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Opinion

  • 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.

  • As I sit at my computer staring at the cursor blinking endlessly before my eyes, I wonder and agonize as to what my first column for The Anderson News should be about.

    I covered the UK men’s basketball team last season for the University of Kentucky student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel, how about a piece on my opinion of whether or not head coach John Calipari will leave for the NBA?

    No, I don’t want to dive in to such a sensitive subject around the Bluegrass in my first meeting with you all.

  • Column as I see ’em ...

    First, a correction from last week’s column in which I lauded Sheila Mitchell for the next school superintendent.

    Several folks caught a stupid mistake I made, and I’m grateful to them for pointing it out.

    I said that if chosen, Mitchell would be the county’s first female school superintendent. Had my brain been in gear before making that claim, I would have recalled that Emma B. Ward — you know, the lady after which one of our elementary schools is named — held that distinction decades ago.

  • As giddy as a school girl.

    That’s how I described my mood after having my picture taken with University of Kentucky men’s basketball player Ramon Harris at Friday’s DARE graduation. And I know I wasn’t the only one.

    “That’s Harris! That’s him right there!” I heard one DARE graduate shout in disbelief while standing about 10 feet in front of the senior Wildcat who graduated last weekend.

    “I’ll never wash my hand again,” said another after getting a high-five.

  • Column first nice thing written about Tyrone

    To the editor:

    I would just like to simply say thank you for the article you wrote in The Anderson News on Wednesday about Tyrone.

  • Column as I see ’em ...

    Here is some unsolicited advice for the board of education, but advice I hope they’ll at least consider.

    It’s a given that the school boards association is clearly the end-all, be-all when it comes to helping districts hire a new superintendent.

    That being said, here’s hoping that hiring from within isn’t dismissed out of hand as a bad idea.

  • Truck, tractor pull not a benefit to our ears

    To the editor:

    I read your comments in the last edition of The Anderson News regarding the truck and tractor pulls held at the county park. I understand the benefits to the community of holding events such as these in the county. However, there is a downside that you did not mention.

  • It was a warning I dismissed almost immediately, not because I am brave, but mostly because I hate being told I can’t do something.

    “Welcome to Anderson County, but if you know what’s good for you, you’d better stay out of Tyrone,” a few folks told me when I arrived in town four years ago.

    “Not even the police like to go down there,” they said.

  • Welcome, May. The ducks are on the pond and the locust is in bloom. Spring really has sprung. I love to watch the trees leaf out and admire the hundreds of shades of green that end up painting the landscape. Out here in the country, we’ve got lots of trees, but some are growing purple boxes.

  • This weekend, I was one of the lucky ones.

    Most of us were.

    Rain fell at a steady pace in Lawrenceburg for nearly two days, and aside from the small stream that developed in my front yard, I escaped unscathed.

    Though I saw the rain falling outside my window, it was hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that some of my neighbors were flooded from their homes, watching the water pile up in their back yards from neighbors’ porches.

  • Column as I see ’em ...

    It seems that each time spring rolls around someone kicks the anthill that houses those who support a restaurant tax to promote tourism and sends them scurrying again all over town, looking for bread crumbs.

    While I certainly don’t mind reprising my roll as chief exterminator and busting a fresh can of Raid, it’s good to know that there’s a man with a plan besides me willing to prove the folly of that tax.

  • 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.