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Editorials

  • ECC deal finalized, tax rate debate up next

    Column as I see ’em …
    For those wishing to overturn the school board’s decision to practically give away the old ECC building, forget about it.
    I’ve had numerous calls and conversations with people who were highly agitated that the board sold the building and 7.5 acres of land for $75,100, and held out hope that somehow someone would force them to reconsider.
    Of course nothing could make that happen, and the board closed the deal a couple of weeks ago without so much as a public peep.

  • Apologies to the Class of 2013

    Dear Anderson County high school seniors, Class of 2013:
    I apologize in advance.
    Many of you won’t read this column, because according to some of your elders, you’ve never seen a newspaper.
    For those who decided to engage in the archaic ritual of reading the weekly newspaper, I’d like to extend an apology on behalf of others who believe today’s youth don’t know how to string a sentence together unless it includes text speak like “LOL” or “OMG.”  

  • Who among you will raise a hand in public?

    A private show of hands, please, from those who think that the state Transportation Cabinet’s efforts to use political candidate Kent Stevens to deliver “contingency” road paving funds to Anderson County was not politically motivated in any way. (See story, A1.)
    C’mon, no one’s looking. Even you lifelong Democrats who can’t stand Republicans — especially Republicans like Kim King — can raise your hands.

  • Should we reward teachers based on test scores?

    Once upon a time, students assured themselves an easy school year simply by placing an apple on the teacher’s desk on the first day.
    They could try, anyway.
    But an apple a day won’t keep our good teachers teaching.
    Flashing shiny Apple products in their faces won’t be enough, either.      
    So what incentives can possibly be left for teachers who see year after year of pay freezes and budget cuts?

  • Our mirror is large enough for everyone

    You think you’re holding a newspaper, but in fact it’s a mirror.
    That’s my view, anyway, because my goal each week is to produce a paper that reflects the community it serves, warts and all.
    As you’ll see in a guest column on this page and in Jess Thompson’s column on the church page, there’s an interesting debate going on between a self-described Christian and a self-described atheist.

  • Want good news? Read

    The Anderson News prints good news.
    This statement is fact.
    Not opinion, although I’m declaring this truth to be self-evident in a column on the opinion page.
    Recently I was asked by a reader via e-mail to give more positive recognition in the paper, promote more positive coverage.
    I don’t mind responding to reader requests, especially easy ones.
    My answer — we already do.

  • Taxpayers, unemployed won’t like any of this

    Column as I see ’em …
    If you had poured over $900,000 into home improvements since 1988, would you even consider selling it today for $75 grand?
    Granted, the old Early Childhood Center isn’t a home, per se, but that’s about how much money taxpayers have dumped into it over the past 24 years.
    Not a very good investment, considering that earlier this month the building — along with 7.5 acres of land — fetched about 12 percent of the amount spent to fix it up, according to the district’s own depreciation schedule.

  • Much ado about uniforms

    Made in America.
    Not so much anymore.
    This week in self-righteous Washington anger, some decided to take a strong, opinionated stance on an issue that affects all Americans:
    No, not tax cuts for more the middle class.
    Uniforms.

  • Fiddling while Anderson burns

    It has been said that Emperor Nero fiddled while Rome burned.
    Nearly 2,000 years later in a small central Kentucky county named Anderson, our Neros in city and county government spend more time rosining up their bows to do a little fiddling of their own instead of putting out the fires and getting down to business.

  • Where did all the thinkers go?

    I was complaining about technology. Again.
    This was not a new conversation. It’s one I repeat time and time again, with friends, family, random people in line at the grocery store, and most recently, my cousin, a self-professed technofile.
    “This is the best time to be living in,” he told me, as my SUV purred along the highway and he pored over the glow of his smart phone.
    For him, technology is exciting, revolutionary. An evolution of industries building toward a brighter, better future.
    In my mind, technology equals anxiety.