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ACLU works for, not against, religious freedom

To the editor:
In last week’s letters to the editor, Jerry Salyer claims the ACLU’s “ultimate goal is to purge Kentucky life of the very faith upon which it was built.”
This quote may be found on the ACLU-Kentucky website at https://www.aclu.org/religion-belief.


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Going west for one last summer road trip adventure

By Meaghan Downs

Stephanie Blackwell’s vision of California is desert and Hollywood.
She sees flat, open spaces.
Of course, Blackwell’s never seen California, only heard about Great Aunt Bertie’s orange grove and almond trees, the garden and maybe geese at Bertie’s home in Selma, Calif.
But after a late summer road trip spanning more than 2,000 miles, an estimated $1,000 budget for gas and about 10 states, California will be her new home for Blackwell and her son, William Smith, age 9 almost 10.


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From the education desk: Bibles, ACT and attendance

By Meaghan Downs

I look pretty good in hats.
And I wear a few of them: features writer, page designer, city government beat reporter and amateur expert in how to cover the Fair and Horse Show pageants.
In this week’s column, I’ll put on the hat I reserve for education news (not sure what kind of literal hat that would be, but you can use your imagination) in a quick round-up of some interesting education news from the last few weeks.

God isn’t dead even if we may not be able to pass out Bibles in school


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By Alex Chesser

Nothing ‘decent’ about Herndon’s column

I became enraged as I read [sports editor] John Herndon’s column entitled “What happened to decency?” concerning the recent bill passed in California that protects transgender students’ right to choose the gendered sport and locker room that matches their gender identity.


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Tweaks needed but chamber of commerce did work city, county government wouldn’t

Sign ordinance has major, minor flaws

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
It’s a shame that after years of effort and no small amount of compromise the new sign ordinance being proposed by the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce does absolutely nothing to fix the current ordinance’s fatal flaw.
Not that the chamber could do a thing about that flaw, which is simply that two zoning boards of adjustments — one city, one county — can override the ordinance at will by granting waivers.


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Documenting the county in 24 hours

By Meaghan Downs

I must be insane to be standing here, taking a photo of the courthouse at 12:45 a.m.
Let’s be clear here: I am not a night owl.
The night, even last Saturday night with its sleepy August cricket chirps and lingering smoke of dinner barbecues, does not appeal to me.
You will not find me conscious at midnight, sitting outside on a porch on a warm summer night to contemplate life after all the lights have been snuffed out except for the moon.
I like sleep. I love sleep.


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A father’s conversation about race

By John Herndon

I recently had a very serious talk with my 12-year-old daughter.

We were driving to Louisville on US 60, west of Simpsonville, when I pulled into what is now known as the Whitney Young Job Corps Center.

Fifty years ago, however, it was simply known as Lincoln Institute.

We didn’t get out of the car, just drove around the campus while I told her how Lincoln Institute existed as a school for African-American children because most communities would not allow them to attend the local schools.


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Lawrenceburg mom’s going back to school, too

By Meaghan Downs

I can tell you exactly what high school senior Emily Gritton will be eating tonight: a steak dinner with potatoes and a “Malone’s restaurant style” salad.
Emily’s mother, Crystal Gritton, said Monday that she makes her two daughters, Emily and Whitney, their favorite foods for dinner to celebrate the first day of school.
Emily will be in the kitchen do the same for her mom on Aug. 29, the first day of classes for Crystal at the University of Kentucky.


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School board’s anti-tax rhetoric becoming laughable

Facts hard to find on pipeline issue

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
In retrospect, it’s not at all difficult to see why a representative of the company proposing the Bluegrass Pipeline opted out of attending last Tuesday’s special called meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.
One person at that meeting, for one brief moment, spoke out of lockstep with the crowd and was immediately and thoroughly drowned out in opposition — even after he said he isn’t in favor of the pipeline.


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City’s credit card receipts? Nothing to see here

By Meaghan Downs

We (by we, I mean The Anderson News) get many requests to look into spending in local governments and other taxing districts.  
Some of these concerns are warranted (the fiscal court allowing the purchase of Creatine for inmates is a notable and recent example).
And we’ve gotten several requests to research Walmart credit card receipts.
So we did.


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