• Time for trains to get out of town

    Column as I see ’em …

    Trains, specifically ones that travel through Lawrenceburg, are a pain right in the butt.

    It never seems to fail. You’re in a hurry to somewhere and, sure enough, a stopped or nearly stopped train is blocking each the city’s main thoroughfares.

    We’ve all been through it. You’re running late and a train is blocking Court Street, Woodford Street and Main Street all at the same time and, if you’re really unfortunate, the crossing on Bond Lillard, too.

  • We’re doing just fine, thank you

    Column as I see ’em …

    Being that those reading this newspaper are the ones paying the bills around here, I figured the onset of National Newspaper Week (Oct. 4-10) is the perfect time to give you a state of your newspaper address of sorts.

    Unlike politicians who spin a lot of misery into fool’s gold, I’ll simply stick to the facts and get to it.

  • Lack of respect coming from the top

    This column puts me at risk of fulfilling my 15-year-old’s belief that I’m just a crotchety, middle-aged guy who doesn’t understand today’s youth.

    Too bad.

    Over the past several months I’ve produced a rash of news articles about young people shooting off their filthy mouths at police officers, judges and court officials, the latest on A1 of this week’s paper.

  • Better a tax on booze than my back yard

    Column as I see ’em …

    My knee-jerk reaction to the city’s creation of a new tax on alcohol sales was just that, a knee-jerk reaction.

    That’s not uncommon for people like me who look at every new tax as yet another insult to my wallet by those who have insulted me quite enough, thank you.

  • Stopping trucks on Hwy 151 can be done

    Column as I see ’em …

    One of these days you’re going to pick up a copy of this newspaper and read all about how a family was killed when a tractor-trailer plowed through their home on Graefenburg Road — aka State Highway 151 — in Alton.

    It nearly happened last week when gas tanker plowed through five yards and miraculously didn’t explode when it struck a tree.

  • Would they look a dying man in eye?

    If my father lives long enough to make his annual trek to Lawrenceburg later this year, I’d like to introduce him to Gov. Beshear.

    Actually, I’d rather introduce him to Beshear and President Obama to see if either are man enough to look a dying man in the eye and still claim the health insurance scheme cooked up by Obama and endorsed by Beshear isn’t at least partly to blame.

    My guess is no.

  • Flag removal shows Gritton’s leadership

    Column as I see ’em …

    Sometimes I wonder if politicians really know what’s in store for them when they throw their metaphorical hats into the ring.

    Take Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton. When he decided to run for office, it’s a safe bet to say that the last thing he thought he’d be dealing with was same-sex marriage, let alone angst over a monument that has stood in front of the county courthouse since before anyone reading this column was born.

  • Tourism doesn’t yet deserve more money

    Column as I see ’em …

    When former judge-executive John Wayne Conway gets this newspaper in the mail, it’s a good bet he’ll just shake his head when he reads that the fiscal court has taken the first step toward merging with the city council on tourism.

  • Athletic fee is yet another income tax

    Column as I see ’em …

    I’ve stayed out of the dust-up regarding the school board’s decision to start charging student athletes a fee to play a sport.

    Until now, that is.

    Like the $50 instructional fee parents of high school students who don’t receive free or reduced lunches are “required” to pay, the fee to play sports is optional.

    That’s right, it’s optional, but don’t expect to hear or read that anywhere else.

  • Flush-with-cash library to be just fine

    Column as I see ’em …

    Let’s start this week off by drilling a little more deeply into the library board’s decision to spend $4 million on an 8,000 square foot expansion project, not to mention the funky, if not wholly improper, way the final decision was made.

    First the good news. Those gnashing their teeth over the prospect of seeing a tax increase due to this expansion can chill. The library has about $2.6 million in reserve funds, which is more than the city council, fiscal court, school district and health department combined.