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Editorials

  • Taxpayers deserve squeaky clean audit

    Last Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting served as the perfect example of why Anderson County continues to receive remarkably poor state audits (see A1).
    During a routine vote to approve budget transfers, Magistrate David Ruggles questioned why some figures being proposed by Treasurer Dudley Shryock didn’t appear to add up.
    Shryock tried several times to explain what was being proposed, but Ruggles simply didn’t understand what he was talking about.

  • Wants trump needs with proposed swimming facility

    Your home needs a new roof, but you want a new fishing boat.
    Your car needs new tires, but you want the latest pair of designer shoes.
    Your child needs braces to straighten her crooked front teeth, but you want to continue buying that six-pack of Bud every night — the cumulative effect of which would cover monthly payments on the braces.
    And so it goes, mankind’s eternal struggle between eating ice cream or broccoli.

  • Obey meeting rules or move along

    Last week’s illegal meeting of a health board committee, however brief, reeks of an attempt to avoid obeying state statutes that govern open meetings.
    Those involved can contend that’s not true, but the evidence suggests otherwise.
    First, the director told this newspaper point blank nearly a month ago that it would not be allowed to attend meetings of this committee.

  • Anderson County owes Todd big debt of gratitude

    Very quietly and without a hint of self-aggrandizement, Harold Todd has become one of the best taxpayer advocates Anderson County has ever seen.
    If that name sounds familiar, it should. A reserved, fairly quiet man who has spent his life crunching numbers as a CPA for the state and establishing a network of rental homes, Todd rose to prominence a couple of years ago when he was tapped by former Judge-Executive Steve Conway to serve on the local board of health in what appeared to be a last-ditch effort to keep it solvent.

  • Searching for fairness in all the wrong places

    The adage “all is fair in love and war” is true, and the Anderson County Fiscal Court should remember that business is a subsidiary of the latter.
    Government, regardless the size, cannot dictate fairness any more than it can dictate morality, including the fiscal court’s ongoing and painful attempt to make its business license ordinance “fair.”
    That was the goal when magistrates spent more than an hour last Tuesday trying to rewrite the ordinance that requires most, but not all, businesses to purchase a license.

  • Three politicians who shouldn’t be re-elected

    Column as I see ’em …
    We Kentuckians have been a fairly pious bunch in recent weeks, flaunting our frontiersmen and women attitudes as America’s most populated cities and states wage war against the 2nd Amendment.
    We snicker at New Yorkers and their goofy new gun laws, and mock Chicago as a perfect example of what happens when politicians strip away the rights of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves against gun-toting thugs.

  • Take sheriff’s advice to protect children

    Column as I see ’em …
    There are two reasons Troy Young will be the sheriff of Anderson County for as long as he chooses to continue serving: temperament and common sense.
    Sheriffs across the United States, including one in Kentucky, have made national headlines over the past several weeks as the country and its politicians wrestle over proposed gun control legislation.
    From those sheriffs Americans have heard plenty of 2nd Amendment bravado about how they would refuse to enforce any gun laws they considered breaches of the Constitution.

  • Focus needs to be on psych drugs, too

    Column as I see ’em …
    Let’s steer the mass murder conversation away from gun control and put it where it belongs: drugs.
    Specifically psychotropic drugs — you know, the ones advertised on television that include a full slate of nightmarish side effects, including delusional acts and suicide.
    Yet the reporting on the shootings in Colorado and Connecticut are virtually bereft of any discussion about these types of drugs, despite the constant references to both shooters having serious ongoing mental health issues.

  • Back to the future, again

    This feels familiar. Eerily familiar.
    Every end of the year list, every end of the year column seems as though I’m in the same exact place I was 365 days earlier.
    Sitting at my desk early in the morning, thinking about clichés regarding how the year flew by, then writing them down.
    You try to look back on the year. Gather some notable events, conversations and discussion in your head, spit them out onto paper with the endgame being intelligent insights on the direction of the days ahead.

  • Bad-tasting medicine best recycling solution

    The $125,000 recycling grant the fiscal court got from the state last year could prove to be the most expensive “free” money Anderson County has ever received.
    Like cash from a loan shark, that grant came with some mighty big strings attached, including that the county construct a recycling building.
    That building has become genuine nightmare for the fiscal court, which on Thursday rejected four bids  — the lowest coming in at more than double the $325,000 magistrates voted to spend to have it built.