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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • COLUMN: Pray for those who are still weathering the storm

    This weekend, I was one of the lucky ones.

    Most of us were.

    Rain fell at a steady pace in Lawrenceburg for nearly two days, and aside from the small stream that developed in my front yard, I escaped unscathed.

    Though I saw the rain falling outside my window, it was hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that some of my neighbors were flooded from their homes, watching the water pile up in their back yards from neighbors’ porches.

  • COLUMN: Man with plan strikes blow to restaurant tax

    Column as I see ’em ...

    It seems that each time spring rolls around someone kicks the anthill that houses those who support a restaurant tax to promote tourism and sends them scurrying again all over town, looking for bread crumbs.

    While I certainly don’t mind reprising my roll as chief exterminator and busting a fresh can of Raid, it’s good to know that there’s a man with a plan besides me willing to prove the folly of that tax.

  • COLUMN: Get rid of weeds in eco-friendly ways

    Well, another Earth Day has passed and I hope you all celebrated by being kind to the earth. After all, it’s the only planet with chocolate.

    The “reduce, reuse and recycle” saying has certainly had a positive impact. More people are doing more to limit the amount of trash we bury into Mother Earth. That makes a huge difference.

  • COLUMN: Don’t complain unless you walk 7,000 miles in his shoes

    First thing Friday morning, I began to complain to myself, if not out loud.

    It was raining. It was cold(er than it had been). It was shaping up to be a miserable day.

    But Friday was one of those days when something happens to put all of your complaints in perspective.

    I had an interview, which was set to take place outdoors, scheduled for Friday morning.

    While at that interview, I got rained on, my hair was wet and I knelt down in something that I’m going to call mud.

    But by the end of the interview, none of those things mattered.

  • Letters to the editor - 4.28

    Taxpayers shouldn’t have to foot the bill for ‘new’ county government offices

    To the editor:

    If county government’s intention of taking over the old Countryside Motors facility is in fact just rumor, our county officials now have good reason to call you out on it for your editorial. But if it is not, I believe a good number of our citizens may share my sentiments as follows:

  • COLUMN: Politicking food for thought

    Anderson County’s political candidates campaigned hard this past weekend.

    Well, at least that’s what I can assume from the pile of campaign literature I found blocking the entrance to my home on Sunday night.

    So maybe “blocking the entrance” is a bit overkill, but I had a lot to pick up before I could unlock the door and go inside.

    I was out of town this weekend, so I wasn’t home to answer the multiple knocks on my door, although I’m sure my dog tried her best from the back yard to tell the candidates I wasn’t there.

  • COLUMN: Nipping a nasty rumor in the bud

    Rumors are ugly things, aren’t they?

    Well, I’ve heard what I hope is just a rumor over the past week or so that is so ugly it appears to have fallen out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.

    As hard as it is to believe, I’ve heard from several sources that overtures have been made to turn the now defunct auto dealership across from Kroger into — wait for it! — a public building.