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Today's Opinions

  • Don’t put one man’s profit motives ahead of overall public interest

    To the editor:
    I read with great interest the article titled “Upset residents lobby for, get public hearing,” [in last week’s newspaper].
    I attended and participated in all planning and zoning meetings regarding Mr. Larry Cann’s zoning change request within the vicinity of Harry Wise Road, including the fiscal court meeting which this article featured.

  • Strange beats normal any day

    Kentucky, you’re strange.
    Since I’ve crossed the state line, Kentucky’s fed me a steady diet of weirdness.
    Please, take that as the highest of compliments.
    I distrust normalcy, though I’ve spent the better part of two decades striving for it.  
    Perfectly hand-drawn circles.
    A flawless driver’s license photo.
    Walking and talking at the same time.
    I’ve concluded that these impossible feats must be symptomatic of the insane.  

  • It’s time to pick a Constitutional fight

    It’s time to take a stand, dear readers, against the usurpers in state government who hand down toothless, unconstitutional dictates on how we, as a county, govern ourselves.
    For months our city council and fiscal court have bounced around the idea of merged government, with the main impetus being to reign in what are clearly unconstitutional taxing districts that have no direct accountability to the people of Anderson County.

  • Make sure to scrub garden delights

    T-Shirts and sweatshirts … it’s that kind of weather.
    Fall officially arrives this Friday, bringing both the good and the bad.
    Those who dislike hot weather, love it. The rest of us, not so much.
    Like spring, fall is a roller coaster of weather fronts, bouncing us back and forth between hot and cold, sunny and rainy and breezes and gales. We can be in T-shirts and sandals one day and bundling up the next.

  • Questions, answers as election day nears

    Although the General Election is still 48 days away, we have been receiving numerous questions, so I thought we would get an early start and answer them in this month’s column.
    Question: When is the General Election and who is running for what?  
    Answer: Nov. 8 is the date. This year’s rlection is for statewide races, which include governor, secretary of state, agriculture commissioner, state auditor, state treasurer and attorney general.
    A complete list of candidates can be seen on the Secretary of State’s website at www.elect.ky.gov.

  • Taking issue with Herndon’s ‘arrogant, petty statements’

    To the editor:
    I am very offended by the following statement Sports Editor John Herndon made in his column last week in his column titled “Carlson’s take on home-schoolers playing public sports just wrong”: “The bottom line is clear: If a school is not good enough to educate a child, why is it suddenly good enough for a child to have the privilege of playing a sport?”
    I am a product of public school education. At this present time I am a home school educator of my first grade daughter and three other preschool children.

  • ACT scores symptom of public school ills

    This year Anderson County High School juniors took the ACT test. This is the third year that the scores have been consistently leveling out at 18.3, which is below the national average of 21.1, and the state composite scores of 18.8.
    Other counties have scored higher than Anderson. Some of those are Franklin at 19, Spencer at 18.7, and Shelby at 18.7.

  • Adventures in aloneness

    I linger now where I used to fear to tread — being alone.
    Stepping out into the world by myself, even for a moment, can  be a dangerous endeavor.
    They say we’re born into the world alone, and in the same way, we die alone.
    But no one talks about the in between, or how we’re supposed to be alone in the midst of living.
    My solo forays into the social wild are fleeting. You could even say they’re not risky at all.
    A trip to the grocery store. The movies. A nice restaurant.