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By Bria Granville

On being soldiers and fathers

Many men can be fathers, but not all can handle being in the military and maintaining a family.
Families with fathers in the military must endure a great amount of fear for the one serving, but appreciation for what they are doing.
The children who live the uncertain military lifestyle can become more resilient as they must patiently wait for mom or dad to return.
With Father’s Day approaching, we recognize and celebrate the some of those fathers who are not just known as heroes to the many Americans they help protect, they are also known as dad.


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‘Glass mountain’: beautiful or dangerous?

By Meaghan Downs

A meth lab burned down.
Firefighters set the fire to practice for future blazes in the industrial park.
Tim Hostetler, the operations manager at Dlubak Glass Co., in Lawrenceburg, has heard both rumors as the reasons behind the recycling plant’s massive fire May 3.
He’s heard other descriptions of “glass mountain” in the past 12 years he’s worked for the Dlubak Glass Co.:
Eyesore.
Diamonds.
And especially this conversation topic:
What will happen if a tornado ripped through glass mountain?


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Search for .22 round a living nightmare

By Ben Carlson

It was common when I was in high school for me to dig deep for milk money and pull several loose .22 rounds out of my pants pocket while sorting my change.
The lunch lady at the cash register didn’t run away screaming and the local police department’s version of a S.W.A.T. team didn’t storm the building.
It was a fact in our rural little town that boys (and a fair number of girls) had and used guns. Seeing them hanging from racks in the rear windows of their trucks parked outside the school building was as unremarkable as it was commonplace.


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The Beatles, robots and helping people

By Meaghan Downs

Robots could lead lost Alzheimer’s patients to their rooms with a little help from the Beatles.
“We discovered music helped seniors regain some of their memory,” Quetzal Velasco told me at the Extension building Monday afternoon.
Quetzal is not an engineer.  She’s not an Alzheimer’s disease specialist.
She is 15, and a member of the local LEGO Legends team that programs robots through workshops (there are several coming up this summer) and competitions to help solve real problems.


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Explanation of new school job simply laughable

Coffee maker little help for needy kids

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
Raise your hand if you think it’s acceptable to use tax dollars to feed a hungry child.
OK, now raise your hand if you think it’s acceptable to use tax dollars to clothe that child.
Now raise your hand if you’re OK with using tax dollars to purchase that child’s parents a coffee maker.
Hmm. Didn’t think so.
Those who didn’t raise their hand on the coffee pot question won’t like what they’re about to read.


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Wishing Anderson County, and myself, a happy anniversary

By Meaghan Downs

Inserted in your newspaper this Wednesday are the traditional two-year anniversary gifts: cotton and china.
Not really.
Please don’t go searching for cotton tufts or delicate china dishes tucked behind your sports section.
Unless we have unusual coupons for all of our readers this week, they’re not there.
Saturday marks my two-year anniversary of working at The Anderson News.
In the lifespan of the average toddler raging through his terrible 2’s, I’ve learned to make Lawrenceburg and The Anderson News my home.


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Conway’s glare worth weight in gold

Trustees’ pay raise histrionics ridiculous

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
Library trustees Amy Kennedy and Katie Hutton need to take a deep breath and calm down.
Or at least log onto this newspaper’s website and read what I’ve actually written instead of what they apparently think I have.
Their histrionics during last Tuesday night’s library board meeting about getting “slayed” in the newspaper after voting to give library employees a pay increase was, to be kind, unfortunate. To be not so kind, ridiculous.


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Previously, on amateur wrestling ...

By Meaghan Downs

I attended Wildcat Championship Wrestling for the first time about a month ago.
Might as well been four years ago.
Forget British period dramas with swooning orchestral soundtracks.
Forget Grey’s Anatomy.
Try following the soap operatic dramas of amateur wrestling.
You miss one Saturday of Lawrenceburg wrestling, you’ve missed pages of plot.
Amateur wrestling flits from storyline to storyline, with the motivations of characters with names like TJ Lightning and Black Rain constantly changing.


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Do mom and dad or government know what’s best?

By Ben Carlson

A philosophical debate is shaping up as class action lawsuits against public libraries continue to spread across Kentucky.
The overarching question is fairly simple, and goes something like this: Should taxpayers, with an assist from fiscal courts, have the power to control library tax rates, or should that be left to those smart enough to actually understand how important libraries actually are?


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The best grad speech you will never hear

By Meaghan Downs

“Teddy Roosevelt is my favorite president,” I said to the soon-to-be college graduate sitting across from me.  “I visited his house once.”
Teddy Roosevelt’s home on Long Island, NY, is stuffed with books as well as a frightening grizzly bear looming in frozen growl over small elementary student visitors.
The museum was both terrifying and fascinating to a fourth grader with career aspirations of becoming a pioneer and creating her own head cheese.    


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