.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Editorials

  • Help us, Mr. Davis!

    To: Steve Davis, acting commissioner
    of the state Department of Public Health
    From: Worried Anderson County taxpayers

    Dear Mr. Davis;
    We are absolutely thrilled to hear that you will make an appearance during the Anderson County Board of Health meeting, scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Extension building.

  • No reason to oppose unified government

    We’ll find out next Tuesday exactly what those who serve on the city council and fiscal court are made of.
    That’s when both will hold a joint public meeting to hear a presentation on a unified form of government — one that will ostensibly result in a streamlined delivery of services, possibly at a better price.
    The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Stratton building in the county park.

  • Common sense in short supply

    Column as I see ’em …
    Here’s a thought from a reader that makes sense — that is unless the goofy rules handed down from state government are applied.
    I received an e-mail from a reader who requested anonymity but wanted to weigh in on the school district’s decision not to budget to purchase high school text books, allowing instead the school’s site based council (which has no authority to tax but in this case is doing so anyway) to ding each kid $50 as an “instructional fee.”

  • Let’s stop being suckling piglets

    Column as I see ’em …
    As the parent of a high school student who doesn’t receive free or reduced lunches, I’ll grudgingly chip off 50 bucks for the school’s so-called instructional fee, and grumble the entire time I’m writing that check.
    It’s not the $50; it’s the principle behind the idea that sticks in my craw.
    Since the inception of public education there have been two basic tenants: 1. That a public education be provided for free and 2., textbooks are one of the basic necessities for teaching a child.

  • Downs the plant murderer

    Mitt Romney is dying.
    I didn’t intend to kill him. I only wanted to brighten up my new apartment, but I’m slowly torturing the poor guy, watering him one day and leaving him to wilt the next.
    It’s supposed to be difficult to kill geraniums.
    But no plant, not even Mitt Romney the pink geranium, is safe from my black gardener’s thumb.
    It doesn’t matter what party: Republican, Democrat, Communist. Death by my careless hands is the great equalizer when it comes to houseplants.
    Some people keep scrapbooks.

  • No excuses accepted for NASCAR nightmare

    If I hear one more lame apology from the people who “manage” the Kentucky Speedway, I’ll vomit.
    I don’t want apologies for Saturday’s inexcusable traffic nightmare at the track, and I certainly am not interested in hearing about learning curves and arriving early.

  • Dunked and dunked and dunked again

    Column as I see ’em ...
    It took all of three throws from Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway for me to go from brash and cocky to soaking wet.
    After harassing him for several weeks in the paper and insinuating he couldn’t throw straight, Conway was first in line Friday night to shut me up and ensure he was the first to dunk me in the Little League dunking booth during the fair.
    He was far from the only one. Person after person lined up through the night, in part to make me drink my words and in part to help a Little League player with cancer.

  • Sheriff understands how to shop local

    Sheriff Troy Young seeks out my approval about as much as a cat seeks out a bubble bath.
    His approval is the province of the voters, and like you, I get only one vote each four years.
    I do, however, get to comment with regularity on how the keepers of our tax dollars function, and if Rory McIlroy is the new standard-bearer for golf, the sheriff is likewise now the standard-bearer for how to spend our money.

  • Relay gives hope new meaning

    Close your eyes, and picture hope.
    Harder than it reads, isn’t it?
    Hope is a thing intangible, like you’re trying to pin down a wisp of smoke.
    We lose hope, raise hopes, hope against hope. But like its abstract cousins love, jealousy and forgiven ess, it’s easier to say the words than to wrap our minds around exactly what hope is.

  • Time to stop ignoring white-collar crime

    Column as I see ’em …
    The story I wrote this week about the attorneys in the Beasmore trial not having city and county business licenses isn’t meant to embarrass or single them out.
    Instead, it’s to highlight the fact that far too many companies that don’t have offices here skirt the law that requires them to be properly licensed.
    And what really burns my biscuits is that it appears the majority of those practice white-collar professions.