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Editorials

  • Answering unanswered historic district questions

    Usually, I ask the questions.
    This time, however, I thought I’d attempt to answer objectively some of the questions that came up during the historic district commission public hearing Dec. 6.
    After speaking with members of the commission, as well as with representatives from the Bardstown historic district and the Kentucky Heritage Council, these are the answers I received:

    Q: Who is included?

  • For some, stress trumps Christ during Christmas

    Column as I see ’em …
    Tony Soprano’s psychiatrist once told the sob-sister mobster that Christmas, for some, is more aptly named “Stress-mas.”
    His shrink was apparently correct because it appears people will do nearly anything to make sure they have presents under the tree.
    Check out this week’s front page story about a lady who searched all summer to find just the right baby Jesus doll for the manger in her front yard only to have it stolen.

  • Students ignite journalism fire

    To be a journalist is like being on fire.  
    Extinguish one flame — deadlines, disgruntled readers or writer’s block — and more start to smolder in its place.
    I’ve toured a prison and endured its pat-down policy, been essentially banned from a senior center, and had my student newspaper pulled from the racks for publishing a story about an Ecstasy drug bust on campus.
    So it’s nice to remind myself sometimes why I voluntarily chose this profession.
    All it took was another newspaper.

  • Time for Gov. Beshear to reign in health cabal

    Column as I see ’em …
    Now that he has been comfortably re-elected, perhaps Gov. Beshear will take a moment and throw a rope around those in his health cabinet who can’t seem to keep their meddling noses out of Anderson County’s business.
    Our 12-person health board, which consists of the county’s CEO and members with more degrees than a thermometer is perfectly capable (these days, at least) of making decisions without interference from state health officials.

  • Your attendance is requested

    I’m an expert in attending meetings.
    And you should be, too.  
    Contrary to common knowledge, things happen at those public meetings.
    I know that’s a pretty big shock. You might want to sit down for a moment.
    Money exchanges hands, new policies and ordinances up for review and passage.
    I should know. I write about them.

  • Bad apples spoiling Southwestern’s barrel

    Column as I see ’em …
    Somerset, home of the Southwestern football team Anderson spanked so badly Friday night to advance to the state finals, is apparently home to a few rather sore losers.
    It was bad enough that one of Southwestern’s assistant coaches had to be booted out for mouthing off to a referee, but he really went over the top when he apparently flipped the bird to Anderson fans while leaving the field.
    Who does he think he is? Jets coach Rex Ryan?

  • Spotting the Wienermobile on the Bourbon Trail

    This isn’t bat country.
    It’s Wienermobile country.
    Much like native son Hunter S. Thompson, I thought some sort of hallucination had started to take hold when I saw a 27-foot hot dog car from my driver’s seat.
    Thanks to a tip from a reader who first spotted the vehicle, I learned about life on the road from behind the wheel of a hot dog.
    For “hotdoggers” and Wisconsinites Kylie Hodges and Dylan Hackbarth, Oscar Mayer hot dogs paved the way for their year-long road trip with the Wienermobile.

  • Delivering results that are just too good

    I bumped into a frustrated fellow Monday night who wanted a help wanted ad he purchased pulled from this week’s paper.
    Seems the ad, which ran last week for a minimum wage, temporary position, had generated so many phone calls that his phone was ringing almost non-stop.
    “I can’t take it anymore,” he said. “Just today we’ve received 40 calls.”
    I told the fellow I’d do what I can to oblige even though it was well past our normal advertising deadline.

  • The grand experiment

    Once, there was a grand experiment.
    Psychologists ushered a person into a little room with a one-way mirror and a simple switchboard.
    Levers indicated electric shock levels from low to debilitating.  
    The man in the white lab coat offered basic instructions: read questions to the man or woman you can’t see behind the mirror.
    For each wrong answer, buzz them with an electric shock.
    The more wrong answers, the more intense the current.  

  • UK mishandling sports reporters

    George Orwell’s 1949 tome on political repression, “1984,” told of Oceania, a fictional society ruled by Big Brother that bugged the phones of its citizens and practiced strict mind control.
    Orwell would have loved the University of Kentucky, the publicly funded institution that recently banned the Kentucky Kernel, its independent campus newspaper, from covering its annual invitation-only media day.