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Today's Opinions

  • Assistance needed for Wall of Honor

    To the editor:
    The Veterans Wall of Honor is in need of funds for maintenance of landscaping.
    We are asking for the community’s help with this beautiful area of Lawrenceburg.
    No veteran has ever had to pay for his or her name to be placed on the Veterans Wall.
    Donations may be mailed to Veterans Wall of Honor, P.O. Box 672, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.

  • Support urged for community theater

    To the editor:
    If you haven’t heard of them before, I want to introduce you to the Anderson Community Theater.
    This group of actors consists mainly of our local residents with a lot of talent.

  • Checklist to ensure child is kindergarten-ready

    Is your child ready for kindergarten?
    In Kentucky, children are admitted to kindergarten by age. If a child is age 5 by Oct. 1 of the school year, then the child is eligible for kindergarten.
    In Kentucky, school readiness means that each child enters school ready to benefit from early learning experiences that promote a child’s success. Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, all kindergarten students in Kentucky’s public schools will be screened with the BRIGANCE Kindergarten Screen.

  • Are we ignoring cancer?

    Cancer has become so common as to be ignored.
    We hear reports about it the news.
    We know it’s the No. 2 killer of American men and women, right behind heart disease.
    We see pink ribbons on bumper stickers, on license plates.
    I feel like the power of hearing a word like “cancer” has been reduced to a dull roar, mixed in with all of the other harmful things that could and might and probably will kill us someday.
    Car accidents.
    Alzheimer’s disease.
    Cancer.

  • Four decades required to pay for city’s errors

    Column as I see ’em …
    If you could receive $5,500 from a state agency by simply responding to an email, would you do it?
    Of course you would, that is unless you are in city government.
    In the past two years, city officials have squandered $11,000 by not responding to emails from the state’s Division of Waste Management that required little more than clicking “reply,” typing in “We’ll take the money” and clicking “send.”

  • Plants rarely stink, but they do smell

    I’m not a big fan of turtles right now. In one night, some
    hard-shelled slow poke chopped down 60 of my tomato plants. I didn’t say anything out loud when I saw them, but I was thinking about all my relatives who like turtle soup.
    OK, so I have plenty more plants, but these were already planted, dang it.
    I researched methods to deter turtles and found out a sprinkling of diatomaceous earth around the plant will do the trick. Until then, I’m keeping them dusted with baby powder.

  • Willing to pay for more sports

    To the editor:
    I read sports editor’s column in last week’s paper about his concern for the expansion of Kentucky High School Athletic Association sports.
    The column leaves the reader thinking the KHSAA is on a tear, adding new sports right and left.
    In fact, until this year the KHSAA has not sanctioned a new sport for member schools since 1978. It has in fact been a long drought when it comes to adding popular and accessible sports in high school athletics.

  • Keeping dry eye impossible during Memorial Day ceremony

    It happens every Memorial Day.
    Camera in hand, I go to the ceremony at the Healing Field bound and determined not to get misty eyed during the service.
    After all, I’m a working, impartial journalist there to report and photograph, not participate.
    Then someone says or does something that gets me going, my throat gets a lump and I have to pretend I have a speck of dirt in my eye.
    This year was no different. I was fine for a while, snapping photos of praying and saluting veterans and their families while trying not to detract from the ceremony.