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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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Should we reward teachers based on test scores?

By Meaghan Downs

Once upon a time, students assured themselves an easy school year simply by placing an apple on the teacher’s desk on the first day.
They could try, anyway.
But an apple a day won’t keep our good teachers teaching.
Flashing shiny Apple products in their faces won’t be enough, either.      
So what incentives can possibly be left for teachers who see year after year of pay freezes and budget cuts?


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Our mirror is large enough for everyone

By Ben Carlson

You think you’re holding a newspaper, but in fact it’s a mirror.
That’s my view, anyway, because my goal each week is to produce a paper that reflects the community it serves, warts and all.
As you’ll see in a guest column on this page and in Jess Thompson’s column on the church page, there’s an interesting debate going on between a self-described Christian and a self-described atheist.


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Want good news? Read

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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