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Today's Opinions

  • Hooligans? Not hardly

    It’s not often that I respond to a column that appears in another publication, especially a local paper similar to The Anderson News.

    After 24 years in the business, I know it can be difficult to put together a factual, yet interesting story. In sports writing, when you are often crossing county lines for game stories, it can be doubly tough.

  • Time to allow Sunday package sales

    It’s a wonder Lexington continues to exist now that a full two years have passed since the Urban County Council OK’d Sunday sales of packaged alcohol.

    On that fateful day in December of 2007, people there (and from here if they want to drive 30 miles) were allowed to buy beer, wine or whatever they wanted.

    Despite the outrage of those opposed to Sunday sales, brimstone has yet to rain from the sky over Fayette County, and the area has yet to be consumed by hellfire, or whatever.

  • Lady Bearcat fans called ‘hooligans’

    The Lady Panthers may have been out-scored and out-sized in the 8th Region tournament, but the girls and their Carroll County fans outclassed Anderson County, hands down.

    High school sports should bring out the best in competition and good sportsmanship; occasionally it does just the opposite. That was the case Monday night when CCHS played Anderson County at South Oldham High School.

    A group of about a dozen Anderson County roughnecks sitting on the Carroll County side of the gym harangued and harassed the Lady Panthers the entire game.

  • Letters to the Editor - 03.04

    Missed opportunity to teach a lesson

    To the editor,

  • Math is something to celebrate

    I’m a math nerd. I can’t help it — I absolutely love numbers.

    In fact, to this day, my high school calculus teacher has a hard time believing I ended up in a career working with words (of all things). I sometimes find it hard to believe myself.

  • Column: Is Obama the devil? Carlson answers reader’s question

    Remember Jeff Johns’ letter to the editor in last week’s paper? The one in which he challenged me to weigh in on the opinion of some of his relatives that President Obama is actually the devil incarnate?

    To that challenge I harken back to a comment then-candidate Obama gave when a preacher of national renown asked him about his position on abortion. Like Obama said, that is “above my pay grade.”

  • Education, with a twist

    Gov. Beshear’s visit last week to discuss early childhood education sparked an interesting conversation here in our office.

    Granted, no one on either side of this issue pretends to know a fraction of what it really takes to publicly educate a child, and we’re sure this concept certainly would not pass muster with state and federal education czars so deeply invested in the current system.

    Instead, the following is more of a “throw it on the wall, see what sticks” sort of scenario, but one that drew raves from some, raspberries from others.

  • Letters to the Editor 02.25

    Hey, Carlson, is Obama the devil or not?

    To the editor:

    Mr. Carlson;

    You have supplied everyone with some needed comments and views about local issues. But you haven’t expressed your opinion openly about our current president on the first page of the editorial section, sir.

    [Some of my relatives] have expressed their view, in private, that Barack Obama is the devil incarnate. Mr. Carlson, could you please disabuse them of this quaint notion about our president — about this very bright and well-meaning man?

    Jeff Johns