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Today's Opinions

  • Home-schoolers hit government schools where it hurts most: the wallet

    To the editor:
    I would like to thank Editor Ben Carlson for his latest column in The Anderson News and for giving a platform to address his question, “What will it hurt to have home-schooled students play sports in public schools.”
    Truly, what will it hurt?
    I could sit here and argue each point that Mr. Carlson outlined in his column, however, I truly believe the bottom line is what this hurts is the pocketbook and ego of our lawmakers.

  • Carlson’s take on home-schoolers playing public sports just wrong

    Ben Carlson is my boss, but when it comes to whether home-schooled children should be allowed to play sports on school teams, he’s just wrong.
    A week ago, Carlson penned a column asking what would it hurt if children whose parents have opted to educate their children at home instead of in a public or private school were allowed to play interscholastic sports.

  • Growing up with 9/11

    At 12, I preferred to color between the lines.
    I was probably darkening my doodled, misshapen stars in my notebook when my seventh grade teacher received the call.
    He rushed out of the room, and rushed back in to turn on the loop of a plane, a tower and a TV screen full of smoke.
    As a 12-year-old, my post-9/11 world still rotated around the typical routine: after school snacks, play rehearsal, church on Sundays.
    I couldn’t predict that my world, by 2011, would be in danger of tilting off its axis.

  • Lack of 9/11 event here a real shame

    Column as I see ’em …
    The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks weren’t atop my mind Sunday morning as I cruised down North Main while trying to finish my weekend honey-do list.
    Why would it be? Not one public agency in Anderson County had planned a memorial service or otherwise — at least that they bothered to tell the newspaper about.

  • Lay that donkey down and rest in God’s love

    A young boy and an old man were walking with a donkey when a group of people passed by.
    “Isn’t that ridiculous that no one’s riding that donkey,” one person said.
    So, the old man told the boy to ride the donkey.
    Another group of people passed by and someone said, “That’s terrible! Look at that young boy riding that donkey while the old man walks.”

  • Small life changes can add up to big bucks

    I always get up with the birds. Thankfully, they’ve been sleeping in lately.
    As summer comes to an end, our daylight wanes and plants and animals adapt. It’s the cycle of life and adapting is the key to survival. If I didn’t get to hibernate a little in the winter, I’d never survive. I’d be too pooped.
    Sadly, hibernation is months away and we still have lots to do before then. Motivation is still the ticket to get us through. All I have to do to get my motor running is remember my relatives.

  • Don’t talk the talk if you can’t walk the walk

    Patience is not my virtue.
    I’m guessing it’s not yours, either.
    Time is precious, or so our strict schedules and ringing smart phones tell us.
    A typical nightmare for me: a never-ending line at the airport terminal with nothing to read.
    Honestly, that scares me more than Norman Bates or Freddy Krueger.  
    Parking downtown, however, isn’t exactly the Nightmare on Main Street that I’ve heard about.

  • It’s all about the children, sort of

    What would it hurt for children schooled at home to play athletics in the public schools?
    There certainly are plenty of rules that forbid that from happening here in Kentucky, and legal decisions from the courts to back them up, so spare me the usual oatmeal responses, please.
    Instead, answer the question as posed and tell me what it would actually hurt?