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Opinion

  • Say what you want about Big Blue Nation — just don’t call us uncaring.

    Along with guiding the Wildcats to an 18-0 record, being the only unbeaten team left in the nation and propelling the team to (what will inevitably be) a No. 1 ranking, John Calipari and his behind-the-scenes team organized the “Hoops for Haiti” telethon that raised over $1 million for the Red Cross to provide help in Haiti.

    One. Million. Dollars.

  • Mary Peach obit was inspiring

    To the editor:

    After reading the obituary for Ms. Mary Peach, wife of Al Peach, I felt inspired to write this letter, which is a first for me.

    My hope is that when all is said and done in this life, those who knew us can say some of the things that were said about Ms. Peach.

    If your readers have not read her obituary, I encourage them to do so and consider as I have what our obituary might say.

  • By now we’ve all heard about the devastating earthquake in Haiti. It is a disaster for untold numbers of people and it should make us all stop and think. Is our house as prepared as it should be? What if we had no stores right now? Food means survival.

  • Since this is my first column in The Anderson News, I wanted to tell how I ended up in Lawrenceburg. I was born in Kentucky, but after a few years in college I found my way to the West Coast. I spent 20 years in Northern California, met my husband and had my children there. In 1996, we decided to move back to Kentucky. We chose Lawrenceburg because we had a farm here.

  • Legislative sessions are much like snowflakes. They appear the same from a distance, but look closely and you’ll see each has a pattern all its own.

    Right now, the 2010 Regular Session that began in Frankfort Tuesday looks to the casual observer like most legislative sessions held in even-numbered years. It will last 60 legislative days. Its main purpose is to pass a state budget before a new two-year budget cycle begins in July. And legislative procedure will be the same, too.

  • Wise's lame political 'comics' are a joke

    To the editor:

    Every time I look at one of political cartoonist Terry Wise’s “comics” I get so mad at the lame political comments, I had to write.

    All your characters look the same — like Walmart shoppers zoned out on Mt. Dew and WWE TV shows.

    Obviously there are people who think you can draw since you are in The Anderson News. But to me, you are not funny. I just don’t get your stuff.

  • History has made it clear that it’s impossible to legislate morality.

    Not even Moses zapping “Thou Shalt Not Kill” onto a slab of rock and throwing it at a bunch of heathen fornicators has been able to stop mankind from greasing each other by any means available, and probably never will.

    Gun laws have never prevented people from misusing them, and laws against robbing banks have never kept people from robbing them.

  • Let me introduce you to two people:

    The first is a 15-year-old freshman in high school. She’s a cheerleader, and a little boy-crazy. She’s insecure, as most freshmen are, and she tries desperately to keep up with the latest trends, fashions, hairdos and hair-don’ts. She listens to pop music and can tell you anything and everything you could possibly want to know about Top 40 artists.

  • There is hope for horses in hard times

    To the editor:

    The story about the abandoned horses [“Abandoned horses put down” on Dec. 30] was heartbreaking. I’m an animal lover and have dogs, cats and horses myself. It angers me that someone would let these magnificent creatures get to such a debilitated state that they couldn’t be helped. Unfortunately some people that own animals are ignorant and won’t reach out for help. 

  • Column as I see ’em ...

    Kudos to the city council for discussing how to collect city property taxes from those who don’t pay.

    It’s flat-out amazing that, in 2010, the council is just now getting around to doing so, but that’s another story.

  • Here’s a happy thought. Spring will be here in just a little over two months. With that in mind I thought this would be a good time to start planning the garden. We’ve got all of those gardening catalogues arriving in our mailbox almost daily. All you need is paper and pen to get started.

    I love to page through the catalogues and circle the item and the page numbers of those things that I’m interested in possibly growing. Don’t hold back. You never know what the next catalogue will bring and you may want to plant several varieties of the same thing.

  • New Year’s resolutions are made to be broken.

    It’s a negative outlook, I know, but usually it’s true. And, that’s why I typically don’t make resolutions.

    But hey, it’s a new year and by my calculations, with all the resolutions I’ve broken in the past, I’m due to make a resolution that will actually stick.

    So, to increase my chances of making one I’ll actually go through with, I’ve made four for 2010, ranging from small and specific to large and broad.

  • Fox News offers both sides of stories

    To the editor:

    I must respond to the letter last week that said those who watch Fox News are uninformed. That person is wrong, and here’s why.

    A little over a year ago I was happily watching the CBS Nightly News with Katie Couric. Even though her ratings were low, I stood behind Katie every night.

    If I didn’t watch CBS, I watched CNN.

    My last night of watching CBS happened this way:

  • Last Wednesday, Judge-Executive Steve Cornish called our office and asked if we would like to do a “heartbreaking” story.

    I cautiously replied “maybe,” not knowing that my heart would actually end up broken.

    Cornish began to tell me about three horses, at least one of which can be seen on the front page, which had been abandoned in the Birdie area.

    “Altogether, they probably didn’t weigh 800 pounds,” Cornish said.

  • It should be a no-brainer next year when the city and county accept bids for their insurance needs that the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) and the Kentucky League of Cities are automatically rejected.

    There can be no other conclusion given the outright financial debauchery that has come to light during the past year, and the exceptionally scathing comments made about each by the state auditor’s office.

  • If you have been to our website lately or are among the 630-plus signed up to receive our e-mail blasts, you’ve probably seen that we’re asking you to submit your favorite photos from Christmas 2009.

    We also asked for Christmas traditions, Thanksgiving photos and Thanksgiving traditions from 2009 — but we didn’t receive any of those.

    So, to encourage some audience participation this time around, I’ve included one of my favorite photos from Christmas this year.

    What? Christmas isn’t here yet, you say.

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    Editor’s note: Virginia O’Hanlon, 8, wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

     

    “Dear Editor: I am 8 years old.

    “Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

  • Rue, Richardson wrong about Fox News

    To the editor:

    I’m glad to see in his letter to the editor last week that Mr. Rue has joined our ongoing discussion as to the validity of Fox News and the likes of Glenn Beck.

    Unfortunately I was traveling and unable to respond to Mrs. Richardson’s second group of unsupportable facts and Fox opinion points.

  • Al-Qaida and the Taliban have never been, are not now and never will be a threat to America or our freedoms.

    They may pluck a tail feather from our Eagle now and then, but they will never bring her down.

    The profiteers in Washington and the members of Congress who support them have been and continue to be the real threat. They constitute a much greater danger to our way of life than some phantom enemy in a country nearly 8,000 miles from our shores.

  • Come on, Mayor Baker, give us a break

    To the editor:

    I am only 24 years old and have lived in Lawrenceburg my whole life.

    I have been to all the parades before with the exception of one due to sickness.

    There has always been politics in parades. I was not offended by the floats and was excited just to know that many floats were in the parade this year.

    The parade is never that long and has been dull in the past. If someone has a problem with the candidates handing out stuff, then don’t accept it.