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Today's Opinions

  • ACLU Bible threat just the beginning

    The American Civil Liberties Union is just getting warmed up, and elected officials running public meetings in Anderson County better dang well listen up and start preparing for the inevitable.
    By warning the school district about Bible distribution by the Gideons, the ACLU has proved its tentacles have no limits, even into a state where most of what that bunch presses for is flatly ignored — outside of Lexington and Louisville, that is.

  • Mystery of the missing grapes

    I am a natural born morning person. I like to watch the sun come up and brighten my day. Every day the grass and weeds get taller. The mower blades are almost shot and the weed trimmer is whining for the repair shop. We’ve had a lot of growth this summer and we have 25 more days of it.
    As the season winds down, I kick in to winter mode. I like to stock the shelves with all things necessary to get through the winter by the end of September. Because the more I get carried in now, the less I have to carry up the hill when the drive in covered in snow and ice.

  • From the education desk: Bibles, ACT and attendance

    I look pretty good in hats.
    And I wear a few of them: features writer, page designer, city government beat reporter and amateur expert in how to cover the Fair and Horse Show pageants.
    In this week’s column, I’ll put on the hat I reserve for education news (not sure what kind of literal hat that would be, but you can use your imagination) in a quick round-up of some interesting education news from the last few weeks.

    God isn’t dead even if we may not be able to pass out Bibles in school

  • Nothing ‘decent’ about Herndon’s column

    I became enraged as I read [sports editor] John Herndon’s column entitled “What happened to decency?” concerning the recent bill passed in California that protects transgender students’ right to choose the gendered sport and locker room that matches their gender identity.

  • ‘Stupidity’ evident in Obamacare, Middle East

    To the editor:
    The dictionary defines stupidity as slow to learn or lacking intelligence. Practical applications of both definitions can be observed in the outcomes of the U.S. Congress and the White House. Salient examples abound.

  • Bikers more than meets the eye

    To the editor:
    Cruising down I-75 this past Tuesday, motorists gave a double take as they witnessed Hoss Cartwright breezing down the Interstate on his POW MIA Harley trike with a shower chair strapped to the passenger seat.
    Hoss, a highly decorated Vietnam vet and member of the Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club (VNVMC) was escorted by Ed Peirce, also a Vietnam Vet, and member of the Second Brigade Motorcycle Club (SBMC) as well as Joanne Hunter, a Marine Corps Nurse Vet. They were headed to Berea to offer aid to a veteran brother with a broken leg.

  • Sign ordinance has major, minor flaws

    Column as I see ’em …
    It’s a shame that after years of effort and no small amount of compromise the new sign ordinance being proposed by the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce does absolutely nothing to fix the current ordinance’s fatal flaw.
    Not that the chamber could do a thing about that flaw, which is simply that two zoning boards of adjustments — one city, one county — can override the ordinance at will by granting waivers.

  • Believe in golden rule: reduce, reuse and recycle

    Wow! There’s only two more Saturdays in August and a realization just dawned on me.
    For the last decade or so I have run my produce stand from Memorial Day to Labor Day. That’s my idea of summer. After Labor Day, I switch over to tutoring on Saturdays. So, besides the holiday breaks I’m always working, off the farm, six days a week. This year is going to be different.