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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the editor - 7.7

    Tourism, county made ‘honest mistakes’

    To the editor:

    I found your June 23 article regarding the tourism commission intriguing though, perhaps, a bit misleading.

    I felt as though I should wash my hands after reading it.

    I assume you meant to imply some overt impropriety on the part of the tourism commission. What I gleaned from the article was that good people, both in the tourism commission and county government with the good of Anderson County at heart, have made honest mistakes and oversights.

  • COLUMN: Incoming freshman class can exceed last year's

    I’m no UK basketball historian.

    I’ll put that out there in the very first line of this column because it needs to be noted.

    I am, however, a sports geek who believes he can put things in perspective fairly well while not carrying a bias in one way or another.

    With that said, the incoming men’s basketball freshman class at Kentucky will have a tough time reaching the lofty expectations their brethren from one year prior have now created. But they may go further when the calendar turns to March.

  • COLUMN: The lowdown on cornfield beans, sweet potatoes

    One of the things I love best about gardening is hearing people’s stories.

    The “I remember when” stories are the best and I always learn something. It’s usually grandma stories that focus on the end product like a big ol’ pot of beans and grandpa stories that focus on the how to like putting boards down to germinate the seeds.

  • Letters to the editor - 6.30

    Missed chance to protect dogs

    To the editor:

    As a man involved in promoting the protection of dogs in my own community and elsewhere, I have followed with interest the controversy surrounding the defeated proposal in Anderson County Fiscal Court which, if enacted, would have improved the quality of life for dogs in your locality.

    I agree with Stan Petry’s letter in the June 16 edition that the ordinance would “thrust Anderson County into a leadership position as a forward-thinking, humane community.”

  • COLUMN: Judge's '(snitch-session)' salvo at least tells truth

    Yes, I’ve let slip the occasional blue word or two, and no, after hanging out in locker rooms, hunting camps and at fishing holes for most of my life, I certainly don’t have what by any stretch would be considered virgin ears.

    But I can’t help but be taken aback at what appears to be a sudden rash of public cussing by local and national leaders.

  • COLUMN: Farm is 'an organic Mall of America' for wildlife

    Sometimes, I just want to sit outside and watch the farm. There is so much going on without me lifting a finger. Wildlife love my farm. I keep making new living places for them. When I cut tree limbs, I toss them into areas that provide plenty of cover for raising young. A walk around gives me a glimpse into life going on under my nose.

    Less than 80 feet from the house I spy a bedding area for deer, just 10 feet from a garden bed. Of the 17 acres, most are left wild. Tracks and droppings provide even more evidence of life. They must think of it as an organic Mall of America.

  • COLUMN: Happy belated Father's Day

    Speeding down the water slide at Paradise Pool with a Beach Boys medley playing in the background.

    Dancing like two idiots to Achy Breaky Heart or any other random country song playing on the radio.

    Striking out a batter and hearing him yell, “Alright!” from inside the dugout.

    These are some of my fondest memories with my father as a child.

    Growing up, I was a daddy’s girl, for sure.

    We spent weekends together, mostly at the pool if it was summertime.

  • COLUMN: We all bow down to the power of sport

    There is one thing in this world that can completely consume us and take a stranglehold over our emotions.

    It can make you both cry for joy and out of despair. It can empty your bank account faster than a burglar. It can make you sit in certain positions out of fear of moving will affect what happens next. It can also make you twitch and sit restlessly in anticipation for what is to come next. But what is this thing that takes over our hopes, minds, dreams and emotions so effortlessly?

    Women? Maybe, but I’m talking about sports.