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Keeping dry eye impossible during Memorial Day ceremony

By Ben Carlson

It happens every Memorial Day.
Camera in hand, I go to the ceremony at the Healing Field bound and determined not to get misty eyed during the service.
After all, I’m a working, impartial journalist there to report and photograph, not participate.
Then someone says or does something that gets me going, my throat gets a lump and I have to pretend I have a speck of dirt in my eye.
This year was no different. I was fine for a while, snapping photos of praying and saluting veterans and their families while trying not to detract from the ceremony.


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Authors abound in Lawrenceburg

By Meaghan Downs

The only thing that comes close to giving birth is writing.
And I’m not the only one who thinks so.
Anyone who writes — even just by texting or sending e-mails — understands how difficult it can be to find the right word.
I once spent three weeks trying to remember the word “efficacy.”
“Dilapidated” will forever haunt me as the word that vanquished me in the third round of the regional spelling bee.


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Editorial: Mention of tax increase dampens spending spree

The dollars being discussed were in the millions, and flashed across the school board’s dazzling array of big-screen TV monitors faster than Facebook’s stock price fell on its second day of trading.
The school board never blinked Monday night while hearing about an eye-popping plan that calls for spending in excess of $23 million in proposed building plans and improvements.


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Uncovering the secrets of the motherhood

By Meaghan Downs

They don’t hold hands, swaying back and forth in an unbroken circle to summon ancient powers of parenthood.
Mothers hold other, tiny hands in the grocery store.
Mostly to keep those same hands from grabbing large, powdery bags of flour and dumping them on the floor.
They walk beside tricycles as plastic wheels rumble across pavement.
They wipe their own eyes watching the same tricyclist, now grown up, walk across the stage at graduation or down the aisle.


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Running for city council? Here’s your platform

By Ben Carlson

Raise your hand if your pay is automatically increased each year based on the consumer price index.
Don’t feel bad if you didn’t because few if any businesses or government agencies would even consider awarding pay raises based solely on the cost of living going up.
Among those few is the Lawrenceburg City Council and its mayor. That bunch has been giving itself pay increases for the past six years not based on the job they have done, but instead on the cost of living. That’s it, nothing more.


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Looking for life in weekly obituaries

By Meaghan Downs

I love reading obituaries.
Not because I am happy to learn that someone died.
But because it’s an entire epic novel squeezed into miniature, tracing life from birth to death.
It’s Homer’s Odyssey compressed down to the time it takes to read a haiku.
Is this morbid fascination? I don’t think so.
For one instant, in a few, compact lines, we learn that someone’s ordinary life wasn’t so ordinary.
Read between the lines.
We have more in common with the dead than you’d think.


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Fix these problems, too

By The Staff

We’ve had several calls and comments from readers who were none too happy with the tractor and truck pulls, particularly because of the late-night noise and litter.
Screaming engines at 10 p.m. on a Friday night are one thing, but when they’re howling after midnight, it’s understandable that some folks are going to object.
We checked, and the city’s 911 dispatch center said it received three calls Friday night, but none Saturday when the pulls ended much earlier.


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Rent pulling track to shut up critics

By The Staff

Good weather and large crowds mean last weekend’s truck and tractor pull will result in a hefty donation for the county park.
Just how hefty that donation will be is unanswerable, and not because receipts from the gate and concessions are still being counted.
And that’s a problem.
The Anderson County Fiscal Court needs to adopt a hard-and-fast policy on using the county park for events of any kind, including those designed to be fundraisers.


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When we speak, does the library listen?

By The Staff

A group of taxpayers had a few questions for the library board.
And they wanted answers — about the tax rate, the potential expansion, the way trustees are appointed to serve this special taxing district.
But is the library board listening?
Trustee Amy Kennedy, president of the board, wondered if the board should reconsider its plans for expansion following an hour of being peppered with questions from these concerned citizens.
After all, she said, even just talking about building expansion has proven to be controversial.


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Nothing funny about politicians’ half-hearted effort

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
I inappropriately blurted out what at the time was intended to be a funny remark during last Tuesday night’s fiscal court meeting.
I shouldn’t have done that because in retrospect what prompted that remark wasn’t the least bit humorous.


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