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Staff shares New Year’s wishes

By The Staff

Most folks have wishes for the new year, and the staff at The Anderson News is no different.

Below, members of our staff offer their wishes for 2009, a year we all hope is better than 2008 in many ways.

Remember, we’re asking for your wishes, too. Just e-mail them to sbrock@theandersonnews.com for publication in next week’s paper.

Shannon Mason Brock, staff writer


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Working my way back to Santa's 'nice' list

By Shannon Brock

Somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 years ago, a little girl earned her way onto Santa's naughty list.

All she wanted for Christmas that year was a keyboard. She loved to sing and wanted to learn to play the keyboard to round out her musical talent. She put in her request to her mom, dad, aunts, uncles and even Old Saint Nick.

As the days passed by and Christmas morning grew closer, she was bursting at the seams to know if the keyboard would somehow find its way under her tree.


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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

By The Staff

Editor’s note: The following is an 1897 letter printed in the New York Sun and the reply given by veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church. It has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial. It appears here courtesy of newseum.org.

Dear Editor: I am 8 years old.

Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun it's so."

Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

Virginia O’Hanlon

115 West Ninety-Fifth Street


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Trojan icon is more than a football coach

By Jay Cason

I never thought I could become a Southern Cal football fan. Maybe it’s because of the way they repeatedly run roughshod over my University of Michigan Wolverines in the Rose Bowl.

It wasn’t always that way. The Michiganders swamped the Trojans 49-0 in the 1949 Rose Bowl. But that’s ancient history and I didn’t become a Wolverine fan until the 1970s when I moved to Michigan. Since then it has been all University of Southern California. They whipped U of M 14-3 in 1970, 14-6 in 1972, 28-14 in 2004, and 32-18 two years ago.


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Letters to the editor

By The Staff

Children thankful for returned parade ribbon

To the editor:

We want to thank the nice person who turned in our second place Christmas parade ribbon.

We wish we knew who he was so we could thank him personally.

We also want to thank Lawrenceburg Mayor Edwinna Baker for calling us with the good news and giving us the ribbon back last week. Madeleine the reindeer goat thanks you, too!

Rio and Quetzal Velasco

Lawrenceburg

Septic users must comply with pumping regulations

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Let it snow — on weekends, holidays

By Shannon Brock

Considering it’s a little after noon on Monday, and I’m writing this column several hours before an impending winter storm, perhaps it’s fitting that the song running through my head right now begins with the words, “Oh, the weather outside is frightful…”


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The Night Before Christmas (at the White House)

By The Staff

The Night Before Christmas

(at the White House)

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the nation

Not a creature was stirring, due to economic stagnation

A list of woes was hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that Obama would soon be there;

The twins were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of bourbon balls danced in their heads

And mamma in her 'kerchief' eating a wrap

Had just settled down with the world's biggest sap

When out on the lawn there arose such a howl,


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Speaking of electric cars, discrimination, Christmas

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em...

A question for those of you who think the answer for America’s auto industry woes is for the Big Three to build electric cars: What happens when tens of millions of people pull into their driveways after work and plug them in?

Might not be too terrible a problem here, but when it’s 90 degrees on the West Coast, California already experiences brown outs due to its aging and inadequate electric grid.

Ditto the Northeast.


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It’s time to print our own money

By Ben Carlson

In dribs and drabs, Lawrenceburg’s business community is shrinking nearly every week as small businesses continue to go under.

As a community, we can sit back and wait for someone in Frankfort or Washington, D.C., to sprinkle pixie dust on the economy and get it back on track, or we can take matters into our own hands.


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Preserving Cason family history

By Jay Cason

Unlike my wife, who can trace her heritage directly to ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War, I don’t know a whole lot about my family’s history.


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