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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Examining stupidity, ignorance

    As I observe my fellow classmates, peers and citizens in general, I see a common denominator. Stupidity at its best. Look around yourself right now; I’m sure you’ll see it, too. Whether on television, text (written documents, not text messaging), or coming straight from the person sitting in front of you, it’s highly prevalent in today’s society.
    Now, notice a child’s behavior and marvel at something truly remarkable: ignorance rather than stupidity.

  • Throw a tea party — for your garden

    I am a sunshine girl! After 23 years in Arizona, I have a hard time getting through weeks of rain and clouds. I was almost on the edge of depression, and then the sun came out. There’s always a silver lining. At least we haven’t had to water!
    All this cool and damp weather makes our plants prime targets for a whole host of problems. There is gray mold, dampening off (pythium), septoria and more, all making life difficult for plants to grow and thrive.

  • Are you ready to meet God?

    To the editor:
    I am sure that if you watch the news at all, you saw the stories about Harold Camping last week and his predictions that the world would come to an end May 21.  He even went so far as to give the time of day that we could expect the rapture: 6 p.m.
    He and his followers spent millions to advertise and warn people of the impending doomsday. But after much debate and money spent, May 21 came and went and we are still here.  

  • Conway, Denny bad, Brandon Hurley good

    To the editor:
    I just hate politics.
    Any system where leadership is dictated by a popularity contest instead of education or experience is critically flawed.
    Let’s take a look at our newly elected County Judge John Wayne Conway. Since January, he has proposed increasing the county’s budget $500,000. That’s considerable in the worst economy most of us have ever seen. Unemployment is rampant, so what does our illustrious leader do but follow suit with the Democratic, Obama-style governing and spend, spend, spend.

  • Petition formed to reign in library

    To the editor:
    The May 18 issue of The Anderson News stated that the Anderson Public Library had $375,000 included in the budget just passed for retirement of one-half of the remaining building debt.
    The stated plan also called for paying off the remaining $375,000 the next budget year. Next budget year the Library’s baseline budget will bring in another $375,000 without an additional tax increase because of the compensating rate requirement that the revenue for that year not be less than the year before.