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Bugs and football, what a weekend

By Shannon Brock

I haven't had an interesting weekend to write about in a while, but this past one was chock full of entertainment. OK, so maybe not "chock full," but for an old married person like me, it was entertaining.

At the very least it taught me a few lessons:

Two Shannons aren't necessarily braver than one

My friend Shannon and I took Friday evening to enjoy a little "Shannon time." While the hubby was studying back home in Lexington, she and I had dinner and ice cream in Frankfort.


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Go get 'em, mayor

By Ben Carlson

The right to private property is a great thing ... heck, an American thing.

But no matter how much property a person owns, it's still stitched to someone else's and we are all accountable to each other to take care of what we own.

A story in this week's paper serves as a microcosm of how one person's reluctance to maintain his property affects those around him. His back yard is replete with junked vehicles, piles of scrap lumber and other items that are an eyesore.

His front yard isn't much better.


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U of L president needs sensitivity training

By Jay Cason

If recent newspaper articles about the scandal involving former University of Louisville's College of Education Dean Robert Felner are accurate, school president James Ramsey has some serious fence mending to do with his faculty.

Felner is no longer with the university and is currently being investigated by the feds for alleged misappropriation of grant money. By most published accounts, he is not a pleasant person.


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Will Anderson be painted red?

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see 'em ...

For all the grumbling and griping about local government, it's amazing that so few people are running for the available city council and school board seats this fall. There is zero competition for three school board seats, and only eight candidates (four of which are incumbents) gunning for six seats on the city council. At a time of year when yards are generally stuffed with signs begging for votes, I've spotted nary a one for school board or city council.


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Forty years and counting

By Jay Cason

Last week my wife and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary.

Other than exchanging cards and perhaps going out to dinner, we usually don't do anything special or exchange gifts on our anniversaries.

But realizing that I needed do something extra for this anniversary, since staying together for so long has become increasingly rare, I purchased her a set of nice ruby earrings. (I looked on the Internet and discovered that the 40th is the "ruby" anniversary and it's also her birthstone.)


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Keeping it 'Real'

By Ben Carlson

I admit being none too happy when I saw the little car with Indiana tags and trailer behind it clogging up the area in front of the gas pumps.

It was Sunday, I was late getting stuff home for dinner and nearly out of gas, but the cheap thrill of pumping marginally cheaper gas suckered me in, and into the chaos I drove.


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Jay's Dickensonian dilemma

By Jay Cason

What to do when both people running for a seat in the United States Senate are simply unacceptable?

That's my dilemma when it comes to choosing between "please elect me to something" challenger Bruce Lunsford (D) and four-term incumbent mealy mouth Mitch McConnell (R).

What a choice.


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COLUMN: Judge-executive deserves credit, too

By Ben Carlson

A quick glance at the editorial pages this week reveals just how unhappy some people are with Judge-Executive Steve Cornish.

From his zeal to pass a payroll tax last fall to his recent discussion of charging rent to the Humane Society, Cornish has certainly warranted a fair amount of public scrutiny, not to mention a healthy dose of criticism most weeks from this newspaper. Those issues and others have alienated a good portion of the public and his fiscal court, which consistently challenges him on everything from hiring county employees to setting tax rates.


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COLUMN: A working stiff at heart

By Jay Cason

After a two-month hiatus, I returned to The Anderson News on Monday.

As is frequently the case when one takes an extended break from work, several colleagues couldn't wait to rib me about returning to the daily grind.

"Are you surviving your first day back?" asked one colleague at about noon. "Did you have a hard time getting up this morning?" queried another.


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COLUMN: If Ann comes back, judge, watch out

By Mary Garrison

If Steve Cornish is feeling haunted lately, I know a likely suspect.

The way things have been going between the county judge-executive and the Anderson Humane Society, I'm surprised Ann Garrison hasn't exploded from her place in Lawrenceburg Cemetery and planted herself permanently in Cornish's office.

Decades ago, my mother-in-law founded the local Humane Society on sheer determination. Ann understood our duty as a compassionate society to look out for those among us who are unable to care for themselves.


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