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What have you sacrificed?

By Meaghan Downs

Sacrifice.
To appease the vengeful god known as the “economy,” it’s an imperative to offer our time, money and entertainment as budgetary sacrifices.
No more vacations.
Fewer trips to the salon or nail parlor. (There’s actually a direct relationship between the infrequency of haircuts and the depressed status of the economy, according to news reports).
Want to start a family? If you’re anything like most young people in the U.S., you’ll want to wait.


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Possible solution for business license dilemma offered

Lower speed limit on Versailles Road now

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
Reducing the speed limit on Versailles Road isn’t going to bring back Marie Garmon or the other two women killed on that road last fall.
It isn’t going to un-injure the woman whose car was rear-ended this summer, or any of the others hurt in the mounting number of accidents on that road.
But it needs to happen, and it needs to happen now.


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Giving during tough times

By Meaghan Downs

The art of selfless giving is hard to master.
Especially in 2012.  
At this same time last year, then-high school junior Blake Roach promised himself that he’d pursue his mission to erect a 9/11 memorial in front of the Anderson County high school, even if he didn’t make his promised groundbreaking deadline of Sept. 11, 2011.
That deadline long gone, Blake said he hopes he can just see this project through until more final deadline — his graduation in May.


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Handling of hit list a lesson for district

By The Staff

Roughly 36 hours. That’s how long it took from the time police took into custody a middle school student suspected of creating a hit list before school officials determined it was OK for you to know about it.
That’s inexcusable. When something this serious happens, the district should set aside this pervasive and somewhat odd desire it has developed of late to control every ounce of information that gets out and simply let people know what’s going on.


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Putting a face to the economy

By Meaghan Downs

The economy.
If you listen closely to the way people talk about the economy, you expect Frankenstein’s monster pieced together from the most terrifying of horror film creatures.
Like the nameless beast hiding underneath the bed, the economy creates havoc without anyone physically seeing or touching it.
“The economy” induces enough stress and fear, it seems, to launch a thousand nightmares.
It starves. It steals. It turns decent people desperate.


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Will attorney general’s office keep talking tough?

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
Don’t be surprised this week if a former social services employee who pleaded guilty to nine felony counts of falsifying her investigations is, in essence, released from prison.
Yep, the five year sentence Margaret “Geri” Murphy received just a month ago could be set aside when she asks for, and odds are will receive, shock probation.


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The roads less traveled

By Meaghan Downs

Anderson County, I give up.
Just when I think I know exactly where I’m going and what’s going to happen, you dump me on an impossible, toothpick-thin road with no cell phone service and threatening, moody thunderclouds.
Last week, Editor Ben Carlson wrote about the city slicker behavior of his pets.
Well, I’m here to tell you to confess I have something in common with his dachshund.
I am a city slicker. I am unashamed to admit this, because it’s obviously true.  


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Murder suspect attorneys offer example of why lawyers often get bad rap

ECC deal finalized, tax rate debate up next

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
For those wishing to overturn the school board’s decision to practically give away the old ECC building, forget about it.
I’ve had numerous calls and conversations with people who were highly agitated that the board sold the building and 7.5 acres of land for $75,100, and held out hope that somehow someone would force them to reconsider.
Of course nothing could make that happen, and the board closed the deal a couple of weeks ago without so much as a public peep.


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Apologies to the Class of 2013

By Meaghan Downs

Dear Anderson County high school seniors, Class of 2013:
I apologize in advance.
Many of you won’t read this column, because according to some of your elders, you’ve never seen a newspaper.
For those who decided to engage in the archaic ritual of reading the weekly newspaper, I’d like to extend an apology on behalf of others who believe today’s youth don’t know how to string a sentence together unless it includes text speak like “LOL” or “OMG.”  


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Subservience awaits those who don’t demand honesty from themselves and those they elect

Who among you will raise a hand in public?

A private show of hands, please, from those who think that the state Transportation Cabinet’s efforts to use political candidate Kent Stevens to deliver “contingency” road paving funds to Anderson County was not politically motivated in any way. (See story, A1.)
C’mon, no one’s looking. Even you lifelong Democrats who can’t stand Republicans — especially Republicans like Kim King — can raise your hands.


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