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By Meaghan Downs

The Anderson News prints good news.
This statement is fact.
Not opinion, although I’m declaring this truth to be self-evident in a column on the opinion page.
Recently I was asked by a reader via e-mail to give more positive recognition in the paper, promote more positive coverage.
I don’t mind responding to reader requests, especially easy ones.
My answer — we already do.


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Taxpayers, unemployed won’t like any of this

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
If you had poured over $900,000 into home improvements since 1988, would you even consider selling it today for $75 grand?
Granted, the old Early Childhood Center isn’t a home, per se, but that’s about how much money taxpayers have dumped into it over the past 24 years.
Not a very good investment, considering that earlier this month the building — along with 7.5 acres of land — fetched about 12 percent of the amount spent to fix it up, according to the district’s own depreciation schedule.


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Much ado about uniforms

By Meaghan Downs

Made in America.
Not so much anymore.
This week in self-righteous Washington anger, some decided to take a strong, opinionated stance on an issue that affects all Americans:
No, not tax cuts for more the middle class.
Uniforms.


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Public demand for merger would end city-county feud

Fiddling while Anderson burns

By Ben Carlson

It has been said that Emperor Nero fiddled while Rome burned.
Nearly 2,000 years later in a small central Kentucky county named Anderson, our Neros in city and county government spend more time rosining up their bows to do a little fiddling of their own instead of putting out the fires and getting down to business.


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Where did all the thinkers go?

By Meaghan Downs

I was complaining about technology. Again.
This was not a new conversation. It’s one I repeat time and time again, with friends, family, random people in line at the grocery store, and most recently, my cousin, a self-professed technofile.
“This is the best time to be living in,” he told me, as my SUV purred along the highway and he pored over the glow of his smart phone.
For him, technology is exciting, revolutionary. An evolution of industries building toward a brighter, better future.
In my mind, technology equals anxiety.  


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School district refuses to release appraisal

More questions than answers about sale of ECC land, building

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
Count me among the many still scratching their heads at the tremendous deal the Christian Academy got in buying the old Early Childhood Center building and land for $75,100.
Frankly, I couldn’t be happier for those folks, especially considering the hard work and due diligence they did before making what turned out to be the only bid on that building.


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Local Democrats mimic GOP’s response to chief justice

Christian Academy schools city council on buying real estate

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
Congratulations go to the folks from the Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg on their purchase of the old Early Childhood Center.
That property continuing to be used for educational purposes is ideal.
And what a bargain! The academy made the only bid on the property and will pay just $75,100 for a 45,500 square foot building and nearly 7.5 acres of land in downtown Lawrenceburg.


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Born in the USA: Top 10 reasons why we should love being American

By Meaghan Downs

“That’s it. I’m moving to Canada.”
Whenever we’re displeased or frustrated with the good ‘ol United States of America, we threaten to seek sanctuary in our neighbors to the north.
Why? Because we just can’t take it anymore: the gas prices, the unemployment and yet another losing season of our favorite sports team (Kentucky basketball aside, of course).


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Who do you blame when good kids go bad?

By Meaghan Downs

Thirty-five seconds.
The video kept recording the humiliation for about 10 minutes, but I had seen enough to convince me.  
What the eye sees, it can’t erase.
So I procrastinated on viewing the infamous “Making the Bus Monitor Cry” for days. I knew about how horrible it was, and believed all of the outrage.  
I don’t consider myself a member of the morality police, and typically err on the side of free speech.
But the middle school boys portrayed in the video were not exercising First Amendment rights.


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Annual sighting expected later this summer when taxing districts set rates

Preparing for return of ‘Flim-Flam Man’

By Ben Carlson

With our array of taxing districts poised to set tax rates later this summer, it seems only fitting that a 1960s movie titled “The Flim-Flam Man” included scenes shot right here in Lawrenceburg
That movie featured a pair of drifters who teamed up to gain the confidence of locals while bilking them out of their money. The key, of course, was to never let the local rubes know that they were having their pockets picked, which isn’t all that different than the way the system to raise property taxes works.


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