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Best way to deal with an annoying boss

By Ben Carlson

The next time the person who signs your paycheck pesters you with questions, do the following:
1. Don’t respond.
2. Say you won’t be available to answer any questions “until next Thursday.”
If he or she sends me an email, ignore it.
If he or she calls, pretend you’re not in and then ignore that little flashing light on your phone when they leave you a voicemail.


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Honoring heritage should happen year around

By Meaghan Downs

It’s never too late to celebrate your heritage.
Take the members of Second Christian Church in Lawrenceburg, for example.
They’ve devoted February, and specifically this past Sunday, to celebrating Black History Month, and highlighting the contributions of famous African-Americans and traditional culture.  
Hope Franklin, who has been a member of Second Christian Church since she was born, said showing where you’ve come from can encourage others to invent and discover, just as other African-Americans that came before have.   


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Also this week, a civics lesson and thoughts on Walter Patrick

Senate bill good start, but more is needed

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
It’s good to see I’m not alone in yammering for taxing districts to be made more accountable.
The state senate agrees, at least when it comes to libraries.
During the recent session, the senate passed a bill that would give judge-executives and their fiscal courts the power to appoint those they consider best suited to serve as library trustees.


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Swallowed by education’s complicated alphabet soup

By Meaghan Downs

My favorite writers — journalists, poets and songwriters alike — tell it like it is.
No careful waltzes around the truth.
No ring-around-the-rosy games around what really matters.
Which is why the convoluted language of education, especially the dizzyingly complicated formulas of Kentucky’s new educational assessment standards, is particularly frustrating.
The main and justified criticism of No Child Left Behind legislation was that its standards for school improvement were unrealistic and complicated.


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Joys of fatherhood know no boundaries

By Ben Carlson

While hiding in the hallway, I listened as the commander retold the story I told him a few hours earlier.
It was the story of how my daughter, Hayley, had gone from aspiring college student bent on becoming a physical therapist to landing in that career field with the Air Force. The catch, though, required her to report to boot camp three days later, leaving her parents almost no time to come to grips with the fact that their middle child was leaving the nest.
The commander knew I was listening in the hallway. Hayley didn’t have a clue.


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Five who voted for new health building ultimately to blame for employee cutbacks

Bustin, Cornish, Lee, Hoskins, Smallwood owe apology tonight

By Ben Carlson

We’ll hear plenty when the Anderson County Health Board meets tonight (Wednesday) at 6.
We’ll hear which health department employee has lost his or her job.
We’ll hear which employees will be reduced to part time.
We’ll hear how many furlough days employees will be forced to endure.
But if history is any indicator, what we won’t hear is an apology from those responsible for inflicting this hardship on these employees and their families.


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Here’s a better way to raise taxes

By Ben Carlson

Information I shared in last week’s column about pending trouble for the library included some incorrect information.
The accurate information, though, is even more troubling, depending on where one stands on taxes and how they are levied.
Last week I wrote about a lawsuit against the public library in Campbell County, brought by citizens who maintain that it has been illegally setting tax rates.
It’s a complicated case, which last Friday was taken out of circuit court there and sent into federal court.


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Library trustees should secure surplus funds now

Redistricting suit puts dirty politics on display

By Ben Carlson
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Prescription drug abuse was far from over

By Meaghan Downs

We know bath salts and synthetic marijuana are quickly becoming a problem in Anderson County.
But what about prescription pills?
We’ve heard about the “pill mills” in Florida and Georgia, and the unflattering “pillbillies” nickname given to Kentuckians who travel across state lines as pain clinic customers.
It’s not a new topic, not in the slightest.
That’s the problem.
Prescription drugs involve a danger unlike bath salts and synthetic marijuana: recommended human consumption.


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Lawsuit spells trouble for Anderson library

By Ben Carlson

It appears the Anderson Public Library has for decades been taxing the public in violation of state law, and the ramifications for doing so could be tremendous.
A mighty bold statement? You bet, but the facts don’t lie.
We’ll explain why, but first a little background. The library is funded through what’s called a special taxing district, meaning it appears on your county property tax bill as a separate line item.
Each year, the boards that oversee the health department and library create budgets and set a tax rate on your property.


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