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Today's Opinions

  • Some real facts about mandatory trash, recycling

    Column as I see ’em …
    I was off hunting deer last week and had no intention of climbing out of my tree stand to respond to a letter to the editor in last week’s paper from David Steedly.
    But that doesn’t mean I’m letting that letter go unanswered.
    Steedly, a member of the county’s environmental committee, thought it necessary to “provide some factual information” to clear up an editorial I wrote the previous week.

  • Bring summertime inside this winter season

     Now that we have fallen back in time, so to speak, our biological clocks are adjusting, albeit slowly. My normal wake up hour has shifted from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.
    It should have gone the other way, but it never does in the winter. The wildlife on the farm seem to follow the same routine.
    Since the sun sleeps in a little longer, so do the birds and other critters, including us. I miss the flurry of activity in the yard during those early hours.

  • Future of Kentucky tourism: recreational pot

    In the post-election buzz, Kentucky marijuana tourism probably didn’t cross your mind.  
    But the media, having turned its gaze away from analyzing every aspect of the presidential race, is starting to refocus on a measure recently passed in Colorado and Washington — legal recreational marijuana.
    An amendment that Kentuckians may be voting on sooner than you think.

  • T.O.U.C.H. to collect relief donations

    To the editor:
    T.O.U.C.H. received the following post on our Facebook page. Bill Beuckman is a member of the organization. His family of firefighters was hit hard by Sandy. We are working with him trying to collect donations for those hit by this superstorm.
    Here is the post that came to our Facebook page:
    “Firefighter Bill Beuckman (JERSEY) and Firefighter Lance Beuckman (JJ) on Boone Trail Emergency Services has family on Long Beach Island, N.J., which was one of the hardest hit areas in NJ.

  • King’s road to victory not an easy one

    To the editor:
    Last Tuesday, Kim King was overwhelmingly re-elected to represent Anderson County in the Kentucky House of Representatives. She was able to do this with many powerful entities working hard against her. After all was said and done, Kim King not only won her seat district wide, she won Anderson County, even though her opponent Kent Stevens was from Anderson County.

  • Tell officials to support recycling building

    To the editor:
    On behalf of the Anderson County Environmental Community, I would like to provide some factual information to clear up the editorial from Nov.7, “Tell magistrates to protect Earth and your wallet.”
    Last spring, the committee, with support and approval from both the county and city, applied for and received a $125,000 grant to purchase equipment to improve Anderson’s recycling program.  

  • Time to do away with constables

    Column as I see ’em …
    It looks like Kentucky is on its way to doing something that should have been done decades ago: getting rid of the elected position of constable.
    A report released last week by the Department of Criminal Justice Training was sort of a Capt. Obvious moment for many who already knew that the position is about as useless as a bucket without a bottom.
    The report calls constables “irrelevant as an arm of law enforcement,” which is actually much kinder than the description I would have offered.

  • Try healthy alternatives to holiday favorites

    Cool weather has arrived, the stores are full of holiday decorations and turkeys are in the freezer. The holiday season is almost here.