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Today's Opinions

  • My stay was brief but this community truly won me over

    I’ve become attached to Lawrenceburg and Anderson County.

    When I arrived 4 months ago, my familiarity was based on drives to Frankfort and stopping at the now defunct food court here on KY 127.

    My cousin was married in the Kavanaugh House and still lives in Lawrenceburg to this day.

    But next week will mark my final week at the helm of The Anderson News. While my stay was brief, my leaving is still bittersweet.

    Here is the view of an outsider who got to be an insider for a brief period.

  • Darland made large corporate store all hers

    When I pulled up to Walmart Monday morning, I felt like I knew Kim Darland from all the secondhand stories passed down to me.

    Each person gave me a small piece of her.

    Mark Willard, an assistant manager at Walmart who has worked with Darland for 23 years, told me about her strong leadership.

    Darland nurtured a young cart boy who had a desire to work his way up to become more.

  • Hamilton got it right: recycling is, indeed, a worthwhile effort

    This is in response to Chris Hamilton’s article about recycling in The Anderson News Extra. I wholeheartedly agree that recycling does not have to produce an income to justify making it a priority.

    I admit that, for most of my life, I did not recycle and it has only become a priority in the last few years. I’m appreciative of the bins that have been placed in the Kroger parking lot. That is very helpful!

    I had been taking my recyclables to Lexington and putting them in the bins at the Good Foods Coop on Southland Drive.

  • ‘Thanks for Nuthin’ cartoon was an offensive spin on an 11-year war

    Last Wednesday’s paper had me steaming. Terry Wise’s cartoon showing Obama saying “Thanks for nuthin” at a military grave was neither funny nor ironic. Political cartoons are supposed to be one or the other or both.

    It is a gross oversimplification to blame Obama for an 11-year war that is more complicated than most Americans understand. And why does Obama say the word “nuthin”? Is there a meaning to this? It’s not very sensitive to people of color.

  • Avoiding property tax penalties and other need to know information

    By Jason Denny

    County Clerk

    As property owners, we all dread the October mailing of tax bills.

    Over the past several years, our office has received questions regarding the process that goes into the assessment, calculation and collection of these bills. I thought this month was a good time to address this very issue.

  • Worship God, not the world’s idols and morality standards

    It was a year on June 26 since the Supreme Court of the United States issued their landmark rulings regarding Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.

    To say there were ripple effects would be inaccurate; it would be more precise to say that there have been waves of change across our nation since then.

    The rulings were not merely about whether or not gay people can legally marry. They paint a bigger picture. They are part of a larger narrative that humanity began to write the day our first parents willfully chose to disobey their Creator (Genesis 2 -3).

  • You admit your mamma was a hater, too
  • Mornings are perfect for pickin’ beans... sunsets for breakin’

    It must be the old park ranger in me but I do love a good sunset. It is such a peaceful scene, with nothing but friendly conversations between feathered friends, hopping from branch to branch.

    The hay field lays clean and green in the foreground. After the raking and baling, dried brown shoots, nourished by the sun and rain, once again give me my verdant rolling hills.

    Far beyond, cattle graze on the uplands, seen only through a break between the trees.