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Today's Opinions

  • Are we ignoring cancer?

    Cancer has become so common as to be ignored.
    We hear reports about it the news.
    We know it’s the No. 2 killer of American men and women, right behind heart disease.
    We see pink ribbons on bumper stickers, on license plates.
    I feel like the power of hearing a word like “cancer” has been reduced to a dull roar, mixed in with all of the other harmful things that could and might and probably will kill us someday.
    Car accidents.
    Alzheimer’s disease.
    Cancer.

  • Four decades required to pay for city’s errors

    Column as I see ’em …
    If you could receive $5,500 from a state agency by simply responding to an email, would you do it?
    Of course you would, that is unless you are in city government.
    In the past two years, city officials have squandered $11,000 by not responding to emails from the state’s Division of Waste Management that required little more than clicking “reply,” typing in “We’ll take the money” and clicking “send.”

  • Plants rarely stink, but they do smell

    I’m not a big fan of turtles right now. In one night, some
    hard-shelled slow poke chopped down 60 of my tomato plants. I didn’t say anything out loud when I saw them, but I was thinking about all my relatives who like turtle soup.
    OK, so I have plenty more plants, but these were already planted, dang it.
    I researched methods to deter turtles and found out a sprinkling of diatomaceous earth around the plant will do the trick. Until then, I’m keeping them dusted with baby powder.

  • Willing to pay for more sports

    To the editor:
    I read sports editor’s column in last week’s paper about his concern for the expansion of Kentucky High School Athletic Association sports.
    The column leaves the reader thinking the KHSAA is on a tear, adding new sports right and left.
    In fact, until this year the KHSAA has not sanctioned a new sport for member schools since 1978. It has in fact been a long drought when it comes to adding popular and accessible sports in high school athletics.

  • Keeping dry eye impossible during Memorial Day ceremony

    It happens every Memorial Day.
    Camera in hand, I go to the ceremony at the Healing Field bound and determined not to get misty eyed during the service.
    After all, I’m a working, impartial journalist there to report and photograph, not participate.
    Then someone says or does something that gets me going, my throat gets a lump and I have to pretend I have a speck of dirt in my eye.
    This year was no different. I was fine for a while, snapping photos of praying and saluting veterans and their families while trying not to detract from the ceremony.

  • 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.