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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Students pave the way with fundraising efforts

    With each day that passes, students here find a new way to make me proud to cover education in Anderson County.

    In a few short weeks, students all across the district donated enough (whether monetarily or with tangible items) to send over $2,500 and a truck load of supplies to earthquake victims in Haiti.

    And because I’m fairly certain I’m not aware of all of the existing projects, the grand totals are sure to be much more than that.

  • COLUMN: Going through computer withdrawal no easy task

    My computer went belly up three days ago. I’ve had to revert to my yellow legal pad and black felt-tip pen, or whatever kind of tip it may be nowadays. This was, in the past, the only way I could write anything until I started working on my computer.

    Now trying to go cold turkey from my machine for me is like withdrawal from tobacco. My hands flitter about with nothing to click. I can’t open up anything. My fingers yearn to delete the forwards in my e-mail, and not being able to check that is like a starvation diet.

  • COLUMN: Fiscal court needs to follow state's open meetings rules

    I probably lost a layer or two of enamel while gritting my teeth during last Tuesday’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

    Out of the blue, Judge-Executive Steve Cornish began discussing a recent budget committee meeting — a meeting about which the public should have been notified and one that I would have certainly attended.

  • COLUMN: '80s Limbaugh wouldn't recognize himself today

    When my husband and I lived in California, we first heard of Rush Limbaugh when Mike would be out on a construction job and the other carpenters had a radio tuned to KFBK-AM in Sacramento. Limbaugh was, before this job, a terminated rock DJ on his last leg to re-invent himself as a hard-nosed-but-humorous talk radio host. He hurled insults and joked about the lower middle-class neighborhood of Rio Linda in Sacramento.

  • COLUMN: Calling all pastors: Let's meet

    Within the next day or two, local churches and pastors will find a letter from The Anderson News in their mailboxes.

    Don’t worry — it’s not a bill. And it’s not a matter of what you owe us.

    Instead, it’s a matter of what we owe you.

    As a community newspaper, part of our job is to inform the public about events going on in the community. That’s why you’ll find a community calendar in each issue of our paper, and two (count them — two) community calendars on our website.

  • COLUMN: Don’t let snow deter you from gardening plans

    Have you noticed that it’s staying light longer? In only 52 days spring will arrive and it’s not too soon for me.

    As time marches on, I watch the moon. As January draws its last breath, the Full Wolf Moon comes into view this Saturday. I hope all that white stays up in the air and not on the ground.

    February is typically our roughest weather month. Remember, last year’s ice storm hit in February. February also brings Ground Hog Day on the second and the Full Snow Moon on February 28. Here on the farm, that means seed starting time.

  • Letters to the editor - 1.27

    Ritchie thanks community for support

    To the editor:

    It has been a privilege to serve the past 16 years as Coroner of this county. This community has provided me with tremendous support during each election and throughout each year of service. But, now with somewhat regret, I have decided not to seek re-election as Coroner of Anderson County.

  • EDITORIAL: Slow and steady a better way to raise rates

    You have to hand it to Kentucky Utilities.

    During the worst economy in most of our lifetimes, the company that provides electricity to over 6,000 Anderson County homes and businesses boldly jutted out its chin and proposed a 13.7 percent rate increase for homeowners.

    In terms of temerity, that would be on par with Tiger Woods borrowing his estranged wife’s computer to surf dating websites while on a visit to beg her to take him back.

    Both are nearly unthinkable.