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Editorials

  • Redistricting suit puts dirty politics on display
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  • Prescription drug abuse was far from over

    We know bath salts and synthetic marijuana are quickly becoming a problem in Anderson County.
    But what about prescription pills?
    We’ve heard about the “pill mills” in Florida and Georgia, and the unflattering “pillbillies” nickname given to Kentuckians who travel across state lines as pain clinic customers.
    It’s not a new topic, not in the slightest.
    That’s the problem.
    Prescription drugs involve a danger unlike bath salts and synthetic marijuana: recommended human consumption.

  • Lawsuit spells trouble for Anderson library

    It appears the Anderson Public Library has for decades been taxing the public in violation of state law, and the ramifications for doing so could be tremendous.
    A mighty bold statement? You bet, but the facts don’t lie.
    We’ll explain why, but first a little background. The library is funded through what’s called a special taxing district, meaning it appears on your county property tax bill as a separate line item.
    Each year, the boards that oversee the health department and library create budgets and set a tax rate on your property.

  • Fiscal court right, proponents wrong

    Arguing against government intrusion into the lives of its citizens is admirable, and more often than not those airing their grievances have justifiable reasons.
    That wasn’t the case in last week’s effort by a game but off-base group of residents who argued against the fiscal court’s ban on synthetic marijuana and bath salts.
    Those two scourges on our community needed to be banned, and no amount of argument in favor of protecting the rights of people to harm themselves can convince us otherwise.

  • Diversity doesn’t need payment

    When I was in the sixth grade, I got paid for embracing diversity.
    In the interest of full disclosure, it wasn’t real money. Our school’s form of currency was the “Ram Buck,” a pink index card marked with an imprint of our mascot and used to award students for “good” character and behavior.
    Counselors would roam the halls, awarding good Samaritans at random.
    If you packed carrots in your lunch, you got a Ram Buck.
    Bring a book to read during study hall? One Ram Buck.

  • Higher broccoli prices would help save lives

    Column as I see ’em …
    Did you know that every single person who eats broccoli will die?
    It’s absolutely true, as is the case for anyone who eats carrots, peas or even a sweet ear of corn.
    I won’t explain these facts, but if you think about them for a few minutes, you’ll conclude I’m correct.
    No, this isn’t me picking on vegetables, although broccoli is truly disgusting. Instead, it’s to point out the frailties often associated with medical reports.

  • The GOP’s ‘Amazing Race’

    I love reality shows.
    Especially presidential elections.
    For most of us who follow politics, it seems as though we’re beginning an unnecessary fifth season of “The Amazing Race Political Survivor: Iowa and New Hampshire,” not diving into the infancy of the 2012 presidential race.
    I’m already exhausted by the debates, the practiced on-camera smiles and blind predictions for the Republican Party nominee.  
    But somehow, I can’t look away, like one of those bug-eating episodes of “Fear Factor.”

  • Paying public has the right to know

    Column as I see ’em …
    The health board has created a committee to figure out how to financially salvage itself from itself, and it’s with no small amount of frustration that I’m unable to share with you how that process is going.
    When it met last week, the committee promptly went into a closed session, emerged and adjourned without so much as a peep.
    Public agencies have the right to discuss their business in private only when it involves property negotiations, or hiring, firing and disciplining employees.

  • City wise to create travel policy

    “It’s the way we’ve always done it.”
    If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard that response — well, I’d have a lot of nickels.
    I don’t want to make a mountain out of a seemingly insignificant city government oversight.  
    But frankly, I’m surprised city officials thought using the “honor system” in relation to reimbursing its employees was an effective and realistic tradition to uphold.

  • Will 2012 be better? Only time will tell

    Column as I see ’em …
    Agree or disagree with the order in which they appear, or if they should have been on the list at all, the stories that comprise this year’s top 10 certainly show that Anderson County had its share of ups and downs in 2011.