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Like it or not, pipeline grants are available

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
Is it because it’s viewed as blood money?
That was one response when folks in our office were debating why on earth no public agency in Anderson County has applied for a Bluegrass Pipeline grant.
I guess the blood money scenario is a possibility, but given the stated state of financial affairs around here, it would seem they’d take money from nearly any source.
After all, it’s not like they’re taking a one-week loan from Tony Soprano, you know?


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How I feel about January, and a welcome sign follow-up

By Meaghan Downs

A new year brings a new fixation on loss.
We tell ourselves: yes, this is the year we’ll lose, and we’ll lose triumphantly for the better.  
Shed those hated pounds, chop off your hair and slough away the stress for a fresh, scrubbed outlook on life.
This is extremely difficult to do in January.
No offense to everyone who celebrates birthdays (sorry, Dad and Martin Luther King Jr.), anniversaries or other memorable occasions during the month, but I hate January.


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City searches for owners of deteriorating Lawrenceburg signs

Do you know who owns these welcome signs?

By Meaghan Downs

Two welcome signs are in need of, repairs or simply need to be taken down.
You may have seen them on North Main Street or Broadway. They’re old and faded, and a little worse for wear.
In my opinion, they’re in need of some tender loving and care. And I’m not even sure that would solve the problem.
I thought it was the city’s responsibility to maintain these two welcome signs, so I dashed off a quick email to City Clerk Robbie Hume.  


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Leaky oil pipe better than more dead soldiers

By Ben Carlson

Since it first popped up as an issue last year, I’ve been asked time and again when I will take an editorial stance on the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline.
In fact, there are several folks who have flat-out demanded that I do so, either to draw me out as a pipeline proponent or hold me aloft as yet another member of the media to fall in line by opposing it.


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New year, same old public library

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
I sometimes feel like Al Pacino in the third (and worst) “Godfather” movie. You know, the one where aging mafia Michael Corleone boss laments, “Every time I try to get out, they pull me back in.”


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Columns that stuck in 2013

By Meaghan Downs

Since I started writing opinion columns for The Anderson News, I spend the last week of the year ripping those same columns to shreds.
I retroactively go over the sentences I loved writing and the people that inspired them. The ill-conceived, awkward sentence constructions I wish died on the keyboard as I typed them. The brilliant, sophisticated prose I dreamed only after our Monday deadline.
I don’t mentally review every single one of the nearly 52 columns I wrote in 2013.


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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Editor’s note: The following was written by Francis P. Church and was first published in The New York Sun in 1897. Church married shortly after the editorial appeared. He died in April, 1906, leaving no children.
Virginia O’Hanlon went on to graduate from Hunter College with a Bachelor of Arts degree at age 21.
Virginia O’Hanlon Douglas died on May 13, 1971, at the age of 81, in a nursing home in Valatie, NY.


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Engaged couple runs to spread Christmas cheer

By Meaghan Downs

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus —
Running down Broadway?
No, really.
I know — I was as skeptical as you when I got the call from one of our advertising representatives, Tamara Smith, last Friday afternoon.
The conversation on the phone was one of those where I repeated everything she told me incredulously because, really.
“Santa? On Broadway? OK … ”
A Santa and his partner-in-crime Mrs. Claus running down a Lawrenceburg street?
Sure. Why not?


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Nightmares before Christmas

By Meaghan Downs

Now that my transformation into a gingerbread man was complete, the battle for Christmas supremacy began.
As soon as my head hit the pillow and my eyes closed Sunday night, dreams of sugarplums did not dance in my mind.
More like bloody, violent dreams of sugarplums warring against a native tribe of gingerbread people.


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Granny’s plea deal could be best thing for tied up child

City council approves Election Day booze sales

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
If the above headline sounds familiar, it should. It’s nearly identical to one I wrote a few weeks ago on the front page, and one that apparently got a few city council members in a bit of a snit during their meeting Monday night.
Councilman Ken Evans demanded a retraction from News Editor Meaghan Downs, who was covering the meeting, and said she spoke with both Evans and councilman Tommy Vaughn about the headline after the council adjourned.


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