• State employees need pay increase

    Editor’s note: The following letter was written to Gov. Steve Beshear and others, and is reprinted here at the request of the authors.

    To the editor:
    While we are fully aware of our budget imbalance even with some current income exceeding forecasts, including current expenditures that are creating a shortfall in our current biennial budget, we must remind each of you of the plight of our state employees.
    We must remind each of you there has been no state employee salary increases since 2009.

  • Obamacare a ‘clear and present danger’

    To the editor:
    Why does the Affordable Care Act have a dishonest name? Simple. It was conceived arrogantly, promoted dishonestly and passed illegally.
    “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.” (Matthew 7:18)
    In order to pass the Affordable Care Act, politicians used the Debt Reduction Reconciliation Act of 2000 to get around the 60 votes required to override a filibuster (they had 59). Were they right? Of course not, they violated the law.

  • Carlson using ‘straw man’ argument

    Editor’s note: The following is in response to a column written last week by Editor Ben Carlson about the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline.

    To the editor:
    Ben, Ben, you’ve done it again. It appears to me that in your [discussion] of a BG pipeline that you have used a common debate technique — the old straw man.
    The conflating of the two issues (leaky pipe vs. dead soldiers), while on the surface seems sensible and is emotional, are not related in a clear and linear manner.

  • Big thank you for Open Hands Christmas meal

    To the editor:
    We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that helped make the Community Christmas Outreach Meal at Open Hands Pantry a huge success. It is because of your generosity we were able to serve 458-plus people. Thanks to Walmart for providing all of our desserts and other businesses for your financial help as well as other people who donated food, cooked, delivered, advertised and served for us on this day.
    It is when people come together we are able to accomplish great things and get a true blessing.
    May God bless you.

  • County in need of homeless shelter

    To the editor:
    We are contacting you out of concern for the need of a homeless shelter in our community.
    It breaks our hearts to think that anybody would be homeless or hungry, period, but with the weather being so extremely cold, it makes it even harder to deal with.
    So many of us have been blessed with a warm home yet there’s no telling how many of our loved ones, family or friends is doing without.

  • Case ‘lost control of environment’

    To the editor:
    I believe Carolyn Case’s intentions for the grandchild were much better than that which seems to have resulted after losing control of her environment.
    I still believe she was trying to protect the child. I am somewhat confident that authorities surely know by now that she did take good care of those granddaughters prior to the parents moving into her house.
    I have to wonder why she did not get adequate advice all this time — since the sad news has been repeatedly reported — regardless who pays the counselor.

  • Honored to lay wreaths for soldiers

    To the editor:
    I was among 25,000 volunteers across the country who laid wreaths on the graves of our nation’s finest men and women on Dec. 14 for National Wreath Day.
    Semi trucks full of wreaths lined the streets in Arlington National Cemetery. Soldiers and civilians alike were among the ranks lined up behind these trucks to get wreaths and begin placing them.
    As a veteran of two tours to Iraq, it was a very enlightening and humbling experience.

  • Do what’s good for community

    To the editor:
    Thanks to the Anderson County Fiscal Court for hosting the Bluegrass Pipeline forum last week.
    The parent companies of the BG pipeline flew in 12 or so top executives to answer questions. For them to spend that kind of money to speak to residents tells me how much they want and how much is to be made from a pipeline.

  • ‘Wonderful community’ makes Shop With Cop a success

    To the editor:
    I want to extend my thanks to everyone involved with our Shop With A Cop program. Several years ago when the program was started we were able to take five children shopping the first year. This year we were able to provide Christmas for over 50 Anderson County children.
    Community support means so much from a simple thank you or good job to monetary donations from so many individuals and businesses. Fundraising was kicked off with the annual Anderson News Burgoo Cook Off and included our new venture with the Misery Manor Haunted House.

  • Clarity needed on firefighter issue

    To the editor:
    Editor’s note: The following was written to Daniel Werfel, acting director of the Internal Revenue Service, and printed here with the author’s permission.
    Dear Acting Commissioner Werfel,
    I am writing you because of concerns I am hearing from my constituents in the Sixth District of Kentucky regarding the treatment of volunteer fire departments under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), specifically with respect to the Employer Shared Responsibility Provision.