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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: Smith leaves legacy of outspoken honesty

    It’s hard to believe that in a matter of weeks, Larry Smith will no longer represent the county’s 5th Distrct on the fiscal court.
    That’s a shame.
    What’s even more of a shame is that the vast, vast majority of people who live here never bothered to attend a meeting to see him in action.
    Smith decided against seeking re-election this fall, which is likely the only way he would ever not have filled his seat on the court.

  • EDITORIAL: Cutting earmarks not enough

    Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell joined House Republicans on Monday in joining the chorus that favors banning all earmarks.
    He called the measure mostly symbolic, but one designed to ensure voters that he and others in D.C. heard them loud and clear Nov. 2.
    He’s right to assert that banning earmarks won’t put a dent in the federal budget deficit, which now runs into umpteen trillions.

  • COLUMN: A message from the heart

    Sometime around 4:30 Saturday afternoon, I checked my Facebook news feed much like I’d done about 50 times already that day, I’m sure.
    Typically, I can’t stand “chain statuses” — the Facebook equivalent of chain letters or e-mails. If it’s “best friend week,” or “pet week,” or “favorite food to eat when you were a fifth-grader week,” I just don’t care. I read just enough for the signal to go off in my head that this thought is unoriginal at best, and I move on.

  • COLUMN: Take advantage of odd November weather

    Who would have thought that we’d have 70-degree days in the middle of November?
    I just can’t figure out Kentucky’s weather and I’ve been trying for the past 14 years. Last year at this time the high was 54, with an average of 44 degrees. The year before that we had a high of 34 degrees. Maybe I brought a little Arizona weather back with me and it just took the scenic route.

  • LETTER: Generosity to vets appreciated

    To the editor:
    On behalf of all members of American Legion Post No. 34 and Auxiliary Unit No. 34, I wish to extend my heartfelt thanks to Open Bible Church (Jeff Tyler, pastor), Family Worship Center (Tony Andrade, pastor) and New Life Christian Church (Vern Huber, pastor) and the respective members of those churches in their generous recognition of all veterans by providing a delicious meal for those in attendance at the Veterans Day ceremony which took place on the Fairgrounds on Nov. 7.

  • LETTER: Support needed for House of Trees

    To the editor:
    I urge everyone in Anderson County to attend House of Trees on Friday, Nov. 19 or Saturday, Nov. 20 at the former Bill Waits Auto Mall.
    In 2002, I organized, with the help of family and friends, Relay For Life in Anderson County. This has become the most anticipated annual event celebrating life, remembering passed loved ones and raising money to defeat cancer.

  • LETTER: Plenty of Veterans Day opportunities

    To the editor:
    I gladly accepted the two Veterans Day invitations I received, one from King Middle School, the other from the Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg.
    It was an honor to be at King Middle School with Patriots, young and elderly, that served our country at home and on foreign soil.
    With CAL, I celebrated Veterans Day at the Lawrenceburg United Methodist Church. The Rev. John McDaniel delivered a heartfelt, first-hand account of his US Army experience.

  • COLUMN: We need rain, but we don’t need meth

    Column as I see ’em …
    When the lack of rain turned brown the combination of weeds and grass that make up my lawn, I wasn’t particularly pleased.
    When my wife started compensating for the drought by hosing down her precious flowers and such with pricey city water, I edged toward anger.
    But when I hear this getting-to-the-point-of-ridiculous drought has the potential to halt deer season, I was downright steamed.