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Editorials

  • Names enough for now

    The names of the children read like an honor roll list.
    Charlotte Bacon, 6
    Olivia Engel, 6
    Josephine Gay, 7
    Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
    Jack Pinto, 6
    Noah Pozner, 6
    Twenty children in all. An entire classroom-size group of students, not listed or honored for achieving good grades, but black and white names printed in memoriam of their deaths on the Sunday front page of the New York Times.
    I haven’t been able to get 27 names out of my head all weekend.

  • Enforce gun laws we already have before making more

    Column as I see ’em …
    It was sadly predictable that before the 20 children murdered last week in Connecticut were even buried, politicians were using their tiny corpses as soap boxes to spew their anti-firearm foolishness.
    Lost in their zeal to run roughshod over the Constitution is the obvious answer, which is that until schools are no longer declared gun-free zones, whack-a-dos like the guy in Connecticut will take turns wading into schools filled with children and shooting them like fish in a barrel.

  • School board should put money where mouth is

    Do you think a school resource officer is worth spending $25,000?
    Last Thursday the school board came to an agreement with the sheriff’s office to increase county school resource officer Paul Blackhurst’s salary reimbursement.
    Now the board will reimburse half of Blackhurst’s salary for a total $25,0000, Finance Officer Nick Clark said.
    But not before some debate among board members.  

  • Fact: Tim Wright should be next health director

    Interim Health Director Tim Wright is the best person to lead the Anderson County Department of Health, and the following cold, hard facts, obtained via open records requests, make it perfectly clear.
    The Anderson County Board of Health is expected to name its new director when it meets next Thursday, and regardless the other candidates’ qualifications, degrees, pedigrees or anything else, the fact is Wright’s the best person for the job.

  • A big government solution that wasn’t really necessary

    Column as I see ’em …
    I’m not sure which of the following surprised me more during the past week.
    1. Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway’s willingness to supplement the county’s new recycling program to the tune of $200,000 a year before declaring it a failure.
    2. The fact that the school district throws away an untold amount of money in tin cans and barely bothers to recycle.

  • Time to do away with constables

    Column as I see ’em …
    It looks like Kentucky is on its way to doing something that should have been done decades ago: getting rid of the elected position of constable.
    A report released last week by the Department of Criminal Justice Training was sort of a Capt. Obvious moment for many who already knew that the position is about as useless as a bucket without a bottom.
    The report calls constables “irrelevant as an arm of law enforcement,” which is actually much kinder than the description I would have offered.

  • Tell magistrates to protect Earth and your wallet

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court will have a chance to fix a $320,000 mistake when it meets Nov. 20, and could use a little encouragement between then and now to ensure it does.
    It appears there’s a chance that magistrates who approved spending that amount on a recycling building have since thought better of the idea, and are starting to see government-run recycling for what it really is: a black hole where taxpayer dollars go to die.

  • Recyling building a waste of money

    The fiscal court approved wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars Monday morning to build a recycling building that it doesn’t need.
    No, the magistrates aren’t bent on wasting your tax dollars, but Monday’s vote to spend nearly $320,000 on a building and perhaps thousands more to purchase a 15-year-old trash truck from a community bright enough to get out of the recycling business reeks of two things:
    1) Fear
    2) The desire to stay in elected office, even if it means not doing the right thing.

  • Bad advice on how to cast your vote

    Column as I see ’em …
    If Anderson County wants to get its fair share of state funds, it needs to elect the candidate whose party controls the House.
    That’s not my logic or recommendation; vote for whichever candidate you want. But it is something I’ve been told by a number of politically connected folks around here while discussing the race between incumbent Republican Kim King and challenger Kent Stevens, a Democrat.

  • One reason criminals getting more brazen
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