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Opinion

  • 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:

  • Spring is here — it’s finally official, and it’s finally time to switch out our sweaters and boots for T-shirts and sandals.

    OK, so I did this several weeks ago, but I didn’t get around to bringing out the summer clothes and cleaning out my closet until this past weekend.

    My closet is full — too full, if you ask my husband. For every article of clothing he has hanging up, I probably have five.

  • Guest columnist Joan Burke opined several weeks ago that the growing opposition to Barack Obama is based primarily on racism.

    Instead of casting racial slurs against those whose dissention is based in philosophical and constitutional belief, I propose we instead examine a topic that is essentially racist to its core: the ongoing census.

    Outrageous, you say? Not at all, particularly when one looks beyond the notion that the census is a benevolent attempt to simply count noses.

  • Wherever you stand on health care reform, even if you don’t stand anywhere, this past Sunday’s vote to change our health care system was historic.

    It is no less than the bill that enacted Medicare, and all Americans should be paying attention to what is happening right now in Congress.

  • Aren’t these longer days wonderful?

    The birds are happy. Each morning, as the dogs and I hit the porch, they serenade us. We all watch the day come to life and thank our lucky starts that we are here to enjoy it.

    Then the workday begins

  • Saturday produced a very stressful night of sleep — and not because the time changed.

    In fact, I was happy to take an hour cut in the time allotted to worry about waking up to see my parents’ house on fire. Let me explain.

    My husband and I drove back to Pineville on Saturday morning for a visit with my parents for the first time since Christmas. Overall, it was a great trip. We ate pizza, watched the Cats work their way to a Southeastern Conference championship and got to visit with our church (and biological) family members.

  • An ongoing scam is being perpetrated on the people of Anderson County and most people aren’t even aware of it.

    Until now, that is.

    Unlike most scams, this one doesn’t leave women, children and the elderly among the most vulnerable. Instead, its primary victims are builders, developers and industrialists bent on bring jobs, prosperity and a better life to the people of Anderson County.

  • How could one little missing hour mess with my head so much?

    I woke up totally confused Sunday. My body felt like someone threw me off a cliff. I lurched from room to room; I had no energy. Since my body clock was being screwed up, so was my food clock. So, I ate all day long. (Excuses, excuses.)

  • Caleb’s family grateful for support

    To the editor:

    Once again, our community has opened its heart and wallets to support a family in crisis. I am amazed by the outpouring of support and encouragement Caleb Pack and his family have received from Anderson County citizens and from numerous other communities. Caleb is one of our precious students at Robert B. Turner Elementary School who has been in critical condition due to very serious medical conditions since Jan. 13. He remains at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville.

  • Do you know your family’s health history? Or is it like a secret no one wants to talk about? Many health conditions, including Type 2 diabetes, run in families.

    Many people who get Type 2 diabetes have one or more family members with the disease.

    Knowing the health history of your siblings, parents and blood relatives is important because it gives you and your health care team information about your risk for developing health problems, such as Type 2 diabetes.

  • The birds are singing. The sun is shining. I’m coming out of hibernation. I have spring fever, bad.

    I got the bug the other day and went outside to play in the dirt. I didn’t stay long — it was 35 degrees. Soon those morning temps will be rising and I can’t wait.