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Editorials

  • 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.

  • It’s all about the children, sort of

    What would it hurt for children schooled at home to play athletics in the public schools?
    There certainly are plenty of rules that forbid that from happening here in Kentucky, and legal decisions from the courts to back them up, so spare me the usual oatmeal responses, please.
    Instead, answer the question as posed and tell me what it would actually hurt?

  • Ripy House: Love at first sight

    I’ve fallen in love with a house.
    If I were a proper member of my generation, I would be in a serious relationship with my iPhone, not besotted with the T.B. Ripy House.
    Not the most conventional match, I know.
    As a part of my series on downtown Lawrenceburg, a tour of the only historic landmark designated by the historic district commission — a group looking to preserve a swath of Main Street residences and business— seemed essential.
    I don’t delight in the spoils of a war between a house and the wear and tear of time.

  • I’ll be the judge of what is fair

    Column as I see ’em …
    Before reading this, please take a moment to read the leadoff letter to the editor next door.
    Wasn’t that great? That is, hands down, the best letter I’ve received this year.
    The writer makes some interesting arguments, including that Anderson County and the City of Lawrenceburg would be better served were I in charge of everything. After all, who better to run everything than the person who knows everything about everything?

  • Waiting to fix taxing districts not an option

    Taxpayers can’t afford to wait what could be five years to fix what Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway accurately describes as the county’s “out-of-control” taxing districts.
    During last Tuesday’s meeting of the city council and fiscal court, our elected officials made the first step in what will be a five-year process of merging together. (See story, A1.)

  • Where, exactly, is Anderson County’s pride?

    I went to the Kentucky State Fair on Saturday.
    Freddy Farm Bureau was sitting in that same spot on the right side of the main entrance to Freedom Hall where he has talked to kids for more than 50 years. And he still wears size 31 shoes.
    You can still get those unbelievably good boneless pork chop sandwiches, corn dogs and funnel cakes just about everywhere you look. In the West Wing, rows and rows of cattle from all over Kentucky and surrounding states were lined up, just as they have been since the current fairgrounds opened in 1956.