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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Summer brings new face, coverage to News

    As I sit at my computer staring at the cursor blinking endlessly before my eyes, I wonder and agonize as to what my first column for The Anderson News should be about.

    I covered the UK men’s basketball team last season for the University of Kentucky student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel, how about a piece on my opinion of whether or not head coach John Calipari will leave for the NBA?

    No, I don’t want to dive in to such a sensitive subject around the Bluegrass in my first meeting with you all.

  • COLUMN: Taxpayers, not feelings should top their lists

    Column as I see ’em ...

    First, a correction from last week’s column in which I lauded Sheila Mitchell for the next school superintendent.

    Several folks caught a stupid mistake I made, and I’m grateful to them for pointing it out.

    I said that if chosen, Mitchell would be the county’s first female school superintendent. Had my brain been in gear before making that claim, I would have recalled that Emma B. Ward — you know, the lady after which one of our elementary schools is named — held that distinction decades ago.

  • COLUMN: Does it ever get tiring to be a Wildcat?

    As giddy as a school girl.

    That’s how I described my mood after having my picture taken with University of Kentucky men’s basketball player Ramon Harris at Friday’s DARE graduation. And I know I wasn’t the only one.

    “That’s Harris! That’s him right there!” I heard one DARE graduate shout in disbelief while standing about 10 feet in front of the senior Wildcat who graduated last weekend.

    “I’ll never wash my hand again,” said another after getting a high-five.

  • Letters to the editor - 5.12

    Column first nice thing written about Tyrone

    To the editor:

    I would just like to simply say thank you for the article you wrote in The Anderson News on Wednesday about Tyrone.

  • COLUMN: Mitchell logical choice for next superintendent

    Column as I see ’em ...

    Here is some unsolicited advice for the board of education, but advice I hope they’ll at least consider.

    It’s a given that the school boards association is clearly the end-all, be-all when it comes to helping districts hire a new superintendent.

    That being said, here’s hoping that hiring from within isn’t dismissed out of hand as a bad idea.

  • Letters to the editor - 5.5

    Truck, tractor pull not a benefit to our ears

    To the editor:

    I read your comments in the last edition of The Anderson News regarding the truck and tractor pulls held at the county park. I understand the benefits to the community of holding events such as these in the county. However, there is a downside that you did not mention.

  • COLUMN: Time in Tyrone would be good for us all

    It was a warning I dismissed almost immediately, not because I am brave, but mostly because I hate being told I can’t do something.

    “Welcome to Anderson County, but if you know what’s good for you, you’d better stay out of Tyrone,” a few folks told me when I arrived in town four years ago.

    “Not even the police like to go down there,” they said.

  • COLUMN: This spring, beware the emerald ash borer

    Welcome, May. The ducks are on the pond and the locust is in bloom. Spring really has sprung. I love to watch the trees leaf out and admire the hundreds of shades of green that end up painting the landscape. Out here in the country, we’ve got lots of trees, but some are growing purple boxes.