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Today's Opinions

  • Column: TV shows a wake-up call for my old Kentucky home

    A lot has been said about Eastern Kentucky over the past month or so, and I’ve taken notice. How could I not?

    Eastern Kentucky is home to me. More specifically, the mountains of Pineville are home to me.

    Pineville has been in the news on several occasions at the state level, but most of the national focus has been on Harlan and Hazard and other towns in between. In a sense, that’s still home to me. My daddy still drives to Harlan every day for work, and I’ve played many a softball game in Hazard.

  • Column: Planning is key to planting successful garden this spring

    I love sunsets. Watching our sun spin out of our sight is a beautiful thing.

    We don’t think about our earth spinning around at over 18 mph while it travels at over 1,000 mph around its axis, but we are doing just that. Amazing, isn’t it? Going that fast without even realizing it should remind us that time is passing quickly and planting time will be upon us before we know it.

    Time to plan.

  • Be prepared for a visit from Pep Le Pew

    I know Valentine’s Day is over but love is in the air. You can literally smell it, although, the aroma is not very pleasant.

    Pepe’ Le Pew is looking for love now, and that means we need to be alert.

    Here on the farm we have to be very alert. Since we currently have eight dogs that roam the hill, we have eight times the chances of getting up close and personal with the all too recognizable skunk.

    This very evening, as I typed, we had a too close encounter. Luckily, I got all eight inside in time.

  • Yeah, I’m one of those people

    You know those people who love their pets more than anything? The ones who treat Fido and Fluffy like their own flesh and blood? The ones who can relate everything in life back to the cutest thing little Spike did last weekend?

    I used to make fun of those people, but now I’m one of them.

    Josh and I have had our lovely Lily — a 50-pound, 7-month-old lab — since early November, and I can’t imagine our life without her.

    In fact, I had a little taste of that life this past weekend, and I didn’t care for it.

  • Blogging is cool; letters are better

    Some newspaper industry wonks say the measure of a paper’s success lies almost exclusively with its bottom line.

    Perhaps, but nothing offers a more accurate measure of a newspaper’s health than the letters and correspondence it receives from readers.

    Over the past year, this page has gone from one letter a week (if that) to at least several or more in nearly every edition.

  • Letters to the editor

    Stimulus plan ‘fundamentally flawed’

    To the editor:

    I know that our illustrious leaders in Washington have their thoughts on getting control of the economy, but there are a few general flaws that I believe they have overlooked.

    I am not an economist and I don’t claim to be, but here are a few things that I feel is wrong with the stimulus bill.

    Not addressing the real issue

  • Come out and support skate park fundraiser

    When I decided to join the Lawrenceburg Skate Park committee with my mother in honor of my brother’s memory, I knew I was doing something good for my community and the youth that live here.

    However, I did not know where this journey was going to lead me.

    I have been amazed at the wonderful people that I have met, the encouragement I have received from friends, family and even people in this community that I did not know before getting involved.

  • Notes on the past 366 days

    Today marks my 366th day as a reporter with The Anderson News. Because last year was a leap year and all, it’s my one-year anniversary.

    Some amazing things have happened to me in the past year, and all those things started when I agreed to take this job. I’ve moved, gotten married, found a new best friend, adopted a dog, met hundreds of wonderful people and written many stories that — at the very least — have been fun for me.