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Today's Opinions

  • Ripy House: Love at first sight

    I’ve fallen in love with a house.
    If I were a proper member of my generation, I would be in a serious relationship with my iPhone, not besotted with the T.B. Ripy House.
    Not the most conventional match, I know.
    As a part of my series on downtown Lawrenceburg, a tour of the only historic landmark designated by the historic district commission — a group looking to preserve a swath of Main Street residences and business— seemed essential.
    I don’t delight in the spoils of a war between a house and the wear and tear of time.

  • I’ll be the judge of what is fair

    Column as I see ’em …
    Before reading this, please take a moment to read the leadoff letter to the editor next door.
    Wasn’t that great? That is, hands down, the best letter I’ve received this year.
    The writer makes some interesting arguments, including that Anderson County and the City of Lawrenceburg would be better served were I in charge of everything. After all, who better to run everything than the person who knows everything about everything?

  • A view of Lawrenceburg through the curious eyes of a newcomer

    The most popular question people have asked me since I moved here—besides “Are you sure you’re 22?”— is “Where are you from?”
    Due to my nomadic past, I never know exactly what my answer should be.
    I’m like one of those hanging hydroponic tomato plants whose roots just sort of dangle there, never touching permanent soil.
    Sometimes I wish I had stronger roots to the places I lived.
    To make up for it, I try to surround myself with history of others.

  • Waiting to fix taxing districts not an option

    Taxpayers can’t afford to wait what could be five years to fix what Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway accurately describes as the county’s “out-of-control” taxing districts.
    During last Tuesday’s meeting of the city council and fiscal court, our elected officials made the first step in what will be a five-year process of merging together. (See story, A1.)

  • No rest for gardeners planning for next year

    Well, it’s the end of another month and fall is sneaking in on us. I know each season has the same amount of months in it, but summer sure seems to go by quicker. Like a $20 bill, once you break it, it goes fast.
    Those of us who garden big time are pretty tired by now. Unfortunately, our work is not done, and motivation is tough to find. So, let me help.

  • 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.