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Today's Opinions

  • Heroin bust a reason to cheer

    By Ben Carlson

    Column as I see ’em …

    It was with great pleasure that I photographed the scene of a heroin bust conducted early Monday evening by the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    When it comes to police getting that garbage off the streets, the dispassionate journalist in me takes a vacation and I actually feel like cheering while taking photos.

    Lawrenceburg, like so many other communities in Kentucky and across the country, is lousy with heroin and the problem continues to get worse.

  • Gas pains for most, good deal for few

    By Ben Carlson

    Column as I see ’em …

    I’ve heard several rumors lately about what might be coming to the land purchased several months ago by the joint economic development authority just south of the Bluegrass Parkway. I can neither confirm nor deny any of them, but have my doubts anything will be locating there anytime soon.

    The problem is natural gas. That location doesn’t have it and getting it there will require someone to spend millions to do so.

  • Salvaging belongings in wake of the flood

    Anderson County as well as surrounding counties have experienced flooding. Recovery after the flooding presents many challenges.

    Read about salvaging large appliances and carpeting and other flooring. The bad news is that frequently neither large appliances nor flooring can be saved.

    It’s hard to say whether it’s harder to clean up after a flood or a fire. I personally think it’s more of a challenge after a flood.

    Large electrical appliances

  • Harrison’s words a reflection of society

    By now you know what Andrew Harrison supposedly said.

    If you don’t know what the University of Kentucky basketball player uttered Saturday after the Wildcats were ousted from the NCAA Tournament, you obviously haven’t been paying attention.

    In case you really did miss it, here is a little refresher.

  • Spring a good time to be weather aware

    This is a good time of year to see how weather aware you are in your household.

    You don’t have to be a weather nut like me to take common sense precautions. Check your batteries in your flashlights. Bring pets inside. Check on a neighbor. Make sure the sump pump is working, if you have one.

    Last, but not least, make sure you have discussed hazardous spring weather with your family and make a plan on what to do and where to go.

  • Understand, be wary of grass tetany

    Spring in the Bluegrass is a great time of greening and warming, but it’s also a time when livestock producers need to watch out for grass tetany, also called spring tetany or grass staggers.

    Some people also refer to it as wheat pasture poisoning, winter tetany or lactation tetany. Regardless, it’s a condition caused by an abnormally low level of magnesium in the blood of livestock.

  • Hats off to Lawrenceburg employees

    To the editor:

    Our city employees were out in last Thursday night’s terrible storm since 9:30 and were still out at 3:30 a.m. to repair a broken water pipe on Ripy Street.

    I’m so very thankful for these dedicated individuals. Instead of being home with their families in a nice warm dry bed, they were out making sure others will have water for showers in the morning.

    It was dangerous for them out there with torrential rain, 40 to 60 mph winds and lightning.

    I can’t say enough good about our city employees.

  • Up to Supremes to make right call

    By Ben Carlson, Publisher

    It doesn’t matter which side you’re on when it comes to the disappointing decision of the Kentucky Court of Appeals regarding a lawsuit filed against our library and others in Northern Kentucky.

    The bottom line is that with its decision in favor of the libraries, the Court of Appeals is allowing an unelected and wholly unaccountable body to set tax rates and spend other people’s money.

    It’s called taxation without representation and, like the old TV cartoon said, that’s not fair.