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Opinion

  • 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.

  • Stop being wasteful and recycle

    To the editor:

    We all hear and say things about going green. Why are we not doing our part? 

    I would love to be able to recycle my garbage that can be recycled. I hate the thought of throwing all the things that could be reused into the garbage. We could save so much land if we would just invest, as the new garbage company has invested in the new trucks and containers, in a program that maybe could provide for recyclables pick-up.

  • We arrived in Lawrenceburg in January 1996 and literally drove up to a house I hadn’t seen since I was a child and had little memory about it.

    Mike and the kids had only seen pictures. We had followed a bad snowstorm cross-country from California. It was a less than joyous trip fraught with mishaps, making for cranky children.

  • Before Monday night’s meeting of the city council was called to order, my feet were the center of attention for at least a few seconds.

    Someone pointed out that I was clearly taking advantage of the sunshine and warmer temperatures because on March 8 — nearly two weeks before the official start of spring — I was already sporting sandals.

    I smiled, simply replying, “Yep, and there’s no turning back now.”

    “I hope it doesn’t snow again,” Mayor Edwinna Baker said.

  • I shared my favorite memory of my dying uncle with my mom by phone last Thursday night.

    By Friday morning it was too late to share it with him, and I will forever regret not doing so.

    My uncle fell ill about a week earlier, and his doctors didn’t give him long to live. Following a stay in the hospital, he returned home ostensibly to live out the remainder of his days.

    My dad gave me his brother’s address and my intention was to send him a note or card or something to let him know I was thinking about him and, frankly, to say goodbye.

  • Just as “Video Killed the Radio Star,” the Internet and mobile devices have a hit out on newspapers.

    According to a recent survey report released by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, the Internet is now the third-most popular news platform, sandwiched between local and national television news (at the top) and national newspapers, local newspapers and radio.

  • Condition of Woodlawn gravesite upsetting

    To the editor,

    I am writing in regard to Woodlawn Cemetery, located in Stringtown.

    I understand that it has predominantly African Americans buried there, but they should be treated with the same respect as Caucasians buried in Lawrenceburg Cemetery.

    My sister and I went to Woodlawn to pay our respects to a young man who recently passed away. We were astounded. He was laid to rest in the very back of the cemetery, and there was no road to get to his gravesite.