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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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Six tips on how to go crazy finding perfect Christmas gift

By Meaghan Downs

The writer O. Henry once wrote a short story called the “Gift of the Magi.”
You may have heard of it.
If not, here’s the plot: Young, poor husband sells watch to buy wife expensive hair comb. Young, poor wife sells glorious tresses to pay for husband’s watch accessory.
Irony ensues and we all get warm and fuzzy about the “true” meaning of Christmas.  


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Check out these Bondville Road lights

By Meaghan Downs

Raise your hand if you traveled all the way to Alabama to buy special Christmas lights for your outdoor holiday display this year.
Robert James did.
But James, who lives on Bondville Road, says he loves to “go all out” for Christmas.
And he wants others to enjoy the free lights, er, fruits of his labor.
“We’re just two kids at heart and we just like setting up for Christmas,” James said of himself and his neighbor, Gordon Brandenburg, in a phone interview a few weeks ago.


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Stay home for Thanksgiving

By Meaghan Downs

Stay home.
Lock your doors. Put an iron chain across your threshold if you think you won’t be able to resist incredible Thanksgiving deals tomorrow.  
Because there is absolutely no reason, none at all, to drag your family members out into the cold to save a few precious bucks.  
I suppose I could use this column to vilify the retail giants and other businesses that decided to open early on Thanksgiving. I don’t think that’s necessary.


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