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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN - Plucking feathers from Chicken Little

    Thanks to me abusing the power of the press, the judge-executive, mayor, city council and fiscal court can no longer do their jobs.

    That is the opening salvo of an awesome letter I received a couple of weeks ago, blaming me for "stymieing" city and county government via my editorials and columns.

    I lamented in last week's column that I could not print the letter in its entirety because when I called the supposed author, he denied writing the letter.

    Frankly, I believe him and still do.

  • COLUMN - Back to school - woohoo!

    The smell of crayons, the beginning of August and the regular sightings of those big, beautiful, yellow buses - it can only mean one thing: school is in session.

    And, I challenge you to find one person who is more excited about that fact than me. (Now that I don't actually have to go to school anymore, I can be excited about it starting back. Ah, who am I kidding? I'm a total dork, and I always get excited this time of year.)

  • GUEST COLUMN - Have wire, will talk: Ham radio classes start soon

    How do we maintain communications during and following a disaster?

    This is a question that I am frequently asked as I make presentations in the community. The question is very valid and certainly has been brought to the forefront in the aftermath of disaster after disaster that has struck the United States.

    As we have read in many media accounts, conventional communications systems seem to fail in disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes.

  • 'Live life until it ends'

    Sometimes you need a reminder of just how valuable life is. My reminder came in the form of a man named Stanley Baldwin.

    I met Baldwin at the Senior Citizens Center on Monday. He was the subject of an interview for a story that also appears in this issue of our paper.

    Long story short, about four years ago Baldwin's kidneys started to fail him, and he's been on dialysis ever since, but instead of getting down about it and moping because of his situation, he prefers to keep a positive outlook on life.

  • Thumbs up, down

    A round of atta-boys and raspberries for those who have earned them:

    Thumbs up to the Lawrenceburg-Anderson County Economic Development Authority for taking the initiative to survey businesses in an effort to figure out what is needed to get our economic development ball rolling.

    The survey, announced Tuesday morning, begins Aug. 10 and a draft of the results is scheduled for release in late September.

    Hopefully, this will lead to industry and jobs coming here instead of just the counties surrounding us.

  • LETTER: County remains out of industrial loop

    To the editor:

    Anderson County has been out of the industrial loop a long time, so the criticism of our local officials is unjust.

    Twenty-five years ago a few of us had a meeting with the Franklin County Economic Development committee. It recommended we come home and get six community-spirited business people with a genuine interest in the general welfare of all Anderson Countians and raise the funds to purchase the old Sherwood farm from the Greer brothers.

  • LETTER: Lunsford protects Kentucky

    To the editor:

    The Bush administration and the Republican leadership in Congress have taken away the American dream. That is why I'll be supporting Bruce Lunsford for the U.S. Senate.

    He has the support of labor unions, which are a driving force in Kentucky politics. He is willing to work with all sides to get things done. Lunsford's agenda is progressive, focusing on universal health care, tax relief for the middle class instead of the wealthy, keeping the estate tax, making college more affordable and ending the war.

  • LETTER: City thanked for Relay support

    To the editor:

    We would like to express a public thank-you to Mayor Edwinna Baker and the city of Lawrenceburg for their enormous show of support for the Relay for Life event that took place at the City Park on July 11.

    The park was in fantastic shape and many city employees were there well before 7 a.m. on the day of the event, making sure that everything was taken care of.