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Columns

  • COLUMN: A message from the heart

    Sometime around 4:30 Saturday afternoon, I checked my Facebook news feed much like I’d done about 50 times already that day, I’m sure.
    Typically, I can’t stand “chain statuses” — the Facebook equivalent of chain letters or e-mails. If it’s “best friend week,” or “pet week,” or “favorite food to eat when you were a fifth-grader week,” I just don’t care. I read just enough for the signal to go off in my head that this thought is unoriginal at best, and I move on.

  • COLUMN: Take advantage of odd November weather

    Who would have thought that we’d have 70-degree days in the middle of November?
    I just can’t figure out Kentucky’s weather and I’ve been trying for the past 14 years. Last year at this time the high was 54, with an average of 44 degrees. The year before that we had a high of 34 degrees. Maybe I brought a little Arizona weather back with me and it just took the scenic route.

  • COLUMN: We need rain, but we don’t need meth

    Column as I see ’em …
    When the lack of rain turned brown the combination of weeds and grass that make up my lawn, I wasn’t particularly pleased.
    When my wife started compensating for the drought by hosing down her precious flowers and such with pricey city water, I edged toward anger.
    But when I hear this getting-to-the-point-of-ridiculous drought has the potential to halt deer season, I was downright steamed.

  • COLUMN: Have you met our new website?

    A member of The Anderson News team just recently underwent a facelift. No, it wasn’t me. And actually, it wasn’t even a human.
    That’s right, our website, www.theandersonnews.com, is looking a lot better these days — and younger, too, I might add.
    While there is always room for improvement, I think you’ll find it much nicer than anything we’ve had before — not to mention it’s a lot more user-friendly.

  • COLUMN: Story hour at library is for adults, too

    In this special edition, I thought it only fitting that I do a special column. It’s no secret that I love books — I’m a firm believer in lifelong learning.
    Lately, we’ve had an ongoing discussion at the library, with those on our strategic plan committees. I’m in the camp that people read for fun, aka recreation.

  • COLUMN: At least some showed to thank our veterans

    Column as I see ’em …
    It’s more than a bit ironic that the percentage of elected public officials who attended Sunday’s Veterans Day ceremony mirrors almost exactly the survival rate of a local vet’s horrifying experience in Korea.
    Get this: There were 40 or so people running for public office on the Nov. 2 ballot, and four (County Clerk Jason Denny, Mayor Edwinna Baker, Jailer Joani Clark and City Councilman Larry Giles) attended the ceremony, which equals around 10 percent.

  • COLUMN: Thankful for the ‘dark ages’

    Don’t you just love that it gets dark at 5:30 p.m. these days?
    Yeah, me neither.
    However, while staring out the office window at the moon at 6 p.m. on a Monday night, I decided not to dwell on that.
    Sure, we all hate that it gets dark so early. It’s no fun to get home from work after the sun sets, but (in the spirit of the upcoming holiday) I’ve decided to compile a list of things I’m thankful for now that Daylight Saving Time has ended.

  • COLUMN: Now’s the time for nesting, hot cocoa and warm food

    Well, we fell back and got a little more daylight, for a time.
    As we move closer to the winter solstice, those few precious hours allow us to get ready for the long, dark nights. It’s amazing how it changes our behavior.
    In the summer, I don’t think twice about popping over to the neighbors at 9 p.m. Shoot, most of us were still outside enjoying the weather and the garden. Now, as the long night moves closer, we’re probably already in our jammies by then.

  • COLUMN: Nasty judge’s race finally comes to end

    Column as I see ’em …
    Between the flat-out lies that have been told and the cowards who have scurried around like disease-spreading rodents attempting to anonymously smear those they don’t like, this judge-executive election was among the nastiest I’ve ever seen.

  • COLUMN: An education celebration

    Friday afternoon I was lucky enough to be invited to a celebration at Emma B. Ward Elementary School.
    I received an invitation to the event in the mail at least a week ahead of time (who doesn’t love advance notification?) and looked forward to attending ever since putting the date in the calendar on my smart phone.