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Today's Opinions

  • No reason to keep using Frankfort’s jail

    Column as I see ’em …
    The days of taxpayers here subsidizing the jail in Franklin County should be over.
    Our inmates can be transported to the moon for all I care, so long as our police officers and jailer never again have to deal with Franklin County Jailer Billy Roberts.
    During last Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting, our jailer, Joani Clark, had finally had enough and told magistrates about Roberts’ behavior, and that she is negotiating with Shelby County to move our inmates there.

  • Pay teachers we need, not the ones we don’t

    The Anderson County Board of Education cannot hope to obtain and retain the best and brightest teachers by continuing to employ even one teacher too many.
    News last week that the district employs, by its own staffing formula, 13 teachers it doesn’t need is a slap in the face to every needed teacher in the district.
    They are the ones who had to grovel earlier this year to avoid having the number of days they work reduced, which would amount to a pay cut.
    They are the ones who have lived through pay freezes.

  • Obama, congress should adopt Superman’s credo

    To the editor:
    Our Constitution requires the president to give information of the state of the union to Congress and recommend such measures as “he shall judge necessary and expedient …”
    Congress received no such information from President Obama on Jan. 25. No specific measures were recommended to address the 50.2 million impoverished Americans or any of the other well-known problems that range from debt and meaningless wars to the tyrannical lobby industry.

  • City should own up to mistakes that ended in baby’s death

    To the editor:
    I want to let people know how I feel about the mayor and the City of Lawrenceburg officials.
    I feel they are all incompetent to even have jobs where it concerns people’s lives. The police force has “Serve and Protect” on its cruisers, but it doesn’t seem that applies to everybody who lives in Anderson County.

  • March — and its smorgasbord of weather — is here

    Happy March. In like a lion and out like a lamb, March is typically a smorgasbord of weather. One day makes it feel like summer is just around the corner and the next surprises us with snow showers. It’s a tough month to garden in the field. Gardening in the house is easier.
    This is the month to start your seeds indoors for those summer veggies you’ll be transplanting in May. Seeds, trays of dirt, warmth and sunlight (or lamplight) are basically all you need to get going.

  • Support legislation that would prohibit flag desecration

    By Pam Rice

  • COLUMN: I’m sorry, sort of

    I owe taxpayers an apology, but I’m really not that sorry.
    A couple of months ago I donated the cost of an insert into The Anderson News Extra (the version of this paper that shows up in mailboxes each Monday) to the fiscal court as a means of supporting its burgeoning recycling efforts.
    The insert featured information about how homeowners can access the recycling program, including having items picked up.

  • COLUMN: No 'good' in goodbye?

    Last Wednesday, I sent a really difficult e-mail to about 50 people here in town.
    The contents of that e-mail certainly don’t get any easier to repeat, but here goes nothing.
    In case you haven’t heard or read by now, in exactly one week from today (Wednesday), I will be leaving The Anderson News to become the editor of The Spencer Magnet in Taylorsville.