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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Put down burger, phone and just drive

    Distracted driving was in the news recently after a man in California was given a ticket for eating a burger while driving. There will be some people who will argue that was wrong.

    What I’m most concerned about is revisiting the subject of distracted driving so we are all safer on the road.

  • Don’t get lazy as the long cold winter continues to drag on

    Here today and gone tomorrow — that’s my kind of snow. All of you wishing for a snow day got your wish. Now, hush! This has been my warmest winter in Kentucky and I am loving it. Of course, I’m going to pay the price this spring when I try to use these muscles that have been hibernating.

  • Do you qualify for vet benefits?

    I’m not an expert on veteran benefits for seniors. The purpose of this column is to create awareness and encourage you to seek reliable information as it applies to you.

    I’ve met a few people who didn’t know that this might apply to them.

    This information is for a non-service connected disability pension plus aid and attendance allowance. The benefit may change every year. There is also a benefit for a surviving spouse.

    Some of the basic qualifications are listed here.

  • Will tech replace reporters?

    By Shelley Spillman

    News Editor

    Recently I was discussing with my fellow journalism school graduates about the hardest part about our job.

  • Don’t be next victim of alcohol poisoning

    Alcohol poisoning is a serious and preventable public health problem.

    Kentucky (9.1) is in the middle of the third quartile for age-adjusted rates of death related to alcohol poisoning. Kentucky is surrounded by Indiana (8.6), North Carolina, New York, Kansas, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey and California (9.9.)

    Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, North Dakota and Vermont had less than seven deaths annually from alcohol poisoning and weren’t included in the statistics.