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Columns

  • COLUMN: Mouth guards — equipment to protect the smile

    It’s easy to take some things for granted until they’re suddenly gone. Have you ever thought about how it would feel if you lost one or two of your front teeth? You’d probably avoid smiling. It would be uncomfortable talking with someone face-to-face. It wouldn’t be easy pronouncing certain words. And how about eating an apple? Until your teeth are gone, you might not miss them.

  • COLUMN: City would be wise to join broadband parade

    Now that the South Anderson Water District has allowed a wireless Internet provider to place antennas on its water towers, the city would be wise to consider allowing antennas on its water towers, too.
    Once the water district signs off on the deal, businesses outside of the city will have a distinct advantage over those inside, simply because they have a less expensive, more versatile way to connect their businesses to the world.
    Businesses in the city will remain hostage to hardwire applications, and in this day and age that’s simply not acceptable.

  • COLUMN: My earliest football memories

    The only thing I can remember about the first Super Bowl I ever watched on television is that the Green Bay Packers were a part of it.
    Given my age and the length of Brett Favre’s career, I can also deduce that he was the team’s starting quarterback.
    After some Googling and other modern-day research, I’ve determined that my first Super Bowl memories were developed either in early 1997 or 1998. If I could remember whether the Packers won or lost, that would let me know which year, but I truly have no idea.

  • COLUMN: Local chance to learn about heirloom seeds

    Happy Groundhog Day and happy February. We’re one month closer to spring. As I write this, I have no idea whether Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow or not. He lives in Pennsylvania, home of the Steelers. I can tell you that if the sun came out, he saw his shadow and we’ve got 6 more weeks of winter to endure.

  • COLUMN: New year, new era in Kentucky House

    As the Speaker’s gavel fell on Tuesday, Jan. 4, all 100 members of the Kentucky State House filed into the chamber, waiting to commence the 2011 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

  • COLUMN: If taxing districts killed, merge all you like

    It doesn’t matter to me if merging city and county government would save money.
    Heck, I don’t care if it ends up costing more — well, a little more.
    Merging will be a hands-down winner with me if it accomplishes only one thing: kill the ridiculous taxing districts.
    As painful as it is to read and write, what this county needs more than anything right now is to “redistribute the wealth.” (President Barack Obama, 2008-present).

  • COLUMN: News — no matter the hour

    Wednesday morning my phone rang at 4:59, well ahead of my 7:30 alarm.
    Last Monday morning was much the same story, except the phone rang a little later — 5:26.
    Anderson County students have missed 10 days of school this winter (as of Wednesday night when I wrote this column), so it would be very easy to squeeze in a hyperbole and say this has happened to me 10 times this school year so far. But let’s be honest, sometimes school gets called off the day before.

  • COLUMN: If Richard’s right, only one more snow to come

    As January ends I wanted to remind you of a column I wrote at the beginning of the month. Remember the Poor Richard’s Almanac quote “As many days old as the moon is at the first snow, there will be as many snows before crop planting time?”
    I figured out that according to Poor Richard we should have eight snow events. Dustings don’t count. So, as of today, we’ve had seven events. That leaves only one more to go and that should put a smile on your face. I just hope it holds true.

  • COLUMN: ‘Ask and ye shall receive’ verse lost on state leaders

    I’ve never claimed to have all the answers, but I do have many questions about the world.
    Some involve personal annoyances:
    Why do so many people who go to Walmart enter through the exit doors and exit through the doors clearly marked enter?
    Why is it that so many gas stations now require you to prepay at the pump with your credit card, but then still make you go inside to get the receipt?

  • COLUMN: Precinct moves will benefit disabled

    Column as I see ’em …
    Let’s kick this week off with some kudos for a change.
    Topping the list is a shout out to the board of elections for doing the obvious and moving the remaining polling places from the rural areas into the city.
    I know that isn’t sitting well with some folks who live in the western part of the county and other areas because they now have to drive into town to vote.
    They like the tradition of voting within their own precinct, and have done so since Hector was a pup.