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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Too much time on my hands

    Nowadays, I'm just working part-time at The Anderson News. While I do enjoy the additional time to myself, there is at least one downside-I have way too much time available to contemplate things that bug me but over which I have no control.

    While I can't control these things, I can fantasize about dealing with them when I'm king. Here are a few.

  • COLUMN: Motorcycles, ATVs are too risky a ride for me

    My cousin April is lucky to be alive, and she'd be the first person to say so.

    A few months ago, she was on a motorcycle day trip with her boyfriend. He was driving the bike, and two of their friends were following close behind on another bike.

    The same four people and the same two bikes had made the same exact trip the weekend before, but both bikes hit a rough patch of gravel this time around sending all four riders to the emergency room.

  • LETTER: Kudos to county road crew

    To the editor:

    Just wanted to give a shout out for the Anderson County Road Department for repairing Lanes Mill Road.

    Thanks goes to road foreman Chip Chambers and crew for a job well done.

    Scott Frasier

    Lawrenceburg

  • COLUMN: Goodbye to woman's best friend

    When I cried, Kirby always stayed close, comforting me without words.

    The first time I lived by myself, Kirby made sure I wasn't completely alone. When my heart was broken, she reminded me that I could always count on her. If I was too busy to spend as much time as usual with her, she was happy just to see me when I showed up again.

  • EDITORIAL: It's OK to look this gift horse in the mouth

    We now have 1.2 million reasons to be optimistic about the possibility of new jobs and industry finally making their mutual way to Anderson County.

    That's the number of dollar bills soon to be neatly stacked in the Economic Development Authority's bank account, courtesy of the privately held Industrial Foundation's decision to disband and hand over its dough.

  • Bugs and football, what a weekend

    I haven't had an interesting weekend to write about in a while, but this past one was chock full of entertainment. OK, so maybe not "chock full," but for an old married person like me, it was entertaining.

    At the very least it taught me a few lessons:

    Two Shannons aren't necessarily braver than one

    My friend Shannon and I took Friday evening to enjoy a little "Shannon time." While the hubby was studying back home in Lexington, she and I had dinner and ice cream in Frankfort.

  • Even a beauty queen needs a diploma

    Test scores have been on the minds of a lot of folks as of late, especially those with children in public schools.

    Most media attention tends to focus on the local schools' progress in meeting academic goals so that the schools can be compared with ones in neighboring communities, or so one state's progress can be matched against another state's.

    Not nearly as much ink is spent on student dropout rates. Perhaps it should be. While Kentucky has made progress, it continues to have one of the nation's highest dropout rates.

  • Go get 'em, mayor

    The right to private property is a great thing ... heck, an American thing.

    But no matter how much property a person owns, it's still stitched to someone else's and we are all accountable to each other to take care of what we own.

    A story in this week's paper serves as a microcosm of how one person's reluctance to maintain his property affects those around him. His back yard is replete with junked vehicles, piles of scrap lumber and other items that are an eyesore.

    His front yard isn't much better.