Today's Opinions

  • Heroin bust a reason to cheer

    By Ben Carlson

    Column as I see ’em …

    It was with great pleasure that I photographed the scene of a heroin bust conducted early Monday evening by the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    When it comes to police getting that garbage off the streets, the dispassionate journalist in me takes a vacation and I actually feel like cheering while taking photos.

    Lawrenceburg, like so many other communities in Kentucky and across the country, is lousy with heroin and the problem continues to get worse.

  • N word shouldn’t be used at all

    To the editor:

    I am going to cut to the chase with Sports Editor John Herndon’s column last week titled “Harrison’s words a reflection of society.”

    The one line, “Some downplay the racial slur as common language among young African Americans.” Yes, I noticed he said “some,” but it’s now just as much, if not more of young Caucasian males and females throwing the N word around as everyday common language.

  • Big shout out to firefighters

    To the editor:

    I am writing to send a big thank you to the men and women in the local volunteer dire department who came to our rescue April 1.

    My hero, my son Kaleb Diaz who is 10 years old, called 911 and the fire and rescue were there within minutes to extinguish the fire that had gotten out of control when simply trying to burn leaves in the ditch line.

  • Thankful for Boot Drive


    To the editor:

    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Anderson County Ad Hoc Committee for CASA held its annual Boot Drive April 4.

    Thanks to city firefighters Katherine Read, Michaela McCane, Morgan Penn, Tim Read, Theresa Fannin, T.J. Hannah and Allen Davenport, we doubled the money we raised last year.

  • Addressing misunderstandings, concerns from 2015 session

    By Julian Carroll, State senator

    Since concluding the 2015 legislative session, I have had the opportunity to finish reading e-mails and phone messages from many of your readers. I appreciate everyone who shared his or her concerns with me. Below I have attempted to address some of the concerns and questions as well as respond to possible misunderstandings.

    State employee compensation

  • Grow ginger to ease colds, soothe muscles

    Let’s all toast the sun. Life is bursting out all over. The trees are either budding or blooming, and the lawns are verdant green. It’s those over achievers in the yard that are driving me crazy. Those military tough broadleaf weeds and wild garlic just want to be outstanding. Before you break out the mowers, let’s hit them with a little killer.

  • Learn how to manage diabetes

    There are about 370,000 people diagnosed with diabetes in Kentucky. This number may be larger if we consider that an additional 137,000 individuals are undiagnosed, making a total of 507,000 living with diabetes. Kentucky has the sixth highest rate of diabetes in the nation, making it important for us to take action.

  • Gas pains for most, good deal for few

    By Ben Carlson

    Column as I see ’em …

    I’ve heard several rumors lately about what might be coming to the land purchased several months ago by the joint economic development authority just south of the Bluegrass Parkway. I can neither confirm nor deny any of them, but have my doubts anything will be locating there anytime soon.

    The problem is natural gas. That location doesn’t have it and getting it there will require someone to spend millions to do so.