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Today's Opinions

  • Taxpayers sucker punched by fiscal court deficit

    By Ben Carlson

     

    Column as I see ’em …

    I’d normally do a private version of the Snoopy dance when something I’ve warned about for years comes true, but I’m in no mood to dance over this and after reading this week’s front page, I’m sure you aren’t, either.

    The prospect of the fiscal court having to borrow $400,000 to balance its budget is nothing short of an outrage.

  • Time to order your seeds

    As the saying goes, “I’ve reached the age when my train of thought often leaves the station without me.”

    I just forgot last week’s column and I blame it on the holidays. We all have our routines. Now that we’re back to what passes for normal, has anyone taken notice of our increased light?

  • Use these tips to ward off firewood insects

    Many people use a wood-burning stove for heat or occasionally light some logs in the fireplace for enjoyment on cold winter nights. However, a quiet rick of firewood can harbor its own life.

  • Did Grimes even read outdoor column?

    To the editor:

    This is a response to a letter in last week’s paper by Roy Grimes, titled “Outdoor columnist should get facts on elk lottery.”

    My Jan. 7 outdoors column in The Anderson News was three-quarters of a page in length, yet one sentence stirred up Roy Grimes.

  • Family pets live forever in our hearts

    By Jane Sinnett

    Guest Columnist

    As I sat with my cup of tea wondering what I should put in the Anderson Humane Society’s first column of the new year, I debated on being witty, serious, straightforward or off-to-the-side. I’m not sure what I came up with but as I looked at our newest family member, I began to go back in time – 44 years back. That was when my husband and I adopted our first shelter animal.

  • Our jailer’s working out just fine, thanks

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    A recent news report from a media outlet in Kentucky took some fairly stiff jabs at elected jailers in counties without jails, which includes Anderson County Jailer Joani Clark.

    The overriding point the article tries to make is that, in large measure, counties without jails shouldn’t have an elected jailer — the state’s Constitution be damned. Instead, those counties should turn over to sheriff’s offices those jailers’ duties.

  • Outdoor columnist should get facts correct on elk lottery

    To the editor:

    I read your paper almost weekly. I am disturbed by an implication by your outdoor columnist, Jeff Lilly, that the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ elk drawings are dishonestly conducted. He refers to “so-called random” elk drawings in his article in last week’s Anderson News.

    Mr. Lily has made these accusations in the past based apparently due to his lack of success in the annual elk drawing.

  • Debunking myth of gender roles

    I was deeply saddened to hear about the suicide of transgender Ohio teen Josh Alcorn who renamed himself Leelah.

    The 17-year-old reportedly died after being hit by a tractor-trailer while walking along a highway near her home Sunday, Dec. 28. Her suicide note had more than 200,000 shares on tumblr.