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Editorials

  • Plug in, tweet and be heard

    Can you tell me how we can improve Anderson County in 140 characters or less?
    Now you can.
    Some authors wrote entire novels based on exposure on Twitter.
    Others, like the president, have even held town hall meetings by responding to questions via tweet.
    The Anderson News isn’t looking to write the next Great American novel, or throw a hat into the presidential ring.
    We’re simply offering another chance for readers to become an integral part of the news making process — a few hashtags and sentences at a time.

  • Don’t rejoice yet over low unemployment

    Column as I see ’em …
    The old adage that figures lie and liars figure has never been truer than it is today, especially when it’s the government doing the figuring.
    Each month I receive unemployment data from the state’s office of employment and training, and it’s about as useful as tickets to have watched Louisville play in Monday’s NCAA finals.
    This month’s data claim that unemployment fell in 111 of Kentucky’s 120 counties when comparing this February to last.

  • The things we still carry

    I wonder what I’ll carry when I die.
    Probably my cell phone.
    Obviously, regrets. Maybe a pen or two.  
    Trayvon Martin, 17, was carrying Skittles and a bottle of iced tea.
    And now, the weight of a country more divided on race than we’d like to think.
    In the last few weeks, Martin’s tragic death incited anger against many — the NRA, racism, gun laws, government, police and vigilantes — with few answers to pacify the outrage.

  • Board of health just keeps getting better

    Column as I see ’em …
    Let’s start this week’s column off with some good news for a change, OK?
    One of former health director Brandon Hurley’s biggest supporters on the Anderson County Board of Health is no longer there, I’m happy to report.
    Joy Hoskins, a nurse who works for the state health department, was not reappointed.
    That’s a fact. Of course that wasn’t supposed to be known, so the official word from people in Frankfort who ultimately dodged my questions is that she “resigned.”

  • News versus the machine

    This column is brought to you by robots. Or soon, it could be.
    As Terminator-esque as that sounds, removing humans from the news making process isn’t science fiction.
    It is reality.  
    A start-up company called Narrative Science allows companies grappling with staff layoffs to employ computer software, as opposed to a staff writer, to format statistics and scores and even create their own angles for an article.  

  • Still want to spread Hurley around, doc?

    Column as I see ’em …
    While writing a news story this week about the financial foolishness that has been uncovered by the new interim health director, I couldn’t help but recall what our old buddy Dr. Steve Davis said about the previous health director.
    You remember Davis, right? He’s the interim state health director (God and Gov. Beshear know why, but I certainly don’t) who has some sort of man-crush on former Anderson County health director Brandon Hurley.

  • Stay classy, not trashy

    I met Anderson County on Wildcat Road.
    My father’s GPS decided to take us by this road less traveled by, and I won’t say that it made all the difference in choosing to move to Kentucky, but it was definitely my first glimpse at my new home.
    That bumpy gravel road didn’t offer a smooth, comfortable ride.
    It offered a lush jungle of green forests and gurgling creeks, a sore sight for eyes overloaded with endless fields of cows and corn.

  • No easy answers for domestic abuse

    While reporting on the murder last Monday afternoon on Ballard Road, I’ve had several folks who know say there was no shortage of domestic problems at that residence.
    I have no reason to doubt them. Any man who would allegedly shoot and kill the woman he was supposed to love and then point a gun at her daughter and grandson is certainly capable of less lethal forms of abuse before finally flipping his lid.
    It’s a tragedy, but one that plays itself out all too often in today’s pill- and alcohol-fueled world.

  • Time for a refresher course

    If you’re not too dizzy from the shift in damaging winds, hail and tornadoes to snowball-perfect winter weather, it may be a good time to catch up.
    Breaking news is important, but so is catching up on Anderson County news that has continued to change and evolve beyond what is initially reported.
    Let’s take this opportunity to catch our breath and recall some temporarily forgotten stories from just a few months ago.

    City travel and training policy

  • Best way to deal with an annoying boss

    The next time the person who signs your paycheck pesters you with questions, do the following:
    1. Don’t respond.
    2. Say you won’t be available to answer any questions “until next Thursday.”
    If he or she sends me an email, ignore it.
    If he or she calls, pretend you’re not in and then ignore that little flashing light on your phone when they leave you a voicemail.