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Today's Opinions

  • America’s Civil War brought about civil rights

    April 12 of this year marked the 150th anniversary of America’s Civil War.
    Outside the American Revolution and the creation of the United State Constitution, the Civil War is arguably the most seminal event in American history.
    For the next four years, Kentucky and the rest of the United States will remember this event and its lasting effects on American society.

  • Hey Rues: Here’s a taste of the real Glenn Beck

    To the editor:
    After reading the Rue’s heartfelt tribute to Glenn Beck, the soul of Fox News, I was almost moved to tears.
    With crying towel in hand I read each paragraph with hopes that some facts might emerge, but alas as usual, I could find none.
    But, hopefully a few of Glenn’s historic quotes below will give your readers an idea of why the writers of this tribute adore and will so deeply miss this warm and compassionate man.

  • Longing for the days when Cornish was judge-executive

    To the editor:
    I never thought I would want former judge-executive Steve Cornish back in office, but maybe I was wrong — at least the county roads got mowed equally.
    I live in the Ninevah area and we haven’t been touched this year. Check out our stop sign at the corner of Lanes Mill and Ninevah roads. I guess I no longer have to stop there.
    Perhaps if I have a wreck there I can sue Anderson County like Lea Beasemore, only I would win.

  • C’mon, folks, let’s dish a little dirt

    I love science and all its “ologies,” especially meteorology, archaeology, entomology, geology and pedology, the study of dirt.
    So, I thought I’d combine all of the above this week, because we make an impact on all of them, right here in our own back yards.
    So let’s dish a little dirt.

  • Downs the plant murderer

    Mitt Romney is dying.
    I didn’t intend to kill him. I only wanted to brighten up my new apartment, but I’m slowly torturing the poor guy, watering him one day and leaving him to wilt the next.
    It’s supposed to be difficult to kill geraniums.
    But no plant, not even Mitt Romney the pink geranium, is safe from my black gardener’s thumb.
    It doesn’t matter what party: Republican, Democrat, Communist. Death by my careless hands is the great equalizer when it comes to houseplants.
    Some people keep scrapbooks.

  • No excuses accepted for NASCAR nightmare

    If I hear one more lame apology from the people who “manage” the Kentucky Speedway, I’ll vomit.
    I don’t want apologies for Saturday’s inexcusable traffic nightmare at the track, and I certainly am not interested in hearing about learning curves and arriving early.

  • Anderson County’s bourbon a hit with soldiers following Civil War

    Early Anderson County was rich in farmland with tobacco, hay, corn, wheat, hogs, cattle, sheep and hemp raised.
    Another pride of Anderson farmers was the horses and mules it raised. However, stills were abundant all over the county before the Civil War; through oral history interviews I counted at least 50, but these were all small operations. However, two legends of note were created by the quality of the booze.

  • Summer includes plenty of pickin’, fishin’ and swimmin’

    Whenzitready? A one-word question I hear a lot these days. I love it. It means people are growing things.
    The best part of growing your own vegetables is you get to pick them when their flavor is peaking. My grandfather always carried a knife and a salt shaker in his pocket in the summer. He liked to test things right in the garden.