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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Things learned this weekend

    Occasionally, I write a serious column about things I learn or about how important learning is in general. This is not one of those columns. I learned a few fun things this weekend, so I’ll share those.

    Thing #1

    I love my mother, but she is almost impossible to tolerate when watching a University of Kentucky basketball game.

    She is a UK fan, as in she wants the team to win and win by about 60 if at all possible.

  • COLUMN: Woodstove ashes make next year's garden great

    December just whizzes by, doesn’t it?

    In a hurry is the state of being everyone is in right now. When we do stop for a breather, we realize all the things we need to do and get cranking all over again.

    On the bright side, this warp speed means spring will get here before we know it. In the meantime, I’m getting my gardening fix by watching my carrots grow. I have an indoor window box and I planted seeds awhile back. Looks like I’ll be harvesting fresh carrots for Christmas.

  • COLUMN: DUI conviction rate allows us to feel safer

    Anderson County just keeps proving how great it is.

    So far this year we’ve had so many things to be happy about, including sports victories, shooting a film and we’re among the toughest on drunk driving in the state.

    Although some of us can’t drive, we still ride in cars.

    With Christmas a few weeks away there will be lots of traveling to various places. We all know the roads aren’t always the safest places, but knowing Anderson County law enforcement is very watchful of the roads makes you feel safer.

  • Letters to the editor - 12.9

    Thankful Fox has ‘the guts to tell the truth’

    To the editor:

    I truly appreciate Mr. Schraub’s letter last week giving voice to my letter from the week before.

    Isn’t it great that we still have freedom of speech? I take my freedom and that of my family very serious, as all Americans should.

    I noticed you counted my paragraphs and I also noticed you feel I have no facts to back up my opinion. You seem to blame Fox News, Limbaugh, Hannity, and let’s not forget Glenn Beck.

  • COLUMN: Vote seekers not only sinners in parade

    Column as I see ’em ...

    Did it bother you to see campaign floats during Saturday’s Christmas parade?

    I make a living commenting and writing about local politics, so when I saw those floats go by I knew right away that some folks were going to object.

    That’s fine, but let’s keep some perspective on this.

    Yes, a Christmas parade is supposed to be about Christmas and, by proxy, celebrating the birth of Christ.

  • COLUMN: Don't let candidates off eco-devo hook

    Don’t be surprised if sooner rather than later a candidate for fiscal court or judge-executive shows up at your door, begging for your vote in next May’s primary.

    Each will probably offer the usual servings of political oatmeal about “saving money” and “taking a close look at the budget.”

    Those are OK, but not one should leave your doorstep until he or she answers the following question: What specifically will you do to bring industry and jobs to Anderson County?

  • COLUMN: Voters to blame for nation's quacking politicians

    If it quacks like a duck and honks like a goose and hangs out in the U.S. Congress a few months each year, it is either a Republican or Democrat.

    They look different, they make different noises, but they ultimately lay the same outcomes.

  • COLUMN: Be someone's 'Secret Santa'

    Last month, we celebrated a time of giving thanks. This month, we move into a time of, well, giving.

    Unfortunately, “giving” is a lot more difficult for 12.5 percent of the county’s population this year.

    As you may have read earlier on in this issue, Anderson County’s unemployment rate was at 12.5 percent in the month of October — up from 10.9 percent the month before.

    As the economy continues to take its toll on our community and make the holidays a lot less happy for some, there is at least one speck of light in all the darkness.