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Editorials

  • 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.

  • No easy answers for monument

    Column as I see ’em …

    A black man I interviewed last week about the appropriateness of the Confederate soldier monument in front of the county courthouse caught me off guard.

    “What do you think should happen to it?” he asked me while I was jotting down his response to the same question.

    I glanced up from my notebook and quickly realized that I had no idea what to say and, as write this column at 3 a.m. Tuesday, I still don’t.

  • Old paper not kind to Bourbon Trail

    Column as I see ’em …

    Did you know Lawrenceburg used to have two newspapers?

    Neither did I until I stumbled across the digital archive of a publication that existed around the turn of the last century oddly titled “It.”

    And let me tell you, “It” was a veritable hoot not only for it’s name but for some of the content “It” included.

  • Bothered by gay marriage? Here’s who’s really to blame

    Column as I see ’em …

    Count me among those disappointed with the Supreme Court’s ruling last week on gay marriage, but not for the reason you might think.

    I held an admittedly obtuse hope that the court would actually do its job and simply declare that the  government has no enumerated Constitutional authority to approve or deny marriage, regardless of sexual preference, and order politicians to start minding their own business.

  • A budget deficit that never was

    The fiscal court’s decision last Tuesday not to borrow $400,000 to balance its budget laid to rest any doubt that there ever was a budget deficit.

    Did the previous fiscal court burn off a large amount of cash putting together a recycling program that was ultimately doomed to fail? Sure it did; no one is questioning that.

    What I am questioning is why there was ever discussion of a deficit in the first place.

  • Outpouring for Kenny was well deserved

    Column as I see ’em …
    First, a little housekeeping.
    I pointed out in last week’s column how, in its new budget, the fiscal court cut about $9,000 from Senior Center funding.
    That’s true but should have included additional context in that the amount the center was given was the amount it asked for, according to Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton.
    It marks the first time I’ve ever heard of a senior center or similar agency asking to have its funding reduced.
    Ever.

  • Outpouring for Kenny was well deserved

    By Ben Carlson, Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …
    First, a little housekeeping.
    I pointed out in last week’s column how, in its new budget, the fiscal court cut about $9,000 from Senior Center funding.
    That’s true but should have included additional context in that the amount the center was given was the amount it asked for, according to Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton.
    It marks the first time I’ve ever heard of a senior center or similar agency asking to have its funding reduced.
    Ever.

  • Deficit or cushion?

    By Ben Carlson, Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …

    I’ve spent the past several weeks trying to decipher just exactly what is going on with the fiscal court’s budget that was formally approved Tuesday morning, and have concluded that the county doesn’t really have a $400,000 deficit.

    When one thinks of a budget deficit, what comes to mind is not having enough money to meet one’s obligations.

  • There’s votes on ‘them there’ roads

    By Ben Carlson, Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …

    If you want to start a dust-up with members of the Anderson County Fiscal Court, just get them debating how to spend road funds.

    We were nearly privy to such an event last Tuesday when Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton called for booting 3rd District Magistrate Juretta Wells out of the process of picking a road for the county’s priority road list, which I’m not sure is even legal.