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School district should live within its means

We’re hoping that the Anderson County Board of Education already knew it had spent $660,000 more than it took in during the 2012-13 budget.
We doubt it, though, and are fairly certain it took an auditor to let board members know.
If the board knew it was spending so far beyond its income level, why didn’t that problem come up even once earlier this year when board members discussed the district’s budget?


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To be heard by the men, she spoke through a man

By Meaghan Downs

The Roman Catholic priest called, the sing-song lilt of his voice heard through the telephone:
“So, what are we going to suggest today?” he asked her, the usual conversation necessary before the next committee meeting.
Retired Disciples of Christ minister Pat Yates, sitting at her kitchen table last Friday afternoon, said her ideas on Christian education would only be heard if spoken through the mouth of her friend, a Roman Catholic priest also serving on a committee to develop programs for inner-city youth in Ohio.


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Gaines case a black eye for legal system

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
I’ll bet you’re curious about this photo, and I’ll get to that in a moment, but first let me say how disappointed I am that the fellow charged with drunk hunting and wanton endangerment has pleaded guilty instead of standing trial.
David Gaines, a Lawrenceburg man who in my view was railroaded into this mess, pleaded out on three Class D felony counts and in essence now admits to shooting in the direction of other hunters earlier this year in a dove field.


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Blood, letters and tears

By Meaghan Downs

My sister cried into my coat early Monday morning.
The frost on her windshield hadn’t melted, so we puffed goodbyes outside into the cold air as her car purred low while it warmed.  
I only knew she cried by the quivering sound of her words muffled into the thick, green fabric of my shoulder as she hugged me goodbye.
You see I prefer no eye contact when I say goodbye to people, because as everyone knows, tears are highly contagious.


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Magistrates make wise but tough decisions on roads

Fiscal court saves taxpayers millions

By Ben Carlson

With a pair of unanimous votes last Tuesday morning, the Anderson County Fiscal Court saved taxpayers here and across Kentucky $1 million.
OK, that’s probably not accurate. It’s more likely that those two votes save taxpayers several million dollars in the coming years by simply doing the right thing.
The first vote was about the county’s 120-plus miles of so-called orphan roads, the second about making developers honor their commitments.


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Turner first grade students offer news fit to print

By Meaghan Downs

First graders are champions of the non sequitur.
They’ve perfected the art of the artless transition. One minute, you could be asking them what they think the tools of being a reporter are.
The next, they’re describing the most efficient and safest way to enter a burning building.
Since I cover education for The Anderson News, I’m in and out of schools fairly often, but unfortunately, I don’t often spend unlimited time with students.


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Harold Todd is no Tea Party whack-job

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em ...
Lawrenceburg’s Harold Todd might light a candle before the altar of Tea Party darling Sen. Ted Cruz each night before going to bed, but I doubt it.
Yet a column by Al Smith in Sunday’s edition of the Lexington “Herald-Leader” would lead readers to believe that anyone associated with the lawsuits against several Kentucky libraries is a Cruz-loving Tea Partier bent on wreaking havoc on America — or at least Kentucky’s stable of authors.


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$1M healthcare question

By Meaghan Downs

Ben, the man pictured directly above me on this page, recently handed me a news article about $1 million.
Turns out that during a recent school board meeting in Woodford County, the Woodford County school board learned they could face $1 million in Affordable Care Act or Obamacare penalties if it failed to offer adequate health insurance to those full-time employees working 30 hours a week.


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Here’s how to avoid ‘Unaffordable Care Act’ tax penalities

Medicaid flourishing here, not Obamacare

By Ben Carlson

Uh oh. That was my takeaway after watching Gov. Steve Beshear’s appearance Sunday on “Meet the Press.”
Paraded out by Democrats looking for something, anything positive to say about Obamacare, Beshear was supposed to trumpet how well Kentucky has done signing up people for the controversial health tax (yes, I said tax, not law, and point to the Supreme Court decision to back it up).
Beshear did an admirable job spouting that there have been roughly 25,000 sign-ups and heralding the state’s ability to create a website that actually works.


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Chewing on news leftovers

By Meaghan Downs

A little known fact about me — I am the queen of leftovers.
Endless possibilities leave me paralyzed, gnawing on a block of cheddar cheese because I’m too overwhelmed by choice to cook a proper meal for myself.
Give me an almost bare pantry, and I can whip up something pretty delicious.
OK, that adjective should probably be “edible,” not delicious.
Consider this week’s column an exercise in leftovers: the last week’s tidbits layered in an informational news sandwich.
Great. Now I’m hungry.


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