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Today's Opinions

  • Where, exactly, is Anderson County’s pride?

    I went to the Kentucky State Fair on Saturday.
    Freddy Farm Bureau was sitting in that same spot on the right side of the main entrance to Freedom Hall where he has talked to kids for more than 50 years. And he still wears size 31 shoes.
    You can still get those unbelievably good boneless pork chop sandwiches, corn dogs and funnel cakes just about everywhere you look. In the West Wing, rows and rows of cattle from all over Kentucky and surrounding states were lined up, just as they have been since the current fairgrounds opened in 1956.

  • A haunting in Lawrenceburg

    Ghosts haunt downtown Lawrenceburg.
    I’m not the only one who can see them.
    They’re empty, lingering shells of the lives they once led, cut short by a death that cannot be easily be explained or understood.
    In all the places I’ve lived, I’ve never seen restaurants open so hopefully and die so quickly.
    In my quest to find the answers to downtown’s problems, including the extreme lack of restaurants on Main Street, I thought to go directly to the source — the restaurant owner.

  • Conway yet to be politically corrected

    When God was passing out guts, Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway apparently snuck back in line for a second helping.
    I’ve attended public meetings for more years than I care to recall and can’t think if a single time I’ve watched an elected official act as brazenly as Conway did during last week’s board of health meeting.

  • Consumers should be wary of greedy sharks

    I will get off the topic of religion this week.
    I have a different bone to pick with companies gouging consumers.
    Last year I installed gas logs to heat with propane to offset the unbelievably high electric costs I’m charged.
    I truly enjoyed the propane heat last year and filled my tank in the early fall to save some money.  The cost to fill 400 gallons was $1.69 per gallon, or roughly $700, last September.

  • Tackle your garden bounty with new recipes

    It occurred to me the other day that I haven’t thanked you all lately for reading this column so faithfully.  
    Your questions and comments are always wonderful and I really appreciate hearing them.  I know you don’t all live in Anderson County, but I got a question the other night all the way from Wisconsin and a comment from Texas a couple of weeks ago.   Now that is dedication, or maybe desperation.
    The most frequently asked question lately was what can I do with all this .... you fill in the vegetable.  

  • Carlson should leave health dept. alone

    To the editor:
    For the past two weeks I have been pleasantly surprised that [Anderson News editor] Ben Carlson has not written any negative editorials regarding the Anderson County Health Department.
    At first I thought I had bought the wrong newspaper. Maybe I was in the wrong county? Was this the Twilight Zone?
    Finally the health department was not the target of criticism by Mr. Carlson.

  • Fiddling with ethics while journalism burns

    Vulnerability is the kryptonite of the journalist.
    You’re not supposed to see us cry. Not even flinch.
    Reporters are known to sweat blood and eat the still-quivering flesh of our slain enemies.
    Phone hacking, however, is going too far. Even for a journalist.
    While most people bemoaned the shattered glass debt ceiling of the US government, I’ve been mourning the death of a tabloid.

  • Help us, Mr. Davis!

    To: Steve Davis, acting commissioner
    of the state Department of Public Health
    From: Worried Anderson County taxpayers

    Dear Mr. Davis;
    We are absolutely thrilled to hear that you will make an appearance during the Anderson County Board of Health meeting, scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Extension building.