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Today's Opinions

  • Up to Supremes to make right call

    By Ben Carlson, Publisher

    It doesn’t matter which side you’re on when it comes to the disappointing decision of the Kentucky Court of Appeals regarding a lawsuit filed against our library and others in Northern Kentucky.

    The bottom line is that with its decision in favor of the libraries, the Court of Appeals is allowing an unelected and wholly unaccountable body to set tax rates and spend other people’s money.

    It’s called taxation without representation and, like the old TV cartoon said, that’s not fair.

  • Spending, with no common sense

    To the editor:

    America has sank into a quagmire of debt and depravity.

    Our founding fathers enacted two safeguards to prevent incompetence and long-term corruption in Congress. Consequently, representatives are reelected every two years so that voters can fire incumbents that mishandle tax dollars, and the press is expected to report all corrupt or incompetent departures from frugality.

    The two measures have evolved to ineffectiveness.

  • April brings warmth, chores and flowers

    Well, I might as well tell you, I’m selling the farm and moving in town. I’m just getting too old to do this stuff. My get up and go has got up and went.

    The only gas I have left escapes when I cough or sneeze. I blame my father for always calling me a little fart. Oh come on folks, don’t be sad. Look at the calendar.

  • Time to think about spring weather safety

    After record snowfall and bitterly cold temperatures, most Kentuckians welcome the transition into spring. Still, changeable weather is one of the harbingers of the season, and often it comes in the form of high winds and blustery conditions. Even though tornadoes can occur in any season, they are most common in spring, along with downbursts and windstorms.

  • Talking boats, property taxes and new registrations

    An open house and ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for the new county clerk’s office on Thursday, April 23 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The new office is located at 100 South Main St., Lawrenceburg.

    Spring is upon us. April is normally associated with rain, flowers or pollen, but at the county clerk’s office it is about boat license, delinquent taxes, a new drive-thru and a new registration process.

  • Is Shingleton answer to recycling problems?

    Column as I see ’em …

    Well, folks, it’s official. As of a week or so ago, the county government – and by extension, you – is now $400,000 deeper in debt after the fiscal court voted unanimously to borrow that much money to balance its next budget.

    If you follow along you already know the reason why: the recycling program that costs a fortune and brings in almost no revenue.

  • Time for local schools to look at more ways to deal with snow

    I will never be one complain that Anderson County Schools should be in session on a winter day when my street is clear.

    While my home is now only a good snowball throw from the Lawrenceburg city limits, I lived well out in Anderson County for most of my life, including 15 years on a one-lane road. I have a pretty good idea of why schools are often dismissed when my friends who live in or close to town are wondering why.

  • Make instant raised beds using pallets

    We’re going green! Hello spring! I am so glad to see you! New life really is springing up everywhere and the prominent color is green. Those never ending carpets will soon bring forth more colorful flowers and food. I’m pretty fond of them both!