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Today's Opinions

  • Freedom Hall really was about freedom on Saturday

    I was in Freedom Hall the night Anderson County played for the state basketball championship. It was the place where I heard Muhammad Ali say he wanted to fight George Foreman and Joe Frazier on the same night.


    I saw Julius Erving, then of the Virginia Squires, do things with a basketball that I had never seen and still can’t describe. I have been to several concerts there and I watched Richie Farmer make string music the state finals 23 years ago.

  • Muddy first impressions of Lawrenceburg

    I knew Kentucky was famous for its horses.
    I didn’t expect to see a Swamp Donkey.
    Last Saturday’s mud bog involved horsepower of a different kind, something unusual to the eyes of this reporter.
    After living in central South Dakota for a couple of years, I’ve seen my share of bucking bulls, rodeo cowboys and mutton bustin’.
    I didn’t possess the bravery of my preacher father, however, who once bonded with a parishioner while castrating bulls.
    I think I chose to take in the sights of a cow pie bingo instead.

  • Ticket better than scolding any day

    As opposed to chronicling this week what I perceive to be the misdeeds of others, allow me instead to discuss a couple of my own.
    Twice in the past month I’ve attracted the attention of law enforcement, and not for good reasons. A few weeks back, I got stuck around 4 a.m. at the traffic light at the intersection of US 127 Bypass and Glensboro Road while heading to work. It was Tuesday, my early day, and I was most definitely in a hurry.

  • Help Anderson Humane Society get a new vehicle

    Anderson Humane Society is proud to announce we’ve been selected as a finalist in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program. Now we need your support.
    Vote for Anderson Humane Society at www.facebook.com/toyota on June 4.

  • Manure tea just the thing for soggy soil

    May is over and June has arrived. Let’s just be thankful for every sunrise we see.
    Tornado season is upon us. One of them hit the family farm in Huntingburg, Ind., last week. Though no one was injured, there is not a building that didn’t get damaged. Insurance will cover the costs but what a rough road ahead. We’ve been lucky here, so far.

  • Kentucky’s history wrapped in West Virginia lore

    The late Tom Clark, historian at the University of Kentucky, said something once that has always stuck with me: “Virginia is the mother of Kentucky and Kentucky is the mother of the West.”
    So true, we are the sum of all the history of Virginia, and to ignore it is to ignore the history of Kentucky.
    As I completed the article on long hunters, I remembered one of the probably most entertaining stories of Virginia, as not all explorers wore buckskin and linsey-woolsey, some wore satin and velvet.

  • These people died so you can do something else on Memorial Day

    I intended to give a mild tongue-lashing this week to those too busy shoving hot dogs and beer into the faces to attend Sunday’s Memorial Day service at the Healing Field.
    Instead, I’ve decided to save the outraged editor act for another week, and provide the names of the Kentucky soldiers killed in the war on terror who are commemorated at the Healing Field (13 more were added Sunday), along with the names of local veterans killed in wars dating back to World War I.

  • No penance for $400K mistake

    It’s a downright shame that those on the Anderson County Board of Health who voted to approve the new health department building near Walmart can’t be held personally responsible for squandering $400,000 in taxpayer money.
    Of course unlike the taxpayers who have no choice but to pay for their mistakes, they’re immune from such accountability.