Today's Opinions

  • Time for trains to get out of town

    Column as I see ’em …

    Trains, specifically ones that travel through Lawrenceburg, are a pain right in the butt.

    It never seems to fail. You’re in a hurry to somewhere and, sure enough, a stopped or nearly stopped train is blocking each the city’s main thoroughfares.

    We’ve all been through it. You’re running late and a train is blocking Court Street, Woodford Street and Main Street all at the same time and, if you’re really unfortunate, the crossing on Bond Lillard, too.

  • Do chores before snow begins to fly

    Did anyone else feel like winter came up and smacked us in the back of the head this weekend? Talk about a wake up. Just as my body was adapting to the cold, Sunday rolled around and I was sweating in 74-degree weather. October really is a yo-yo month.

    This is the time of year when people seem susceptible to getting sick. How many people do you know who recently got a bug? I blame it on the ups and downs of weather, and our lifestyles. Taking care of you is a much better alternative to getting sick.

  • Get best advice if starting business

    The Anderson County Extension Service provides assistance to small business development through CEDIK – Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky.

    I serve on the agent advisory council.

    We don’t have funds to help start a small business but we can provide professional help to assist you in developing a viable business plan.

  • We’re doing just fine, thank you

    Column as I see ’em …

    Being that those reading this newspaper are the ones paying the bills around here, I figured the onset of National Newspaper Week (Oct. 4-10) is the perfect time to give you a state of your newspaper address of sorts.

    Unlike politicians who spin a lot of misery into fool’s gold, I’ll simply stick to the facts and get to it.

  • Amaze your friends with this very unique use of vodka

    Well, it’s here. Equal days and equal nights just cruised into town.

    Fall marks that slow march into more dark than light, for our non-summer pleasure. October does have its good points. As the chlorophyll levels drop in the leaves, their true colors pop. Bight gold next to crimson red sure makes for a beautiful sight. We also don’t have to mow as much, thought this drought helped us with that one.

  • Now’s a perfect time to have soil analyzed

    Fall is a great time to take soil samples for fertility analyses.

    Doing it now can allow you plenty of time to follow fertility recommendations before planting season, and that could end up saving you time and money.

    When you receive the soil test results, look at the recommendations for lime and pH, a measure of soil acidity that affects plants’ uptake of all nutrients. If the soil pH is too low, it decreases the uptake of essential nutrients, and elements like aluminum and manganese can become toxic to growing plant roots.

  • Lack of respect coming from the top

    This column puts me at risk of fulfilling my 15-year-old’s belief that I’m just a crotchety, middle-aged guy who doesn’t understand today’s youth.

    Too bad.

    Over the past several months I’ve produced a rash of news articles about young people shooting off their filthy mouths at police officers, judges and court officials, the latest on A1 of this week’s paper.

  • Sheriff’s office earns kudos

    To the editor:

    I would like to send congratulations to Sheriff Troy Young and his deputies for receiving their accreditation.

    I know how hard they worked to achieve this high standard of the policies and procedures practiced by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

    The citizens, community and county should be proud of this goal, which is not easily handed out to law enforcement agencies.

    Kentucky sheriffs must rise to a higher standard for recognition to be awarded the accreditation certificate.