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Editorials

  • Consider the cockroach

    The view from an airplane window made it possible to dream of living in a cloud.
    On Sunday, I found out what living in a cloud was like. I never want to know again.
    The equation is simple. Autumn mornings plus the mixing of cool and warm air over the Kentucky River equals a Tyrone Pike bridge enveloped in a fog so thick you could scoop it into cupped hands.

  • Student fees leave parents steaming

    Column as I see ’em …
    While many folks had visions of steaming pots of burgoo dancing in their heads this past week, others were just steaming over what they consider incessant fees some students are forced to pay to receive their “free” government education.
    I’ve had several complaint calls and visits during the past week or so from parents fuming over high school students having to pay $10 to park their cars and the $50 “student fee,” both hidden taxes disguised as something else.

  • Speeding tickets, not cars are flying on Versailles Road

    Column as I see ’em …
    Let’s kick off this week’s column with a bit of friendly advice.
    If you speed while driving on Versailles Road keep two things close at hand: your driver’s license and enough cash to pay for a speeding ticket.
    Since the tragic death of a Lawrenceburg woman whose mini-van was struck head-on by a dump truck a couple of weeks ago, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office has been on that road like a duck on a jitterbug.

  • What have you sacrificed?

    Sacrifice.
    To appease the vengeful god known as the “economy,” it’s an imperative to offer our time, money and entertainment as budgetary sacrifices.
    No more vacations.
    Fewer trips to the salon or nail parlor. (There’s actually a direct relationship between the infrequency of haircuts and the depressed status of the economy, according to news reports).
    Want to start a family? If you’re anything like most young people in the U.S., you’ll want to wait.

  • Lower speed limit on Versailles Road now

    Column as I see ’em …
    Reducing the speed limit on Versailles Road isn’t going to bring back Marie Garmon or the other two women killed on that road last fall.
    It isn’t going to un-injure the woman whose car was rear-ended this summer, or any of the others hurt in the mounting number of accidents on that road.
    But it needs to happen, and it needs to happen now.

  • Giving during tough times

    The art of selfless giving is hard to master.
    Especially in 2012.  
    At this same time last year, then-high school junior Blake Roach promised himself that he’d pursue his mission to erect a 9/11 memorial in front of the Anderson County high school, even if he didn’t make his promised groundbreaking deadline of Sept. 11, 2011.
    That deadline long gone, Blake said he hopes he can just see this project through until more final deadline — his graduation in May.

  • Handling of hit list a lesson for district

    Roughly 36 hours. That’s how long it took from the time police took into custody a middle school student suspected of creating a hit list before school officials determined it was OK for you to know about it.
    That’s inexcusable. When something this serious happens, the district should set aside this pervasive and somewhat odd desire it has developed of late to control every ounce of information that gets out and simply let people know what’s going on.

  • Putting a face to the economy

    The economy.
    If you listen closely to the way people talk about the economy, you expect Frankenstein’s monster pieced together from the most terrifying of horror film creatures.
    Like the nameless beast hiding underneath the bed, the economy creates havoc without anyone physically seeing or touching it.
    “The economy” induces enough stress and fear, it seems, to launch a thousand nightmares.
    It starves. It steals. It turns decent people desperate.

  • Will attorney general’s office keep talking tough?

    Column as I see ’em …
    Don’t be surprised this week if a former social services employee who pleaded guilty to nine felony counts of falsifying her investigations is, in essence, released from prison.
    Yep, the five year sentence Margaret “Geri” Murphy received just a month ago could be set aside when she asks for, and odds are will receive, shock probation.

  • The roads less traveled

    Anderson County, I give up.
    Just when I think I know exactly where I’m going and what’s going to happen, you dump me on an impossible, toothpick-thin road with no cell phone service and threatening, moody thunderclouds.
    Last week, Editor Ben Carlson wrote about the city slicker behavior of his pets.
    Well, I’m here to tell you to confess I have something in common with his dachshund.
    I am a city slicker. I am unashamed to admit this, because it’s obviously true.