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Opinion

  • Well, another Earth Day has passed and I hope you all celebrated by being kind to the earth. After all, it’s the only planet with chocolate.

    The “reduce, reuse and recycle” saying has certainly had a positive impact. More people are doing more to limit the amount of trash we bury into Mother Earth. That makes a huge difference.

  • First thing Friday morning, I began to complain to myself, if not out loud.

    It was raining. It was cold(er than it had been). It was shaping up to be a miserable day.

    But Friday was one of those days when something happens to put all of your complaints in perspective.

    I had an interview, which was set to take place outdoors, scheduled for Friday morning.

    While at that interview, I got rained on, my hair was wet and I knelt down in something that I’m going to call mud.

    But by the end of the interview, none of those things mattered.

  • Taxpayers shouldn’t have to foot the bill for ‘new’ county government offices

    To the editor:

    If county government’s intention of taking over the old Countryside Motors facility is in fact just rumor, our county officials now have good reason to call you out on it for your editorial. But if it is not, I believe a good number of our citizens may share my sentiments as follows:

  • Anderson County’s political candidates campaigned hard this past weekend.

    Well, at least that’s what I can assume from the pile of campaign literature I found blocking the entrance to my home on Sunday night.

    So maybe “blocking the entrance” is a bit overkill, but I had a lot to pick up before I could unlock the door and go inside.

    I was out of town this weekend, so I wasn’t home to answer the multiple knocks on my door, although I’m sure my dog tried her best from the back yard to tell the candidates I wasn’t there.

  • Rumors are ugly things, aren’t they?

    Well, I’ve heard what I hope is just a rumor over the past week or so that is so ugly it appears to have fallen out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.

    As hard as it is to believe, I’ve heard from several sources that overtures have been made to turn the now defunct auto dealership across from Kroger into — wait for it! — a public building.

  • One of the best things about my roll into summer is breakfast with the birds. They make such beautiful music in the morning you just want to get up and be out there with them.

    I almost feel like Homeland Security, listening in on a hundred different conversations. I only wish I knew what they were saying. They sure sound happy.

  • Burkhead ‘most qualified’ to be next sheriff

    To the editor:

    Rex Burkhead’s candidacy for Anderson County sheriff presents an opportunity for us to install the most qualified, experienced and best-trained law enforcement officer that we’ve ever had in the county’s top position.

  • Anderson already has proven sheriff

    To the editor:

    I would like to share my feelings on the upcoming election for Anderson County sheriff.

    I was hired full time at the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 1, 1983. I retired Jan. 1, 2009 after 25 years of service and still fill in part time when needed. I personally can vouch for the honesty and integrity of Sheriff Troy Young and the staff he has hand picked.

  • I was able to catch Sarah Palin’s speech Friday to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.

    It was very difficult to swallow, listening to that seemingly squeaky clean voice, but I watched the whole thing on MSNBC.

    She has been coached and is getting better with her delivery, and through that cultivated, almost Fargo accent she was actually able to string together a few entire sentences. She must have a better speech writer now. But she hasn’t lost that cyclical manner of phrasing her words. It makes one a bit dizzy.

  • The beauty of democracy is that citizens elect their own leaders.

    The not-so-pretty side is that too many citizens elect to be uneducated voters, settling to cast ballots for the most recognizable name or because their [insert random acquaintance/relative here] told them to.

    This year, The Anderson News is trying, through several means, to help you, dear readers, become educated and informed voters.

  • Anyone who thinks the ongoing battle to determine the county’s next judge-executive is nothing but four candidates spreading their positive messages about why they should be elected just isn’t paying enough attention.

    We need look no further than last Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting for evidence.

    With all four candidates — incumbent Steve Cornish, Magistrate John Wayne Conway, highway foreman Chip Chambers and independent candidate Donna Drury — in attendance, there was no shortage of positioning going on.

  • Challenger league a great opportunity

    To the editor,  

    My wife and I share the privilege of raising a special child. Our ‘grand’ son is 10 years old. We recently read about the new Challenger Division of the Anderson County Little League in your paper. We tried to get him interested but he didn’t want to play.

    Then he heard that some of his friends were going to be on this baseball team and changed his mind. We have been to two practices, and they were fun.

  • It’s just so gorgeous outside I can hardly stand it. I had last Friday off and that morning, waiting for the sun to rise, I was almost quivering like a dog waiting for the ball to fly. So much to do, and so lovely to be able to do it.

    The best thing about working outside is being able to see immediate results. It just puts a smile on your face and keeps it there. The spud planting went well, but I’ll have lots more to do as the days move closer to summer.

  • Family is one thing over which we have zero control.

    Some of us are born into horrible situations and wish to escape as soon as we can. Some of us, however, are born into situations that, although less than perfect, we wouldn’t change even if God gave us the option.

    I’m thankful that I fall into the latter category.

  • Column as I see ’em ...

    Remember the sexual harassment lawsuit filed last year by a fired county employee who alleges she had a sex toy left on her desk and was shown pornography on a coworker’s computer?

    Like the weather, that lawsuit is heating up and is likely headed for trial within the next several months.

    What a Dumpster fire that’s going to be.

  • Wow. March is over? I swear, the closer we get to summer, the more time speeds up. Good Friday is almost upon us and I have the day off. I’ll be planting my spuds. The moon is waning, which is perfect for below ground crops, and the weather forecast is good. That almost never happens for me and I’m thrilled.

  • Challenge to health care reform should continue

    To the editor:

    As most people are aware, opponents to the health care reform legislation have been a growing majority in America.

    On the one hand, there are many good things about the reform: more people in need will be covered under government aid similar to Medicaid. People will not lose coverage just because they have changed jobs. And those with preexisting conditions will have access to health insurance.

  • A very good friend of mine recently stopped smoking only to turn around and start again six months later.

    “I quit for six months, so I know, if I need to, I can quit again,” she said. “I have to have a vice, Shannon.”

    I love her reasoning (please, sense the sarcasm), because to me, that says, “I quit, but realized six months later, I still needed a cigarette.”

    I only pester her because I love her and because I want her to be around as long as possible.

  • It’s impossible to even begin doubting state Rep. Kent Stevens’ sincerity when he discusses his passion for doing what’s right for Kentucky’s students.

    Stevens claims that his vote to overturn a long-standing law that requires school boards to evaluate superintendents in public is for the “betterment of students,” but on that count we disagree.

    Instead, allowing school board members to discuss their thoughts about a superintendent in private does nothing to serve students, their parents or the taxpayers who keep schools afloat.

  • Deputies thank Burkhead for ad, support Young for sheriff

    To the editor:

    In response to a political ad that was addressed to “Anderson County Residents and Sheriff’s Deputies” in The Anderson News, March 17 edition, we, the undersigned deputies of your Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, would like to share the following with the people of Anderson County, our fellow citizens: