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Columns

  • Fire board abusing the public’s trust

     

  • Work continues to fix pension woes

    Over the course of the past few days, I have heard from many of you who have shared your thoughts and concerns with regard to our public pension systems.

    I realize that the recommendations that were submitted last week to the General Assembly by the consulting group who reviewed our retirement systems were troubling and unsettling. I know that there are many of you who have dedicated many years of public service to our communities and our state.

  • Confederate monument has to go

    White supremacists incited deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia last month in defense of a Confederate monument.

    We must show the country that Lawrenceburg gives no safe harbor to such hatred.

    We must remove the Confederate monument on the Anderson County Courthouse lawn in Lawrenceburg. 

  • Drury’s roach comments remarkably irresponsible

    Column as I see ’em …

    Does Saffell Street Elementary School really have a cockroach problem?

    It does according to school board chairperson Donna Drury.

    During a public hearing to raise property taxes last week, Drury alarmingly recounted a visit to the school that she said resulted in her having bugs in her hair and crawling all over her, before doubling down on that nightmare by saying students are bringing cockroaches home in their backpacks. (See A1).

  • Taxpayers facing sticker shock this fall

    Column as I see ’em …

    If public hearings on tax increases by the school board and county fire district go as planned, county residents are going to be in for some serious sticker shock when their tax bills arrive in the mail this fall.

    The fire district’s plan to raise its tax rate 28 cents, coupled with the school district’s increase of 19 cents, means taxes on a $100,000 home will increase nearly $50 this year alone.

  • Praying, but not necessarily for Trump

    I recently received this note from a Methodist pastor.

    “I could assume you are one of the democratic Trump-haters in which case the president can do nothing that would please you. I am sorry you feel the way you do and that you would consider publishing such a mean piece about our president. I do not know you so this is not an attack on your person. I wonder how such a beautiful lady (picture) could have such ‘bad’ thoughts. Why don’t you join many of us in praying for our president and national leaders?”

  • Limiting weaning stress for beef cattle

    Weaning is usually a stressful time of year for calves. Limiting weaning stress in beef calves can increase their daily gain. Calves often experience four types of stress: physical, environmental, nutritional and social.

    You can help them avoid or minimize these with proper management.

  • Don’t let the end of another beautiful summer pass you by

    It’s always a surprise to see the end of the month. One week just rolls on into the next and before you know it a new month is here.

    I am in full-bore canning mode and planning mode. I’ve got lots of processing left to do in the kitchen and my brain just keeps going outside to all the possibilities.

  • Plums perfect for desserts, entrees

    It’s almost apple season but I’m not ready for fall yet. This year I’m already thinking about mastering the art of the cider doughnut but not until plum season is over.

  • Are local monument’s days numbered?

    Like it or not, the Confederate soldier statue in front of our glorious old county courthouse is an endangered species.

    Like nearly every social construct or traditional value, monuments to those who fought on the losing end of the Civil War are and will continue to be under withering assault from those who loathe our nation’s founding, and in particular, its founders.

    No pun intended, but those radicals are like patience on a statue, and are relentless in their incremental approach to force the changes they want.