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Opinion

  • There is one thing in this world that can completely consume us and take a stranglehold over our emotions.

    It can make you both cry for joy and out of despair. It can empty your bank account faster than a burglar. It can make you sit in certain positions out of fear of moving will affect what happens next. It can also make you twitch and sit restlessly in anticipation for what is to come next. But what is this thing that takes over our hopes, minds, dreams and emotions so effortlessly?

    Women? Maybe, but I’m talking about sports.

  • Tourism is broken in Anderson County and now it’s up to the fiscal court to fix it.

    Oh, there’s blame-a-plenty to go around for the way the county-created tourism commission has been operating for the past several years.

    First and foremost the blame falls to the fiscal court and judge-executive, each of which has turned a remarkably blind eye to an agency spending your tax dollars that willfully and admittedly has operated well outside the boundaries of the law.

  • Relay Committee thanks community

    To the editor:

    On behalf of the Anderson County Relay for Life Committee, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank everyone who took part in the Relay for Life of Anderson County on June 11 at the American Legion Park.

    Once again, the community of Lawrenceburg pulled together for a great night of fun while also raising money for the battle against cancer.

  • Friends fanatic. Friends-aholic. Friends freak. Label me whatever you want — my favorite TV show is one that has been off the air for gasp! six years.

    And that’s no secret. I’ve written about it before. In fact, a love of the show Friends was the first of many things I found I had in common with middle school teacher and dance coach Lisa Winfrey. And we found that out because of a previous column.

    Friends is my go-to show. My picker-upper whenever I need a pick-me-up. It’s the only way I survived a temporary breakup in 2007.

  • There are a lot of sayings I try to remember as I go through my young adult years.

    If you happen to have read some of my columns, you’ve probably realized that all too well.

    As I write this, I sit about 6.5 hours away from my home in Crozet, Va. That’s about 450 miles of driving through the rolling hills of the Bluegrass, the staggering coal-filled mountains of West Virginia, and natural beauty of the commonwealth of Virginia.

    But as I sit here today, I’ve realized a new saying; home is where the heart is.

  • Passing dog ordinance would have made us ‘forward-thinking’ community

    To the editor:

    Readers of The Anderson News may be well served by a reasonable response to last week’s editorial, “Latest pet ordinance deserved euthanasia.”

  • Column as I see ’em ...

    Republican Chip Chambers vs. Democrat John Wayne Conway for judge-executive will be an intriguing race this fall on many levels, and will offer great insight into the minds of Anderson County voters.

    Conway, the 20-year magistrate who ousted the incumbent judge in the Democratic primary by a 2-1 margin, is understandably riding high right now and carries plenty of momentum into the fall.

  • Summer is pretty much synonymous with higher temperatures and smaller clothes, but all that doesn’t have to add up to low self-esteem.

    I know, I know — it’s far easier to preach it than practice it. But here is where my train of thought has been traveling recently, so follow it for just a minute.

    There is absolutely no reason not to enjoy the summer and everything it offers, so here’s some advice to not only make it through to fall, but to actually relish in the heat wave.

  • Seniors ‘handled like animals’ at graduation

    To the editor:

    This is to thank the educators employed with the Anderson County school system.

    I am proud of the education my children are receiving. I also understand the importance of good leadership, but feel taking the time to recognize the retiring members of this system at the graduation event is inexcusable.

  • Pet owners were thisclose to having to deal with what would have been an onerous law that missed being approved by a whisker.

    The fiscal court last Tuesday morning voted 3-3, which means failure, on a “companion animal” ordinance that, to put it kindly, was ill-conceived at best.

    In what appeared to be an instance of good intentions run amok, the ordinance failed and did so miserably on many counts. Topping that list were the dictates regarding the size and amount of time dogs could be kept in a shelter.

  • Jacob Brown didn’t know what he was doing in the sixth inning.

    No, it’s not that he was lost or that he wasn’t in control. It’s that he was in the zone. He was, as the Red Sox always tell each other, living in the moment.

    Ahead by a score of 9-0 over the league-leading Mets, Brown was in the midst of pitching a complete game no-hitter. It wasn’t until after the game, with the teams getting ready to shake hands, that Brown was informed of his accomplishment.

  • As someone who has less than a year of living in Anderson County under her belt, I’m proud to know I live in an area with heroes at every turn.

    Look no further than this week’s front page to see several examples of proof to back up that statement.

    Or ask any member of the Farley family ­— I’m sure they’ll tell you Anderson County is full of heroic men and women.

    While boating on the Kentucky River on Thursday, the Farleys got stuck on top of the dam at Lock 5.

  • Law needed to replace worn, torn flags

    To the editor:

    My name is Nick Schrieber and I am a 12-year-old Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg student.

    I think that all flags at businesses in Lawrenceburg should be checked to make sure they aren’t torn.

    They show not only our pride in our country but also the pride in our veterans, living and dead.

    My grandfather, Danny D. Dunn, retired 100 percent disabled and was in the Vietnam War.

  • Crazy. That’s what most people thought I was when I accepted this job four years ago last month.

    “You’re going to leave beach life in North Carolina to move to Kentucky?” they asked. “You’re an idiot.”

    Perhaps, but having led a fairly nomadic life while plying my craft, I was confident that I’d enjoy Lawrenceburg as much as any of my stops along the road.

    I’ve reheated this particular skillet of hash to let you know that not only don’t I regret moving here, I’m mighty glad I did.

  • Have you been following the news about the oil spill in the Gulf? It’s bad news, any way you look at it. Just because it’s not happening here in Anderson County doesn’t mean that it won’t affect you. The people in Spain didn’t think a volcano in Iceland would affect them either. This spill is an environmental disaster that will touch each and every one of us, as well as our children’s children.

  • Much of the process of selecting a new superintendent for Anderson County Schools is done behind closed doors.

    The process is entirely legal because elected bodies are allowed to discuss personnel issues, among a limited list of other things, during an executive session as long as no official action is taken.

    Still, it’s no reason for those elected to their positions to take the task lightly.

    This is not to say that they do or that they will, but instead to serve as a reminder of the importance of the task at hand.

  • It’s not what happens to you that’s important, it’s how you respond to it.

    It’s a simple sentence my high school soccer coach told our team one day before practice. Standing around 5-foot-6 at the time, I wasn’t your prototypical goalkeeper. I was just a freshman and I had earned a starting spot on the varsity team at a high school with a rich soccer history.

    Needless to say, I was terrified. It didn’t help my older brother was a senior, all-district captain. If there was one person who wasn’t afraid to chew into me, it was him.

  • County clerk says thanks for voter patience

    To the editor:

    I would like to thank voters for their patience on May 18.

    Several changes have taken place since the 2008 General Election. The Anderson County Board of Elections was forced to move several voting locations due to disability guidelines and other regulations.

    We also replaced the old outdated machines with new paper ballot scanners which will reduce the time and long lines at the polls.

  • Startled, I woke up in the middle of the night between Sunday and Monday. I’m not sure what I had been dreaming about, but in a sleepy haze I awoke thinking about two things: this week’s column and coping strategies.

    More specifically, I was painfully aware that I still needed to write a column, and my dream must have been about dealing with something gone wrong, because the first few thoughts on my mind were how people deal with situations differently — how we all use different coping strategies.

  • Burke needs to develop own script

    To the editor:

    My comments are directed toward Joan Burke’s guest column regarding the attacks by Christians on Facebook and what she calls the ranting by the Tea Movement.

    Not sure where she has been on some of this because it appears she does not see or hear the same things many of us do. But on this part I would definitely agree with her, that no one should wish the president dead.