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Opinion

  • 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.

  • I’m a big fan of edible landscapes and as a result, I’m always searching for new things to try. I am about to tell you about something relatively new to the United States that enhances the beauty of your landscape and gives you great tasting food.

    First, let me tell you that it grows just as well in clay soils as other types and has a pH range between 5 and 8. But wait, there’s more.

  • Word is that the mayor has asked each member of the city council to publicly apologize to the American Legion for remarks made at a recent meeting.

    Well I should say so.

    There was no cause to be disrespectful and hint that the Legion lacks compassion for physically challenged children because of its insistence that Little League cannot build a permanent backstop for a third field that will, among many other things, be used for a Challengers league.

  • It is strange to me that the Tea Party folks waited until after the presidential election to start marching around, even though they say they are just against bad government, which supposedly includes both the Republicans and the Democrats.

    They say way more other stuff, and it all looks loosely stitched together under a big banner of dislike for Obama.

  • Carlton thanks Heritage Hall, Hospice

    To the editor,

    I would like to this opportunity to thank the wonderful staff at Heritage Hall for their loving care of my grandmother, Naomi Brown.

    Each staff member looked after her with the same love and affection they would show their own loved ones. As my grandmother’s end neared, everyone in the building from the administration to the custodians bent over backward to make sure that not only she was comfortable, but that our family was comfortable as well.

  • Sometimes it’s funny how things work out.

    Take for instance, the story a few pages over about Biscuit, the dog rescued by Anderson County volunteer firefighters over the weekend.

    You see, the fire department hosted the second of two ice rescue training sessions last Friday, and we here at The Anderson News had already planned on covering the training in this week’s paper.

    I was waiting on Battalion Chief Chris Harrod to drop by our office to identify firefighters in the photos we planned to use, when Mrs. Rosemary Bowling dropped by with a story idea.

  • Most guys who don’t own trucks almost always make buddies with guys who do.

    There’s no way around doing so, unless you want to haul a new washing machine home atop the family sedan, or the deer you just harvested in the sedan’s trunk.

    To a lesser degree and dependent upon their varied interests, there are also guys who seek out buddies with ponds. Being the proud owner of a pickup, I’ve become the latter and have very well befriended a local guy with a sizable pond in his front yard.

  • Let’s hope city officials don’t hit the snooze button after the recent wake-up call they received.

    The problem at Briar Creek woke them from their slumber after they learned that the bond in place to fix private streets there wasn’t nearly enough (See story, A1.). Once that and similar bond problems are fixed, though, here’s hoping they don’t doze off again before fixing their mistake of spending taxpayer money to remove snow from private streets.

  • First thing’s first: Thank you to all of the local pastors and church representatives who attended The Anderson News’ informational meeting last Thursday.

    Though I didn’t get a final count, we had somewhere between 20 and 30 in attendance, so I would deem that a success.

  • Our recent snow days gave me the opportunity to hibernate on the hill for two extra days and I loved it.

    It gave me the opportunity to catch up on all those little things I kept putting off. OK, doing my taxes isn’t a little thing, but since all I have to do is gather up everything and take it to my tax preparer, it makes it a little thing.

  • City owes apology to Legion Post

    To the editor:

    Members of Lawrenceburg’s Anderson Post 34 of the American Legion appear to be getting a lesson in the old adage, “let no good deed go unpunished.”

    News Editor Shannon Mason Brock reported that Lawrenceburg Mayor Edwinna Baker had decided the city should install a ball field on the Legion’s property despite the Post’s contention that the new field would interfere with parking needed during the annual Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show.

  • As we gear up to grow our gardens, I thought it’d be a perfect time for a little history lesson. A walk down memory lane from a 1900s issues of Stars and Stripes provides a vast amount of facts.

    While our soldiers were fighting in World War II, the people of this country were called to do everything they could to help support them. One of those things were war gardens, better known as victory gardens.

  • You would think the fiscal court would have least given taxpayers a kiss on the cheek or cab fare home after taking such thorough advantage of them.

    The fiscal court used the timeless art of seduction exceptionally well in 2008, luring taxpayers into its parlor and whispering what now amount to sweet nothings in their ears.

    Those nothings included promises in the form of unanimous votes to reduce the county’s debt and sink additional money into its crumbling roads.

  • Valentine’s Day is not for lovers — it’s for those who plan well and well in advance.

    But most of us — myself included — aren’t like that, yet we still have to come up with some gifting options.

    With the help of About.com, eHow.com and some good old-fashioned thinking of my own, I thought I’d share a few last minute gift ideas in case you are even further behind in your planning than me.

    E-gift cards

  • Expectant mothers are getting a new tool to help keep themselves and their babies healthy: pregnancy tips sent directly to their cell phones.

    The so-called text4baby campaign is the first free, health education program in the country to harness the reach of mobile phones, according to its sponsors, which include Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, WellPoint and CareFirst BlueCross and Blue Shield. Wireless carriers including AT&T, Verizon and Sprint have agreed to waive all fees for receiving the texts.