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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • EDITORIAL: Fiscal court needs to devise tourism fix

    Tourism is broken in Anderson County and now it’s up to the fiscal court to fix it.

    Oh, there’s blame-a-plenty to go around for the way the county-created tourism commission has been operating for the past several years.

    First and foremost the blame falls to the fiscal court and judge-executive, each of which has turned a remarkably blind eye to an agency spending your tax dollars that willfully and admittedly has operated well outside the boundaries of the law.

  • Letters to the editor - 6.23

    Relay Committee thanks community

    To the editor:

    On behalf of the Anderson County Relay for Life Committee, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank everyone who took part in the Relay for Life of Anderson County on June 11 at the American Legion Park.

    Once again, the community of Lawrenceburg pulled together for a great night of fun while also raising money for the battle against cancer.

  • COLUMN: A little help from my 'Friends'

    Friends fanatic. Friends-aholic. Friends freak. Label me whatever you want — my favorite TV show is one that has been off the air for gasp! six years.

    And that’s no secret. I’ve written about it before. In fact, a love of the show Friends was the first of many things I found I had in common with middle school teacher and dance coach Lisa Winfrey. And we found that out because of a previous column.

    Friends is my go-to show. My picker-upper whenever I need a pick-me-up. It’s the only way I survived a temporary breakup in 2007.