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It’s all about the children, sort of

By Ben Carlson

What would it hurt for children schooled at home to play athletics in the public schools?
There certainly are plenty of rules that forbid that from happening here in Kentucky, and legal decisions from the courts to back them up, so spare me the usual oatmeal responses, please.
Instead, answer the question as posed and tell me what it would actually hurt?


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Ripy House: Love at first sight

By Meaghan Downs

I’ve fallen in love with a house.
If I were a proper member of my generation, I would be in a serious relationship with my iPhone, not besotted with the T.B. Ripy House.
Not the most conventional match, I know.
As a part of my series on downtown Lawrenceburg, a tour of the only historic landmark designated by the historic district commission — a group looking to preserve a swath of Main Street residences and business— seemed essential.
I don’t delight in the spoils of a war between a house and the wear and tear of time.


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I’ll be the judge of what is fair

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
Before reading this, please take a moment to read the leadoff letter to the editor next door.
Wasn’t that great? That is, hands down, the best letter I’ve received this year.
The writer makes some interesting arguments, including that Anderson County and the City of Lawrenceburg would be better served were I in charge of everything. After all, who better to run everything than the person who knows everything about everything?


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If new form of government can reign them in, current fiscal court should be able to do the same

Waiting to fix taxing districts not an option

Taxpayers can’t afford to wait what could be five years to fix what Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway accurately describes as the county’s “out-of-control” taxing districts.
During last Tuesday’s meeting of the city council and fiscal court, our elected officials made the first step in what will be a five-year process of merging together. (See story, A1.)


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Where, exactly, is Anderson County’s pride?

By John Herndon

I went to the Kentucky State Fair on Saturday.
Freddy Farm Bureau was sitting in that same spot on the right side of the main entrance to Freedom Hall where he has talked to kids for more than 50 years. And he still wears size 31 shoes.
You can still get those unbelievably good boneless pork chop sandwiches, corn dogs and funnel cakes just about everywhere you look. In the West Wing, rows and rows of cattle from all over Kentucky and surrounding states were lined up, just as they have been since the current fairgrounds opened in 1956.


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Conway yet to be politically corrected

By Ben Carlson

When God was passing out guts, Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway apparently snuck back in line for a second helping.
I’ve attended public meetings for more years than I care to recall and can’t think if a single time I’ve watched an elected official act as brazenly as Conway did during last week’s board of health meeting.


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Fiddling with ethics while journalism burns

By Meaghan Downs

Vulnerability is the kryptonite of the journalist.
You’re not supposed to see us cry. Not even flinch.
Reporters are known to sweat blood and eat the still-quivering flesh of our slain enemies.
Phone hacking, however, is going too far. Even for a journalist.
While most people bemoaned the shattered glass debt ceiling of the US government, I’ve been mourning the death of a tabloid.


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An open letter begging state health commissioner to solve health department’s money problems

Help us, Mr. Davis!

By Ben Carlson

To: Steve Davis, acting commissioner
of the state Department of Public Health
From: Worried Anderson County taxpayers

Dear Mr. Davis;
We are absolutely thrilled to hear that you will make an appearance during the Anderson County Board of Health meeting, scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Extension building.


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No reason to oppose unified government

By Ben Carlson

We’ll find out next Tuesday exactly what those who serve on the city council and fiscal court are made of.
That’s when both will hold a joint public meeting to hear a presentation on a unified form of government — one that will ostensibly result in a streamlined delivery of services, possibly at a better price.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Stratton building in the county park.


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Let’s hope city council learned lesson in giving mayor power to ‘negotiate’

Common sense in short supply

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
Here’s a thought from a reader that makes sense — that is unless the goofy rules handed down from state government are applied.
I received an e-mail from a reader who requested anonymity but wanted to weigh in on the school district’s decision not to budget to purchase high school text books, allowing instead the school’s site based council (which has no authority to tax but in this case is doing so anyway) to ding each kid $50 as an “instructional fee.”


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