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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: Here they grow again

    The hits just keep coming, don't they?

    A quick perusal of several newspapers from surrounding counties last week further reveals just how far out of the loop Anderson County is when it comes to economic development.

    Headline in The Harrodsburg Herald: "Modine adding 200 jobs in Mercer."

    Headline in The Kentucky Standard: "Local plant scheduled to open in Bardstown this fall."

    Headline in The Springfield Sun: "Plant operation, jobs coming to county."

  • EDITORIAL: North Main residents deserve better from city

    The Lawrenceburg City Council had no legal obligation Monday under the law to vote for or against a planning and zoning board decision to allow a developer to build a senior citizen complex on North Main Street.

    Council members did, however, have a moral obligation to their constituents to listen to those who came to speak and subsequently vote on issue rather than hiding behind a measure of the law that's so vague that even the city council's attorney couldn't immediately render an opinion.

  • LETTER: Reader fulfills lifelong sailing dream

    My girlfriend Linda Richardson and I recently returned from our vacation to Key West, Fla.

    It was preceded by a trip to Panama Beach, Fla., where Linda and I participated in the beach wedding of my cousin, Eddie Durr, and his new wife, Missy Quisenberry.

    After the wedding we flew to Key West to view the sights, take in the museums and aquarium, and enjoy the tropical life. But while there, I wanted to fulfill a dream I have carried for over thirty years: to take the helm of a schooner on open sea.

  • COLUMN: Maine makes for tough hike

    After hiking about 150 to 160 miles through the soggy, mosquito-infested mountains and bogs of southern New England, I headed north to finish the final 60 miles of the Appalachian Trail that meanders through Maine before it crosses into New Hampshire.

    I'd already completed the rest of Maine's 280 AT miles in a 2004 hike.

  • More tales from the AT

    After completing the 150-mile section of Appalachian Trail that follows the low mountain ridges of western Connecticut and Massachusetts, I spent a night at Tom Levardi's home in Dalton, Mass.

    Levardi, who is becoming a legend among AT aficionados, has been hosting hikers since the early 1990s. The trail runs directly in front of his house and many trail-weary souls have spent a night at his place where showers and occasional home-cooked meals are free for the taking. Levardi said he hosts 400-500 hikers every year.

  • Keep scams from wreaking havoc

    An old cliche has been circulating around The News office, and frankly, we'd rather not hear it anymore. But it's not necessarily the cliche we're after, it's the reason as to why it's being said.

    "If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is," said both Lawrenceburg Police Department Detective Mike Schell and Lawrenceburg resident Sharon Hill.

  • Relay, Legion Auxiliary members lead residents by positive example

    I've said it again and again, I love the people of Anderson County.

    That in itself is one of the reasons I work here.

    As with any place, we still have a few people who would rather take time out of their day to send crude, unnecessary e-mails to "airheads" like me who write nothing but "mindless dribble" rather than actually put forth some positive energy, but for the most part Anderson County is full of loving, caring and accepting people.

    Here are two cases in point:

  • The first 100 miles

    I've now been on the Appalachian Trail for nine days and have covered 100 miles, including all of the trails that meander through Connecticut and about half of Massachusetts.

    As my old bones, especially the knees, needed some rest, I've taken a zero day, which in trail parlance simply means staying in a motel instead of hiking.

    Hiking through New England has a very different feel than doing the same in the high mountains of Maine or North Carolina.