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Today's Opinions

  • Conservation easements provide tax benefits

    To the editor:
    As part of a tax bill negotiated in January of this year, Congress extended until Dec. 31 the enhanced tax benefit that helps all of us who are interested in protecting working family farms, clean water, and natural areas.
    The law enhances the federal tax benefits for landowners who donate voluntary conservation agreements to organizations like Shelby Area Rural  

  • As fall looms, learn to store root crops

    Happy September. We now have 18 days until summer turns to fall.
    The orange and green farmer’s almanac already predicted a wet and chilly winter. The original Old Farmer’s Almanac with the pretty yellow cover won’t make their winter prediction until October. Though both were off with their predictions for last year.

  • Understanding violence and children

    In Duncan, Okla. three teens have been charged in connection with the murder of a 22-year-old man from Australia. The 15- and 16-year-old boys will be tried as adults and face life in prison without parole if convicted on the murder charge. The 17-year-old boy was charged with using a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and with accessory to first-degree murder after the fact. If convicted the 17 year old may receive a sentence of two years to life in prison.

  • Going west for one last summer road trip adventure

    Stephanie Blackwell’s vision of California is desert and Hollywood.
    She sees flat, open spaces.
    Of course, Blackwell’s never seen California, only heard about Great Aunt Bertie’s orange grove and almond trees, the garden and maybe geese at Bertie’s home in Selma, Calif.
    But after a late summer road trip spanning more than 2,000 miles, an estimated $1,000 budget for gas and about 10 states, California will be her new home for Blackwell and her son, William Smith, age 9 almost 10.

  • ‘Atta boy,’ support for last week’s column response to Herndon

    To the editor:
    I enjoyed reading Alex Chesser’s guest column in The Anderson News. I thought that what he wrote was thoughtful, well reasoned, and eloquent.
    I also felt that he showed significant courage in saying what he did, especially given the values that are common here.
    Given the sure to be controversial nature of what he wrote, I wanted to give him an “atta boy” and offer support (if he needs it) because of any negative feedback or personal attacks that may come his way because of it.
    Marvin Weinberger
    Lawrenceburg

  • Goal of ACLU is to purge faith out of Kentucky life for good

    To the editor:

  • 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.