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Today's Opinions

  • Here’s a better way to raise taxes

    Information I shared in last week’s column about pending trouble for the library included some incorrect information.
    The accurate information, though, is even more troubling, depending on where one stands on taxes and how they are levied.
    Last week I wrote about a lawsuit against the public library in Campbell County, brought by citizens who maintain that it has been illegally setting tax rates.
    It’s a complicated case, which last Friday was taken out of circuit court there and sent into federal court.

  • Caring for plants, colds aren’t very different

    Having a cold is not my idea of a good time.
    Sleeping becomes particularly annoying. The nose stops up, the mouth drops open and the next thing you know you’re drooling all over your pillowcase.
    Whenever a bug has the nerve to enter my body, I go into full battle mode. Besides drinking gallons of herbal teas, water and juice, I start sucking down oranges and bananas, like ET going after Reece’s Pieces. I also take aspirin on a regular basis, eat right and try my best to sleep.

  • Take time to help, care for elderly

    To the editor:
    If you don’t have contact with the elderly, you don’t know what you’re missing.
    Ever wonder what you’re grandmother, grandfather or any other elderly person does all day? Oh, I’m sure some of them are still very active & spend a lot of time with their families, but what about the Ms. Jones who lives on your street? She may not be so active or have family close by.

  • Use paper to foster pride in county

    To the editor:
    I find that one of the best ways to learn about your community is by reading the local newspaper, and after moving to Lawrenceburg, my family and I became immediate subscribers.
    Week after week I anxiously awaited the arrival of the paper to see what type of entertaining story would be reported on the front page. The Anderson News never disappoints.  

  • Make room for real people

    The writing process often looks like Russian nestling dolls.
    You may have seen them. One hollow doll fits inside another, smaller hollowed doll until you find yourself holding the smallest one in the palm of your hand.
    When it comes to framing a feature story, like the one on Mardi Gras Donuts, there are just some subplots that will never fit inside the larger scope of the story being told.
    This kills me every time.
    Journalism established itself on the cornerstone of word economy.
    Find the story.
    Establish the facts.

  • Redistricting suit puts dirty politics on display
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  • Prescription drug abuse was far from over

    We know bath salts and synthetic marijuana are quickly becoming a problem in Anderson County.
    But what about prescription pills?
    We’ve heard about the “pill mills” in Florida and Georgia, and the unflattering “pillbillies” nickname given to Kentuckians who travel across state lines as pain clinic customers.
    It’s not a new topic, not in the slightest.
    That’s the problem.
    Prescription drugs involve a danger unlike bath salts and synthetic marijuana: recommended human consumption.

  • Lawsuit spells trouble for Anderson library

    It appears the Anderson Public Library has for decades been taxing the public in violation of state law, and the ramifications for doing so could be tremendous.
    A mighty bold statement? You bet, but the facts don’t lie.
    We’ll explain why, but first a little background. The library is funded through what’s called a special taxing district, meaning it appears on your county property tax bill as a separate line item.
    Each year, the boards that oversee the health department and library create budgets and set a tax rate on your property.