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Today's Opinions

  • Business license renewals are due by July 1

    In 1987, the Anderson Fiscal Court enacted an ordinance that required anyone conducting business in Anderson County during the fiscal year to purchase a business license.
    The ordinance requires the Anderson County clerk to issue the licenses and collect all associated fees.

  • America’s second Declaration of Independence

    This July 4 marks the nation’s 236th anniversary from British rule. However, 2012 is also another important date in our nation’s history. This year marks our 200th anniversary from our second independence from British domination during the War of 1812.

  • Bee garden great way to give back to earth

    Sunrise to sunset, summer is awesome.
    Yes, I know it can get hot, but just watch everything grow.
    The warm evening temperatures have given tomatoes and peppers a big jump. Squash is appearing overnight.
    Blackberries are getting blacker by the day. Mother Nature is in full swing.

  • CASA needs Anderson board members

    To the editor:
    The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) serving Franklin and Anderson counties is in immediate need of individuals willing to serve as active members on the board of directors or assist the organization by volunteering in other capacities.
    CASA (www.franklin-andersoncountycasa.org) is a private, non-profit organization that provides trained volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children involved in Family Court.

  • Restaurant owner provided ‘blessing’

    To the editor:
    After eating at Tony’s Bar-B-Que Barn after a group motorcycle ride to Lawrenceburg on June 20, my motorcycle would crank but not start.
    Tony Howard, the owner of the restaurant whom I’d never met, saw what was going on and asked if he could help. We informed Tony of the problem and he proceeded to empty the bed of his pickup truck.
    Tony, I and several friends from Southeast Christian Church in Louisville loaded my bike onto his truck, and Tony drove me to Louisville and dropped me off at home.

  • Who do you blame when good kids go bad?

    Thirty-five seconds.
    The video kept recording the humiliation for about 10 minutes, but I had seen enough to convince me.  
    What the eye sees, it can’t erase.
    So I procrastinated on viewing the infamous “Making the Bus Monitor Cry” for days. I knew about how horrible it was, and believed all of the outrage.  
    I don’t consider myself a member of the morality police, and typically err on the side of free speech.
    But the middle school boys portrayed in the video were not exercising First Amendment rights.

  • Preparing for return of ‘Flim-Flam Man’

    With our array of taxing districts poised to set tax rates later this summer, it seems only fitting that a 1960s movie titled “The Flim-Flam Man” included scenes shot right here in Lawrenceburg
    That movie featured a pair of drifters who teamed up to gain the confidence of locals while bilking them out of their money. The key, of course, was to never let the local rubes know that they were having their pockets picked, which isn’t all that different than the way the system to raise property taxes works.

  • Break out the hose and watch your garden grow

    Summer is official here and that means the real fun is about to begin.
    Cabbage, potatoes, and squash should be gracing dinner tables everywhere, and beans, corn, cucumbers and tomatoes aren’t far behind.
    While I love my winter casseroles, summer food is my favorite.