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Editorials

  • Go right ahead and occupy

    It’s catchy.
    “I am the 99 percent.”
    Born well after the era of rallies in the ‘60s and ‘70s, I’ve never seen or experienced a protest first hand.
    I tend to protest with my pen or my mouth, and not necessarily with marching or picket signs.
    Occupy Wall Street, for those of you not on the frontlines of New York’s Liberty Plaza or knowledgeable about its grassroots campaign across the United States, is defined as a leaderless movement protesting alleged Wall Street greed.

  • Ignorance does not equal bliss

    There is an old adage that says those who don’t bother to vote shouldn’t complain when politicians make decisions they don’t like.
    The same goes for those who refuse or don’t bother to read their local newspaper.
    Twice during the past two weeks some who live on Harry Wise Road have said during fiscal court meetings that they weren’t fully aware of circumstances surrounding a developer’s desire to build a subdivision there because “not all of us take The Anderson News.”

  • Standardized drowning

    Our students keep drowning in the shallow end of the education pool.
    Then again, shallow learning is often all we expect.  
    No Child Left Behind, the legislative leviathan of test scores and achievement rubrics, has been deemed broken by both Kentucky state education commissioner, our local superintendent and Anderson County’s instructional supervisor.
    For good reason.
    NCLB standards are next to impossible to please. Essentially, school progress is measured pass/fail so that schools must reach 100 percent in reading and math, or perish.

  • Cook-off response proved me wrong

    A burgoo cook-off during the Burgoo Festival wouldn’t work. It had been tried and failed, but it sure is a nice thought.
    That’s the essence of what I was told when I first started pitching the idea a couple of months ago.
    So with the support of a handful of people as eager as I to champ at the bit when told they can’t do something, we held the cook-off Saturday during the Burgoo Festival anyway, and boy were we wrong.

  • It’s time to pick a Constitutional fight

    It’s time to take a stand, dear readers, against the usurpers in state government who hand down toothless, unconstitutional dictates on how we, as a county, govern ourselves.
    For months our city council and fiscal court have bounced around the idea of merged government, with the main impetus being to reign in what are clearly unconstitutional taxing districts that have no direct accountability to the people of Anderson County.

  • Failing grade for Kentucky Utilities

    We’ll give credit to Kentucky Utilities for owning up to the problem with its contracted meter reader (see A1), but the credit stops there.
    At a minimum, the thousands of people affected by this ridiculous foul-up should have received some sort of warning from the company, along with a letter in their September bills that spelled out their payment options.
    What they received, though, were incredibly high electric bills with no explanation of why they went up so much, or what customers could do about it.

  • Carlson’s take on home-schoolers playing public sports just wrong

    Ben Carlson is my boss, but when it comes to whether home-schooled children should be allowed to play sports on school teams, he’s just wrong.
    A week ago, Carlson penned a column asking what would it hurt if children whose parents have opted to educate their children at home instead of in a public or private school were allowed to play interscholastic sports.

  • Growing up with 9/11

    At 12, I preferred to color between the lines.
    I was probably darkening my doodled, misshapen stars in my notebook when my seventh grade teacher received the call.
    He rushed out of the room, and rushed back in to turn on the loop of a plane, a tower and a TV screen full of smoke.
    As a 12-year-old, my post-9/11 world still rotated around the typical routine: after school snacks, play rehearsal, church on Sundays.
    I couldn’t predict that my world, by 2011, would be in danger of tilting off its axis.

  • Lack of 9/11 event here a real shame

    Column as I see ’em …
    The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks weren’t atop my mind Sunday morning as I cruised down North Main while trying to finish my weekend honey-do list.
    Why would it be? Not one public agency in Anderson County had planned a memorial service or otherwise — at least that they bothered to tell the newspaper about.

  • Don’t talk the talk if you can’t walk the walk

    Patience is not my virtue.
    I’m guessing it’s not yours, either.
    Time is precious, or so our strict schedules and ringing smart phones tell us.
    A typical nightmare for me: a never-ending line at the airport terminal with nothing to read.
    Honestly, that scares me more than Norman Bates or Freddy Krueger.  
    Parking downtown, however, isn’t exactly the Nightmare on Main Street that I’ve heard about.