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Today's Opinions

  • Please bring joy to the living, too

    To the editor:
    The recent upheaval concerning the city council’s cemetery policy reminded me of my deceased mother’s precious advice, “Bring my roses while I’m alive.”
    I have tried to take her advice and give my “roses” to friends and family while they are living. I get to see them enjoy them and it prevents less problems at the gravesite.
    I understand, as a nurse, the importance of grieving at the place of interment, but the joy of giving sure makes good time memories.

  • Freedom Hall really was about freedom on Saturday

    I was in Freedom Hall the night Anderson County played for the state basketball championship. It was the place where I heard Muhammad Ali say he wanted to fight George Foreman and Joe Frazier on the same night.


    I saw Julius Erving, then of the Virginia Squires, do things with a basketball that I had never seen and still can’t describe. I have been to several concerts there and I watched Richie Farmer make string music the state finals 23 years ago.

  • Freedom Hall really was about freedom on Saturday

    I was in Freedom Hall the night Anderson County played for the state basketball championship. It was the place where I heard Muhammad Ali say he wanted to fight George Foreman and Joe Frazier on the same night.


    I saw Julius Erving, then of the Virginia Squires, do things with a basketball that I had never seen and still can’t describe. I have been to several concerts there and I watched Richie Farmer make string music the state finals 23 years ago.

  • Muddy first impressions of Lawrenceburg

    I knew Kentucky was famous for its horses.
    I didn’t expect to see a Swamp Donkey.
    Last Saturday’s mud bog involved horsepower of a different kind, something unusual to the eyes of this reporter.
    After living in central South Dakota for a couple of years, I’ve seen my share of bucking bulls, rodeo cowboys and mutton bustin’.
    I didn’t possess the bravery of my preacher father, however, who once bonded with a parishioner while castrating bulls.
    I think I chose to take in the sights of a cow pie bingo instead.

  • Ticket better than scolding any day

    As opposed to chronicling this week what I perceive to be the misdeeds of others, allow me instead to discuss a couple of my own.
    Twice in the past month I’ve attracted the attention of law enforcement, and not for good reasons. A few weeks back, I got stuck around 4 a.m. at the traffic light at the intersection of US 127 Bypass and Glensboro Road while heading to work. It was Tuesday, my early day, and I was most definitely in a hurry.

  • Help Anderson Humane Society get a new vehicle

    Anderson Humane Society is proud to announce we’ve been selected as a finalist in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program. Now we need your support.
    Vote for Anderson Humane Society at www.facebook.com/toyota on June 4.

  • Manure tea just the thing for soggy soil

    May is over and June has arrived. Let’s just be thankful for every sunrise we see.
    Tornado season is upon us. One of them hit the family farm in Huntingburg, Ind., last week. Though no one was injured, there is not a building that didn’t get damaged. Insurance will cover the costs but what a rough road ahead. We’ve been lucky here, so far.

  • Kentucky’s history wrapped in West Virginia lore

    The late Tom Clark, historian at the University of Kentucky, said something once that has always stuck with me: “Virginia is the mother of Kentucky and Kentucky is the mother of the West.”
    So true, we are the sum of all the history of Virginia, and to ignore it is to ignore the history of Kentucky.
    As I completed the article on long hunters, I remembered one of the probably most entertaining stories of Virginia, as not all explorers wore buckskin and linsey-woolsey, some wore satin and velvet.