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Today's Opinions

  • A chance to meet living history

    Ella Belle Overstreet Baxter graciously welcomed me into her home.
    But what she didn’t know what was that I wanted her secret to long life.
    Saving that, her portal to the past.
    Ella has watched Anderson County evolve for about 100 years.
    She’s been alive for both World Wars, minor and major military conflicts abroad.
    She watched distilleries flourish, then wilt; lacking liquid courage they needed during the years of Prohibition.
    The clicks of Morse Code transformed into the pings of incoming text messages.

  • Censorship a slippery slope for health board

    Column as I see ’em …
    Shut up.
    Those two words together can be rather offensive, can’t they? They become even more so when those in authority decide not only if we’re allowed to speak, but limit what we’re allowed to even say.

  • Lousy winter prediction means time to prepare

    I love nature. The beautiful sounds of the morning birds serenading me, joined by the magnificent sight of fall leaves bordering the bright green hay fields, makes me stop in my tracks every time. Then, I remember that winter is coming.

  • Trick-or-treat hours should be set to later time

    To the editor:
    The celebration of Halloween climaxes with the trick-or-treaters going door to door throughout our neighborhoods.
    Typically, this is done at sundown as it used to be done in Lawrenceburg.
    For the past two years the time has been move to an earlier time in the evening.
    This has taken some of the fun and spookiness out of the experience for everyone.
    As very large supporters of Halloween, we decorate every year for this fun and spooky event.

  • Company cut trees despite being told not to

    To the editor:
    In September, a man representing Blue Grass Energy stopped at our home. He was checking with homeowners about trees directly under or surrounding power lines.
    My husband said he was asking for permission to cut down or trim these trees. He told the man he could trim but not cut the trees along our front driveway.
    Those trees, water maples, were planted or put out with the help of my dad, Floyd Stratton. He passed away in 2001, so these trees are or were of great value to me.

  • Culvert thief invited to attend church

    To the editor:
    This letter is to the man who stole the cast iron culvert from the driveway at 216 Horn Drive.
    I know who you are, so don’t think you got away without anyone knowing.
    I really don’t care about the culvert, and probably would have given it to you had you asked.
    I do, however, care about you.
    I forgive you for taking that which did not belong to you. I have been praying for you and invite you to the Sunday morning service at Lawrenceburg First Baptist Church to hear about God’s love for you.
    Mickey Bond

  • Send Halloween photos via Facebook to the News

    Facebook doesn’t have to be reserved to funny cat videos.
    It can also be an engaging way for us — the newsroom and the newspaper reader — to dialogue and share Anderson County through community photos.
    More than half of Facebook’s 800 million active users log into Facebook every day, according to Facebook statistics.
    And I’m guessing that our readers are some of those same people.
    Just a hunch.
    As community journalists, we’re always looking for ways to connect the newsstands to the realm of digital media.

  • Conway’s intervention likely doomed to fail

    Column as I see ’em …
    Prediction: Health Director Brandon Hurley isn’t going to be fired tonight (Wednesday).
    In fact, if Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway makes good on his promise to make a motion to have him fired, odds are better than 50-50 his motion won’t even get a second.
    Here’s why: A majority of the health board serves as Hurley’s enablers and, because they have allowed him to continue his destructive actions, they are now his codependents.