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Today's Opinions

  • Authors abound in Lawrenceburg

    The only thing that comes close to giving birth is writing.
    And I’m not the only one who thinks so.
    Anyone who writes — even just by texting or sending e-mails — understands how difficult it can be to find the right word.
    I once spent three weeks trying to remember the word “efficacy.”
    “Dilapidated” will forever haunt me as the word that vanquished me in the third round of the regional spelling bee.

  • Difficult decisions help maintain fiscally stable school budget

    Every year, just a few months after a new school year begins, the Anderson County Board of Education begins its financial planning for the next school year.
    In the fall, the district begins planning by making projections for student enrollment and average daily attendance (ADA).
    ADA is the foundation for each districts’ SEEK funding, as public school districts receive a flat rate per student based on ADA, not enrollment.
    For 2012-13 the rate, will revert back to 2008 levels at $3,833 per student in ADA; this amount is less than the previous year.

  • Cleaning, playing will help burn unwanted calories

    It’s time to weed the garden.
    I like being outdoors but weeding isn’t my favorite activity. I’d rather be walking or hiking somewhere else.  At least I can count it as part of my daily physical activity.
    So I don’t have to walk three miles every day to stay physically active. Here are some activities that you may have on your “to-do” list and approximately how many calories you will burn while you are doing them.

  • Letters to the editor: ‘Angry Beasmore’ looking for headlines

    To the editor:
    This letter is in response to the article in the paper on May 16 regarding “Angry Beasmores demands answers.”
    First and foremost, I am confused as to why the Beasmores are demanding answers to questions when they already have been informed of the answers. Ms. Beasmore attended the court proceeding regarding the Marrs property. Everyone at the proceeding learned that this property is in litigation to dissolve a business partnership, and that it is up to the court to make a decision regarding what happens to it.

  • Editorial: Mention of tax increase dampens spending spree

    The dollars being discussed were in the millions, and flashed across the school board’s dazzling array of big-screen TV monitors faster than Facebook’s stock price fell on its second day of trading.
    The school board never blinked Monday night while hearing about an eye-popping plan that calls for spending in excess of $23 million in proposed building plans and improvements.

  • Uncovering the secrets of the motherhood

    They don’t hold hands, swaying back and forth in an unbroken circle to summon ancient powers of parenthood.
    Mothers hold other, tiny hands in the grocery store.
    Mostly to keep those same hands from grabbing large, powdery bags of flour and dumping them on the floor.
    They walk beside tricycles as plastic wheels rumble across pavement.
    They wipe their own eyes watching the same tricyclist, now grown up, walk across the stage at graduation or down the aisle.

  • Clover in yard keeps pests out of garden

    This Sunday is the full flower moon and Mother Nature has gone all out to decorate. I simply love watching all the wildflowers show their colors on the farm and along the roadside.
    While most of the wild phlox purples have faded, hairy vetch still offers its royal colors.
    The snow white blossoms of the brambles are hanging all for all their worth. Add to that the fields of white clover surrounding the wild roses, all in a sea of green, and my canvas is complete.

  • Obama should run for different presidency

    To the editor:
    In recent weeks I have watched the news and special events going on for the re-election of [President] Obama and I’ve come to the conclusion that yes, he should run and be nominated but for something other then the president of the United States.
    I think he would make an excellent candidate for the Screen Actor’s Guild (now known as SAG-AFTRA), and should make a run to become the president of that labor union.