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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: Remember late county clerk on election day

    Lost amid the buzz over Obama vs. McCain and Denny vs. Stratton is the fact that for the first time in a generation Harold Ritchey won't preside over Tuesday's election results.

    Ritchey, the beloved county clerk who passed away this summer while jogging on Broadway, was Anderson County's Rock of Gibraltar when it came to election night, and Tuesday just won't be the same without him.

    As enamored of his job as he was, Ritchey always seemed to love election night more than any other duty he so flawlessly performed.

  • COLUMN: 'W' movie not all that bad

    Election day is finally just around the corner and not a minute too soon.

    I'm not certain I could endure another month of the mindless propaganda that has inundated the American public for the last several months.

    Ethics in politics seems to have gone the way of the passenger pigeon and great auk.

    If they have not accomplished much else, at least the continuing negative attack ads that have been launched at us like kamikaze pilots attacking a battleship, have caused me to wonder about many things political including:

  • So what if my husband wears an apron?

    A lot of attention has recently been paid to my cooking skills, or lack thereof.

    During my last visit to Pineville, one of Josh’s aunts playfully asked when I was going to cook her family dinner in all of the new cookware I received before the wedding. I told her she and her family were welcome to come to Lexington for a meal at our house any time, but not to expect me to be the one frying the chicken or baking the dessert.

  • Flu shot can help avoid a ‘tosscapade’

    As far as I can recall, I’ve only had the flu once in the past 20 years, maybe longer. It isn’t that I’m any healthier than most other people or that my immune system is better. It’s probably because I almost always get a flu shot.

    The Center for Disease Control recommends annual flu shots for children age 6 months to 19 years, pregnant women, people 50 years of age or older or who have certain chronic medical conditions, or people who live in nursing homes or who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from the flu.

  • Witnessing the death of a bedroom community

    The notion that Anderson County should remain a bedroom community has been issued a death sentence, and not a moment too soon.

    For decades our leaders and those bent on making fortunes on residential real estate have shunned industry and the tax base it provides.

    Don’t believe us? Then name one other county in the Bluegrass that hasn’t acquired a spin-off business since Toyota arrived in Georgetown all those years ago.

    You can’t because there aren’t any.

  • COLUMN: Cory Grant travels a new trail

    Cory Grant is the only person from Anderson County who has hiked the entire 2,170-mile-long Appalachian Trail, which extends from Georgia to Maine.

    When he thru-hiked the AT in August 2005, he vowed to return in the future. He recently kept the promise he made to himself and repeated the 280-mile section that runs through Maine.

    But unlike the first trek when he traveled most of the trail alone, Cory had a hiking partner on his recent hike. And he intends to travel life's trails with this partner from now on.

  • COLUMN: There's nothing like the smell of dead leaves

    I just love the smell of dead leaves.

    It sounds a little creepy, but it's true. And up until a couple weeks ago, I hadn't really realized what I was smelling.

    My husband and I were at Veteran's Park in Lexington enjoying a lovely evening and sauntering along the walking path.

    I took a deep breath and made a comment something like, "I just love the smell of fall. I can't really describe it, but there's just a smell, and when you smell it, you know it's fall."

  • LETTER: Skate park raffle supporters thanked

    To the editor:

    The Lawrenceburg Skate Park Committee would like to give a large round of applause to Ben Carlson, editor for The Anderson News.

    Thank you, Ben, for being interested and generous toward our cause.

    Thank you for all of your help with skate park updates, and coverage of events including Anderson County youth who are writing essays on "Why We Need a Skate Park in Lawrenceburg," and for your generosity of donating five one-year subscriptions to The Anderson News for our raffles, held at the Burgoo Festival.