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Opinion

  • 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.

  • Milams say thanks for cards, prayers

    To the editor:

    We want to express a sincere note of gratitude for all of the phone calls, get well cards and prayers Courtney has received both before and since her ACL surgery.

    We are happy to report that her surgery went well and she is already undergoing therapy that will continue for the next eight months. It’s times like these that knowing you have such support helps you to recover even sooner.

    Thanks again.

    Joe Milam and family

    Lawrenceburg

  • People in communities founded in the agrarian ethos such as ours certainly understand the old adage that calls on them to “make hay when the sun shines.”

    Even city folks here know that means hay should be baled and stored when dry, less the farmer risk rotting his haul or setting his hay loft ablaze via spontaneous combustion.

    In other words, don’t bale wet hay.

    That adage is not lost on politicians, national or otherwise.

  • Anderson News is ‘best small-town newspaper’

    To the editor:

    My warmest congratulations to the staff of The Anderson News for the skills and hard work that always characterize the earning of any worthwhile achievement or recognition. 

    The Kentucky Press Association’s awards were indeed earned in the purest sense of that word.

  • With each day that passes, students here find a new way to make me proud to cover education in Anderson County.

    In a few short weeks, students all across the district donated enough (whether monetarily or with tangible items) to send over $2,500 and a truck load of supplies to earthquake victims in Haiti.

    And because I’m fairly certain I’m not aware of all of the existing projects, the grand totals are sure to be much more than that.

  • My computer went belly up three days ago. I’ve had to revert to my yellow legal pad and black felt-tip pen, or whatever kind of tip it may be nowadays. This was, in the past, the only way I could write anything until I started working on my computer.

    Now trying to go cold turkey from my machine for me is like withdrawal from tobacco. My hands flitter about with nothing to click. I can’t open up anything. My fingers yearn to delete the forwards in my e-mail, and not being able to check that is like a starvation diet.

  • I probably lost a layer or two of enamel while gritting my teeth during last Tuesday’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

    Out of the blue, Judge-Executive Steve Cornish began discussing a recent budget committee meeting — a meeting about which the public should have been notified and one that I would have certainly attended.