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Today's Opinions

  • Deficit or cushion?

    By Ben Carlson, Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …

    I’ve spent the past several weeks trying to decipher just exactly what is going on with the fiscal court’s budget that was formally approved Tuesday morning, and have concluded that the county doesn’t really have a $400,000 deficit.

    When one thinks of a budget deficit, what comes to mind is not having enough money to meet one’s obligations.

  • Carlson a real ‘Debbie Downer’

    To the editor:

    I am an out-of-towner, but I visit my sister in Lawrenceburg frequently, such a nice town. I read The Anderson News regularly, have been following the news about your recycling program, and have read just about enough of the bad publicity, I think all brought on by the “Column as I see ’em” small town editor. If I see the “hundreds of thousands of dollars” cost for recycling used one more time as a scare tactic to make the community think recycling is too expensive, I think I’m just going to pop.

  • Baseball coach was blessing

    To the editor:

    I want to take a second to thank a man in the Anderson community for what he did in making me a man.

    John Halvachs was not just my high school baseball coach but a friend, like a father, and most importantly someone who believed in me. Even 20 years after graduation he continues to care for me and tell me he is proud of me. I know I am not the only one he has touched. He was a blessing to many baseball players in 1994 as being hired as baseball coach of the Anderson Batcats.

  • Sandbox 'disgusting'

    To the editor:

    The [above] sandbox in the county is disgusting and it has looked like this for years.
    During every visit with my son there’s a battle over that nauseating thing.
    If the county doesn’t want to put sand in it, take the darn thing out!
    Brandissa Michelotti Tackett
    Lawrenceburg

  • Adding warm-season annuals to grazing system offers several advantages

    Warm-season annuals thrive in the heat of July when temperatures exceed 75 degrees F and other grasses are struggling. During this time cool-season grasses decrease in plant yield, and quality as the plant goes into the reproductive stage. This time frame is called the “summer slump.” Utilizing warm-season annuals during the summer may reduce or end overgrazing of cool-season pastures and the need for feeding stored feeds.

    Animal performance

  • Time to prune peonies, pinch mums

    June has arrived to bring us closer to the summer solstice and 15 hours of daylight each day. June has been the most popular wedding month since Roman times, because they were practical planners.

    Think about it. A June marriage meant childbirth in the spring, not the dead of winter and no interference with the fall harvest. Plus, the weather is usually pretty good for outdoor events.

    Work in the garden and lawn is now in high gear, precisely because of that weather.

  • Reduce your risk of being victimized by identity thieves

    Over $2.5 billion were lost to identity theft in 2012. Victims younger than 18 represent 6 percent of the total.

    The perpetrator is almost always a family member, frequently the parents.

    Parents who have financial problems will use their child’s social security number to fraudulently obtain credit cards, apply for loans and even employment. The children don’t have any idea until they later apply for jobs, credit cards or loans and find out that they have a negative credit history themselves.

  • There’s votes on ‘them there’ roads

    By Ben Carlson, Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …

    If you want to start a dust-up with members of the Anderson County Fiscal Court, just get them debating how to spend road funds.

    We were nearly privy to such an event last Tuesday when Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton called for booting 3rd District Magistrate Juretta Wells out of the process of picking a road for the county’s priority road list, which I’m not sure is even legal.