comes to mind is not having enough money to meet one’s obligations.


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There’s votes on ‘them there’ roads

By Ben Carlson, Publisher

Column as I see ’em …

If you want to start a dust-up with members of the Anderson County Fiscal Court, just get them debating how to spend road funds.

We were nearly privy to such an event last Tuesday when Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton called for booting 3rd District Magistrate Juretta Wells out of the process of picking a road for the county’s priority road list, which I’m not sure is even legal.


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Missed opportunities revealed while discussing Alton

A very depressing telephone call

By Ben Carlson, Publisher

Column as I see ’em …

He went on and on last Friday, telling me one sad story after the next about Anderson County’s shortcomings, near misses and inability to secure that which seemingly comes easy to other communities.

It’s a conversation I’ve had before, but never with someone who knew so much about the machinations that have left our area wanting while other areas flourished.


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Welcome, folks, to the Teaparty Times

A loss that lessens Anderson County

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see’em …

I’ve been rationing the homemade pickled beets she gave me several months ago in an effort to make them last.

Not that getting a treat from Janette was uncommon. Without warning, the woman I came to consider the queen of western Anderson County would sometimes drop in unannounced and lay some of her fabulous kitchen creations on my desk.


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SMH over dump truck at compactor

Heroin bust a reason to cheer

By Ben Carlson

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It was with great pleasure that I photographed the scene of a heroin bust conducted early Monday evening by the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

When it comes to police getting that garbage off the streets, the dispassionate journalist in me takes a vacation and I actually feel like cheering while taking photos.

Lawrenceburg, like so many other communities in Kentucky and across the country, is lousy with heroin and the problem continues to get worse.


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Tax charts interesting, sad look at Anderson County

Column as I see ’em …

The old adage that figures lie and liars figure is usually true, but the two lists I’ve included here certainly don’t.

They do, however, require a bit of explanation for those just joining us in following who is taxing us locally and who is paying the most.

The Top 10 list is equal parts intriguing and sad, frankly, and hasn’t changed in any measurable way since the last time I printed it a couple of years ago.


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