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Today's Opinions

  • Concert proves classical music still has a place

    By Shelley Spillman

    News Editor

    Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending the Handel’s “Messiah” concert and I want credit to Sue Lou Smith, Anderson County High School staff, students and the First Christian Church Chancel Choir for hosting a fantastic concert.

    Members of the Lexington Philharmonic added to the experience, making it a truly unforgettable concert.

  • OK, but why aren’t the scales being used?

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …

    Magistrate David Ruggles in his letter to the editor this week apparently thinks that I disagree with the fiscal court’s decision to install scales and begin charging for people to get rid of junk and yard debris.

    My beef is not with the scales; in fact, I fully support and applaud the decision to purchase them. It’s instead with the fact that the scales, as of Monday, are not being used despite being in place since earlier this year.

  • Prefers ‘column as facts dictate’

    To the editor:

    Ben Carlson’s comments in the Nov. 26 edition of the paper on the fiscal court’s decision to install scales need some clarification.

    First, the junk/trash referred to currently goes into a compactor free of charge. The fiscal court (your taxpayer money) then pays, very expensively, I might add) to haul that compactor to the Benson Valley Landfill.

  • She keeps bad boys jailed, state lets ’em go

    Column as I see ’em …

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    When the keyboard is ripped away from my mouthy fingers and I’m sent home for good, I now know how I intend to spend at least a portion of my so-called golden years.

  • Water main breaks raise infrastructure questions

    Water main breaks. They’re becoming an all too common in the city. There was another one in the Alton area off Highway 151 on Sunday. Since October, we’ve had at least one water main break every month.

    Judging from exasperated Facebook posts, I know the public is tiring of hearing about water main breaks as well.

  • EPA, tree huggers to blame for skyrocking electricty rates

    To the editor:

    The Anderson News recently printed the 2015 proposed increases for Kentucky Utility customers. If you still have access to the KU notifications as printed in The Anderson News, I would advise you to peruse those proposed rate increases.

    I read those rates line by line, calculated the results and it immediately raised a red flag which prompted me to call Kentucky Utilities in Louisville to speak to a representative. She was very nice but I did all of the talking and she merely confirmed my suspicions.

  • Measuring the political weight of unused scales and other bad ideas

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …

    Those easily angered should probably skip this column and read the one on the faith page.

    From the president’s unilateral action on immigration to state fuel taxes and something so pedestrian as a set of scales, one can’t help but wonder how the people we elect get away certain things while we sit back and simply keep paying the bills.

    First the scales, for which the fiscal court used $62,000 of your money to purchase but as of Friday aren’t being used.

  • Cosby: trial by social media

    By Shelley Spillman

    News Editor

    The legal system standard is for alleged criminals to face a trial by judge or jury, but in this digital world it’s often a trial of public opinion via social media long before the criminal trial ever occurs.