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Editorials

  • Here’s why Tim is the ‘Wright’ man for the job

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …

    I can hear them now, the handful people who actually supported a new health department building a few years ago, wising off about how history has proved them correct and me and thousands like me wrong about how unnecessary that building was.

    For those who missed the story on A1, the health department is opening a family care clinic next month that will solve the dilemma of where Medicaid patients can receive care, as well as being open to the privately insured.

  • Local business pivotal to building tourism

    Well, it seems the Anderson County Tourism Commission is committed to rising from the ashes of the previous tourism commission. That’s good. It will never get anywhere whining and bellyaching about the position it’s in now. Just move full steam ahead.

    There seems to be a handful of people on the commission who really want to make this work. Strides were made to elect leadership in the commission with Pam Brough, president of the chamber of commerce, nominated as the tourism commission chairperson.

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  • Homeownership brings visions of the movie ‘The Money Pit’

    Recently, my husband and I purchased a house in Frankfort. It’s a cute little house that was built in the ‘70s with room for our family to eventually grow, but lately small household repairs and moving has me feeling like a character in the movie “The Money Pit.”

  • City’s restaurant tax still a very bad idea

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …

    The old saw that when the cat’s away the mice will play is sadly all too true.

    After spending years beating back the misguided notion that taxing restaurants will somehow attract tourists — who doesn’t want to pay more for food? — those bent on some kind of a weird restaurant tax caliphate quickly got up to their old tricks not long after I left this job in February for one in New Mexico.

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  • Save bucks this winter by canning your own veggies

    It’s “close” outside, as Grandma would say. Close is the term she used for humid. I have no idea why, but it does feel like someone wrapped you in a damp towel. I will be glad when the humidity drops, but not the temperature.

  • Is a three-day workweek feasible?

    Carlos Sims, the second richest man in the world, recently advocated for a global three-day workweek at a conference in Paraguay. Though the concept of a shorter workweek isn’t new, Sims’ comments have opened up an ongoing debate of Americans being overworked.

    Under Sims’ proposal, employees would work 11-hour shifts, making the work total 33 hours.

    “Four days off would be very important to generate new entertainment activities and other ways of being occupied,” Sims was quoted in The Washington Post.

  • Get Well, Senator Ford

    I am one of those guys that writes my congressman.

    No, I don't write about everything that comes up, but every so often some current issue, personal interaction with the government or proposed legislation prompts me to sit down at the computer and type out a few hundred words. Usually after giving it a day or so to rehash in my mind, I give the post office some change and send it on.