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Today's Opinions

  • Diversions provide excuses for another late state budget

    Any takers on a bet that state lawmakers again this year won’t be able to agree to a budget within their allotted 60 days?
    Didn’t think so, not with the mish-mash of problems that are sure to divide and ultimately conquer legislators more worried about the coming election than actually fixing Kentucky’s budget woes.
    As if taking a cue from their compatriots in Washington, DC, look for legislators on both sides of the aisle to seek victory through vitriol in a game of mutually assured destruction for everyone but themselves.

  • Avoid winter’s chill with seedlings

    Brrrr! A good time to remember that spring is only 70 days away. Think of it as only 10 Wednesdays! It seems shorter that way. In the meantime, think warm! Watch some summer fun DVDs and steer clear of winter ones, like “Fargo.”
    Though I come from some hearty German and Norwegian stock, I love my wood stove! There is no warmer heat, in my humble opinion. Well, OK, corn or pellet stoves put out more BTUs. As an added bonus, the warm wood stove keeps the cat off my lap.

  • Big thank you for Open Hands Christmas meal

    To the editor:
    We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that helped make the Community Christmas Outreach Meal at Open Hands Pantry a huge success. It is because of your generosity we were able to serve 458-plus people. Thanks to Walmart for providing all of our desserts and other businesses for your financial help as well as other people who donated food, cooked, delivered, advertised and served for us on this day.
    It is when people come together we are able to accomplish great things and get a true blessing.
    May God bless you.

  • Redistricting means new precincts for voters

    For the past several years our office has had numerous questions regarding the process and why it has taken so long. I am going to attempt to explain it as only I know how — short and simple. Anyone wanting the longer, technical version can give me a call at 839-3041.
    For more than three years, we have been dealing with the redistricting process.
    As of Thursday, Jan. 2, Anderson was ninth out of 120 counties to receive approval from the State Board of Elections and the Legislative Research Commission.

  • Do you know who owns these welcome signs?

    Two welcome signs are in need of, repairs or simply need to be taken down.
    You may have seen them on North Main Street or Broadway. They’re old and faded, and a little worse for wear.
    In my opinion, they’re in need of some tender loving and care. And I’m not even sure that would solve the problem.
    I thought it was the city’s responsibility to maintain these two welcome signs, so I dashed off a quick email to City Clerk Robbie Hume.  

  • County in need of homeless shelter

    To the editor:
    We are contacting you out of concern for the need of a homeless shelter in our community.
    It breaks our hearts to think that anybody would be homeless or hungry, period, but with the weather being so extremely cold, it makes it even harder to deal with.
    So many of us have been blessed with a warm home yet there’s no telling how many of our loved ones, family or friends is doing without.

  • Leaky oil pipe better than more dead soldiers

    Since it first popped up as an issue last year, I’ve been asked time and again when I will take an editorial stance on the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline.
    In fact, there are several folks who have flat-out demanded that I do so, either to draw me out as a pipeline proponent or hold me aloft as yet another member of the media to fall in line by opposing it.

  • New year, same old public library

    Column as I see ’em …
    I sometimes feel like Al Pacino in the third (and worst) “Godfather” movie. You know, the one where aging mafia Michael Corleone boss laments, “Every time I try to get out, they pull me back in.”