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Editorials

  • Editorial: Mention of tax increase dampens spending spree

    The dollars being discussed were in the millions, and flashed across the school board’s dazzling array of big-screen TV monitors faster than Facebook’s stock price fell on its second day of trading.
    The school board never blinked Monday night while hearing about an eye-popping plan that calls for spending in excess of $23 million in proposed building plans and improvements.

  • Uncovering the secrets of the motherhood

    They don’t hold hands, swaying back and forth in an unbroken circle to summon ancient powers of parenthood.
    Mothers hold other, tiny hands in the grocery store.
    Mostly to keep those same hands from grabbing large, powdery bags of flour and dumping them on the floor.
    They walk beside tricycles as plastic wheels rumble across pavement.
    They wipe their own eyes watching the same tricyclist, now grown up, walk across the stage at graduation or down the aisle.

  • Running for city council? Here’s your platform

    Raise your hand if your pay is automatically increased each year based on the consumer price index.
    Don’t feel bad if you didn’t because few if any businesses or government agencies would even consider awarding pay raises based solely on the cost of living going up.
    Among those few is the Lawrenceburg City Council and its mayor. That bunch has been giving itself pay increases for the past six years not based on the job they have done, but instead on the cost of living. That’s it, nothing more.

  • Looking for life in weekly obituaries

    I love reading obituaries.
    Not because I am happy to learn that someone died.
    But because it’s an entire epic novel squeezed into miniature, tracing life from birth to death.
    It’s Homer’s Odyssey compressed down to the time it takes to read a haiku.
    Is this morbid fascination? I don’t think so.
    For one instant, in a few, compact lines, we learn that someone’s ordinary life wasn’t so ordinary.
    Read between the lines.
    We have more in common with the dead than you’d think.

  • Fix these problems, too

    We’ve had several calls and comments from readers who were none too happy with the tractor and truck pulls, particularly because of the late-night noise and litter.
    Screaming engines at 10 p.m. on a Friday night are one thing, but when they’re howling after midnight, it’s understandable that some folks are going to object.
    We checked, and the city’s 911 dispatch center said it received three calls Friday night, but none Saturday when the pulls ended much earlier.

  • Rent pulling track to shut up critics

    Good weather and large crowds mean last weekend’s truck and tractor pull will result in a hefty donation for the county park.
    Just how hefty that donation will be is unanswerable, and not because receipts from the gate and concessions are still being counted.
    And that’s a problem.
    The Anderson County Fiscal Court needs to adopt a hard-and-fast policy on using the county park for events of any kind, including those designed to be fundraisers.

  • When we speak, does the library listen?

    A group of taxpayers had a few questions for the library board.
    And they wanted answers — about the tax rate, the potential expansion, the way trustees are appointed to serve this special taxing district.
    But is the library board listening?
    Trustee Amy Kennedy, president of the board, wondered if the board should reconsider its plans for expansion following an hour of being peppered with questions from these concerned citizens.
    After all, she said, even just talking about building expansion has proven to be controversial.

  • Nothing funny about politicians’ half-hearted effort

    Column as I see ’em …
    I inappropriately blurted out what at the time was intended to be a funny remark during last Tuesday night’s fiscal court meeting.
    I shouldn’t have done that because in retrospect what prompted that remark wasn’t the least bit humorous.

  • The Iraq War happened? Sorry, I didn’t catch the movie

    Some things are guaranteed to make me angry.
    People who text during movies.
    Pandas.
    Filling out my tax returns.
    But nothing inspires such fiery, unadulterated quivering fury as those people who flaunt their own ignorance like a trendy trophy.
    This is nothing new. I’m pretty sure I’ve written about the subject before.
    And here is a reincarnation of such complaints, in the form of the Titanic anniversary.

  • Legislature needs stronger take on meth

    Column as I see ’em …
    The next time a state legislator starts talking about forcing you to have a prescription to buy cold medicine due to the evils of methamphetamine, ask him or her to explain the following.
    Tuesday morning I sat in awe as two of the three people found living in a drainage pipe and using meth behind Rite Aid nearly two years ago received probation after pleading guilty to the charges against them.