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Today's Opinions

  • Snow days much more complicated from educators’ point of view

    Time stops for no one, and no one is more aware of this than Anderson County administrators looking to make up snow days.
    Sure, snow days come with hot chocolate and marshmallows, warm fires and sledding, cabin fever and movie marathons.
    They also involve questions about funding formulas, continued compliance with state law and strong opinions about which days are the best days to recover classroom time.

  • Revenge apparently is best served cold

    Payback! I spent over 20 years in sunny Arizona. Each winter, I would delight in calling or e-mailing home about the warm temperatures I was having, while all my relatives froze. Now, I’m back here and they are wintering in Florida or some other warm locale. What goes around comes around.
    Over the past 17 years, I have not had actual temperatures of 17 below until this past week. My Oregon Weather Station told me the temperature was 17.7 below last Thursday. It’s not supposed to get that cold in Kentucky. Jeez-o-pete!

  • Proposed Bluegrass Pipeline pitting neighbors against each other

    To the editor:
    The [proposed] Bluegrass Pipeline has nothing to do with energy independence. The pipeline is not about heating homes with natural gas. It is about the leftover byproducts of natural gas that can be shipped elsewhere at ports in the Gulf to produce plastics overseas. It only benefits [owners] Williams Company and Boardwalk.
    The pipeline is damaging our community even though construction hasn’t begun. Neighbors don’t want to tell neighbors what to do with their land, but no one wants a hazardous pipeline in his or her neighborhood.

  • Letters to editor best legacy of all

    Column as I see ’em (for the last time) …
    The graveyards are full of irreplaceable people.
    A former co-worker told me that God knows how many years ago after a much younger version of me proudly announced that I was leaving my job for greener pastures.
    I did my best to be humble and gracious when I announced I had taken another job, but the fellow who made the graveyard quip obviously saw right through me.

  • Looking for a few good trumpets, flutes

    C’mon, I know you have them.
    They’re hiding in attics or basements, maybe slowly developing mildew and rusting away under a layer of dust from lack of use or neglect.
    Or maybe you just don’t have time for them anymore.   
    I’m talking about your clarinets and flutes, your drum set and your high school-era trumpets: instruments that if you’re not using currently that could be put to better use for budding musicians at the middle school.  

  • Gardening facts to wile away snowy day

    I was never a straight A student, but I loved to learn and could always be counted on to offer up some strange, fun fact.
    Trivial Pursuit was my favorite game. As we wait out the winter, I thought it would be fun to expand our knowledge into the plant world, along with a few human tidbits, as well.

  • Like it or not, pipeline grants are available

    Column as I see ’em …
    Is it because it’s viewed as blood money?
    That was one response when folks in our office were debating why on earth no public agency in Anderson County has applied for a Bluegrass Pipeline grant.
    I guess the blood money scenario is a possibility, but given the stated state of financial affairs around here, it would seem they’d take money from nearly any source.
    After all, it’s not like they’re taking a one-week loan from Tony Soprano, you know?

  • In Bluegrass Pipeline debate, neither side wants use of eminent domain

    For the past three months, representatives of Bluegrass Pipeline have been meeting in the homes of landowners in 13 Kentucky counties to discuss the project and the prospect of purchasing an easement, which is the right to use a narrow strip of land for installation of the underground pipeline.