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Today's Opinions

  • One detests bullies, the other yellow signs

    We all knew them in school, the children who for whatever reason were constantly the butt-end of jokes, taunts and in some cases physical abuse.
    They were either too heavy or thin or had too many pimples.
    They wore entirely the wrong clothes, had entirely the wrong kind of footwear and hung out with entirely the wrong crowd — if they hung out with anyone at all.
    Their grades were either too high or low, making them book nerds or “retards.” They were too short or tall, and if the latter, chastised for being too clumsy to play sports.

  • Kentucky phrases are like music for those listenin’

    “Lord have mercy, children,” my mother would say, when something really bad was going on.
    She used another colloquialism; it was “Law-zee-day.” I spelled it phonetically because I don’t really know what she was saying. But when she said it, I knew something wasn’t right, for sure.
    I grew up in Harlan, so of course I heard plenty of colorful phrases.   

  • Needs, including food pantry’s, continue to grow

    To the editor:
    In these hard economic times, many businesses find they have a shortage of customers. Not so at the Open Hands Community Food Pantry. We are serving an additional 60 percent more clients than we did one year ago.
    In fact, with the growing needs of Anderson County, we moved to a new building in 2010 and we’re planning to expand our services beyond the provision of food. Our larger facility will allow us to meet additional needs in the community, such as a medical clinic and soup kitchen.
    These are just a few of our communities needs.

  • Candidates should drop rhetoric, perform duties

    In all my years of public service, I don’t remember a time that I have heard as many speeches, read as many comments in the media and listened to as many hallway conversations in which so little of value was said than this past week.
    Do I understand why people are so upset with the political process?  I certainly do.  
    I became extremely frustrated myself as to what I could say to contribute. For those who watched the floor speeches this past week, you would have noticed the absence of any comment by me.

  • ‘Annie’ a must-see

    To the editor:
    If you have not been to see the Anderson County High School’s Act Cats production of Annie, you are doing yourself a disservice.
    You need to bring your children, your parents, your neighbors and anyone you can fit in your car and get them there to see this incredibly talented group of students put on one of the best amateur performances I have ever seen.
    My son is in the play and of course my, ahem, unbiased opinion is that he’s great, but I want to give kudos to everyone involved in this production.

  • Honesty abounds on cart crew

    To the editor:
    Sunday evening I had left my wallet in the cart at Walmart.
    After getting a few miles down the road I realized I had lost my wallet. I went back to Walmart, went to the office and the manager said one of the guys on the cart crew had returned my wallet.
    I am so very thankful to this person.
    Emy Womack
    Lawrenceburg

  • Goodbye, 'Mr. Chip'

    To the editor:
    When you’re a man you have to be really careful about your feelings and emotions, and how you express them.  There are certain things that real men just aren’t supposed to do. No tears, no sad farewells, no feelings of real loss that anyone might notice. Be strong, be confident in who you are as a man. No cracks in that armor that might show sensitivity on your part, after all you have that image that society expects you to maintain.  

  • Call Forestry Service before allowing logging

    o the editor:
    An out-of-town company came into Anderson County to log my hardwood trees. The owner offered such a great deal (so it seemed) to cut logs on our 170 acres.
    He promised the moon.
    We live two-thirds of a mile back a dirt road. His first promise was to build a road out of special material to be smooth for us and hold up forever.