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COLUMN - Plucking feathers from Chicken Little

By Ben Carlson

Thanks to me abusing the power of the press, the judge-executive, mayor, city council and fiscal court can no longer do their jobs.

That is the opening salvo of an awesome letter I received a couple of weeks ago, blaming me for "stymieing" city and county government via my editorials and columns.

I lamented in last week's column that I could not print the letter in its entirety because when I called the supposed author, he denied writing the letter.

Frankly, I believe him and still do.


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Thumbs up, down

By Ben Carlson

A round of atta-boys and raspberries for those who have earned them:

Thumbs up to the Lawrenceburg-Anderson County Economic Development Authority for taking the initiative to survey businesses in an effort to figure out what is needed to get our economic development ball rolling.

The survey, announced Tuesday morning, begins Aug. 10 and a draft of the results is scheduled for release in late September.

Hopefully, this will lead to industry and jobs coming here instead of just the counties surrounding us.


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'Live life until it ends'

By Shannon Brock

Sometimes you need a reminder of just how valuable life is. My reminder came in the form of a man named Stanley Baldwin.

I met Baldwin at the Senior Citizens Center on Monday. He was the subject of an interview for a story that also appears in this issue of our paper.

Long story short, about four years ago Baldwin's kidneys started to fail him, and he's been on dialysis ever since, but instead of getting down about it and moping because of his situation, he prefers to keep a positive outlook on life.


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LETTER: Lunsford protects Kentucky

By The Staff

To the editor:

The Bush administration and the Republican leadership in Congress have taken away the American dream. That is why I'll be supporting Bruce Lunsford for the U.S. Senate.

He has the support of labor unions, which are a driving force in Kentucky politics. He is willing to work with all sides to get things done. Lunsford's agenda is progressive, focusing on universal health care, tax relief for the middle class instead of the wealthy, keeping the estate tax, making college more affordable and ending the war.


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COLUMN: Farewell, Lawrenceburg, it was a great summer

By Katie Saltz

My 10 weeks at The Anderson News were technically up last week, but I simply could not resist the chance to address the people of Anderson County one last time in my final column.

I hope I have provided some food for thought over the summer, or at least conveyed my views clearly and succinctly. But now I am at a total loss of what to say about my experience as a whole.


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LETTER: City thanked for Relay support

By The Staff

To the editor:

We would like to express a public thank-you to Mayor Edwinna Baker and the city of Lawrenceburg for their enormous show of support for the Relay for Life event that took place at the City Park on July 11.

The park was in fantastic shape and many city employees were there well before 7 a.m. on the day of the event, making sure that everything was taken care of.


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LETTER: County remains out of industrial loop

By The Staff

To the editor:

Anderson County has been out of the industrial loop a long time, so the criticism of our local officials is unjust.

Twenty-five years ago a few of us had a meeting with the Franklin County Economic Development committee. It recommended we come home and get six community-spirited business people with a genuine interest in the general welfare of all Anderson Countians and raise the funds to purchase the old Sherwood farm from the Greer brothers.


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EDITORIAL: Taste aside, this is a good idea

By The Staff

The idea of allowing the Anderson County Extension District taxing authority is kind of like eating fried liver: You know it's good for you but boy, does it ever leave a lousy taste in your mouth.

Here's why it's good for you - never mind that it requires a big squeeze from the ketchup bottle and/or a mountain of fried onions to stave off the gag reflex:


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COLUMN: Changes come in groups, or at least pairs

By Shannon Brock

Change. It's something that supposedly none of us like, but it's also inevitable. It's necessary for life to progress and exist, and according to Sheryl Crow, it'll do you good.

But no matter what the songs say and no matter how necessary it is, change can be difficult to deal with if for no other reason than it is what it is.

By definition, change means to "make different" or "cause a transformation" (and if you ask me, the definition should say something about how a single change is impossible because when one thing changes, so do about a million others).


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COLUMN: Five-week hike ends in Virginia

By The Staff

After backpacking about 260 miles over some of the toughest trails I've ever hiked, I decided to leave New England in search of some drier and, much as I hate to admit it, easier trail.

So I headed to northern Virginia to fill in a 40-mile section that also includes a short section of West Virginia. After completing that section, I have now hiked the entire southern half of the 2,170-miles long Appalachian Trail, as well as another 440 miles in New England.


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