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Editorials

  • 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.

  • 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.