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Opinion

  • Column as I see ’em ...

    Did it bother you to see campaign floats during Saturday’s Christmas parade?

    I make a living commenting and writing about local politics, so when I saw those floats go by I knew right away that some folks were going to object.

    That’s fine, but let’s keep some perspective on this.

    Yes, a Christmas parade is supposed to be about Christmas and, by proxy, celebrating the birth of Christ.

  • Don’t be surprised if sooner rather than later a candidate for fiscal court or judge-executive shows up at your door, begging for your vote in next May’s primary.

    Each will probably offer the usual servings of political oatmeal about “saving money” and “taking a close look at the budget.”

    Those are OK, but not one should leave your doorstep until he or she answers the following question: What specifically will you do to bring industry and jobs to Anderson County?

  • If it quacks like a duck and honks like a goose and hangs out in the U.S. Congress a few months each year, it is either a Republican or Democrat.

    They look different, they make different noises, but they ultimately lay the same outcomes.

  • Last month, we celebrated a time of giving thanks. This month, we move into a time of, well, giving.

    Unfortunately, “giving” is a lot more difficult for 12.5 percent of the county’s population this year.

    As you may have read earlier on in this issue, Anderson County’s unemployment rate was at 12.5 percent in the month of October — up from 10.9 percent the month before.

    As the economy continues to take its toll on our community and make the holidays a lot less happy for some, there is at least one speck of light in all the darkness.

  • Here comes the cold. Have you looked at the trees? Some still have a few leaves clinging on to their branches. Guess the little chemical scissors haven’t finished snipping yet.

    November sure has spoiled us with all of its warm weather. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but December is going to feel like winter. Well, I guess that’s only fitting since Christmas is just around the corner and that means gifts.

  • Fox/Beck/Limbaugh/Hannity talking points not enough

    To the editor:

    Karen Richardson’s lengthy letter to the editor [Obama’s strategy must be stopped] in last week’s paper consisted of 18 paragraphs of statements and opinions without referencing one specific supportable fact.

    The Cloward-Piven Strategy to which she refers is a document written in the mid-1960s (50 years old, folks) that has absolutely no bearing or factual basis linking it to events occurring today.

  • Thursday is Thanksgiving and I have a lot to be thankful for this year.

    You, my readers, are one of the reasons for which I’m thankful. As the year comes to a close I think of all the kind words that have come my way from you. I think of all the questions and answers, all the stories shared and all the smiles exchanged. Along with a few seeds. You keep me on my toes and I thank you.

  • There is a remarkable difference between those who hunt and those who are hunters.

    Hunters are those who respect the tradition, follow the rules and harvest animals the right way and for the right reasons.

    Those who hunt are, at their worst, morons who swill beer or smoke dope (or both) while blasting away at whatever is unfortunate enough to walk in front of them.

    Too broad a brush? Too bad.

    Those who hunt are giving hunters a bad name, and I’m sick of it.

    Take, for instance, the morons who dump deer carcasses along our back roads.

  • Monday was a beast of a morning. I hit snooze at least three times before I got up.

    While getting dressed I saw a stain on my pant leg, and it didn’t take long to realize the jacket I pulled from the back of the closet was about a size too small.

    I already didn’t feel great, and all the clothing chaos gave me a headache and made me later than I wanted to be for work.

  • Climb aboard ‘industrial bandwagon’

    To the editor:

    I am ecstatic to see that Harley-Davidson is looking into moving its current York, Pa., facility to our great state.

    Hopefully, our current county and city leaders will not be content with just “grabbing our share” of the move if it happens.

    Why not do whatever it takes to grab the whole pie?

  • Medical expertise important for coroner

    To the editor:

    I was pleased to read in The Anderson News that Dr. Mark Tussey has announced his candidacy for Anderson County coroner.

    Coroner is a very important official of any community. It is the duty of the coroner to declare the cause of any death that is questionable occurring within the county. A scientific understanding of human anatomy and the numerous and varied complex causes of death are vital to fulfilling the function and responsibility of his office.

  • Anderson County High School has made plenty of history and has a lot about which to brag.

    From academics to sports, the high school is great.

    This year we’ll add another to that list, and this time it’s the marching band making history.

    Our band made school history by placing eighth in the state semifinals in its class, its highest finish ever. It jumped eight spots from last year, which is a huge improvement.

  • Bangs curled under and teased, wire-rimmed glasses, braces with colorful rubber bands — that was me in middle school.

    For whatever reason, I’ve been reminiscing about those years, 1997 and 1998 to be exact, a lot lately.

    Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of speaking to Mrs. Lisa Winfrey’s classes at Anderson County Middle School. This is the fourth or fifth time I’ve talked to her students and it’s always a wonderful experience.

  • Opportunity is likely to knock fairly soon on Anderson County’s door. It will be interesting to see if we, as a community, are willing to let it in.

    By now most of you know that Harley-Davidson is considering moving its manufacturing operations from York, Pa., to Shelbyville. That move would create a reported 2,000 jobs there and give Shelbyville one heck of a shot in the arm.

  • By all rights, Hilltop Plaza should be nothing more than a pile of charred remains.

    The fire that tragically ruined two businesses and killed dozens of animals could have, heck should have, been much worse.

    When our reporter arrived minutes after the fire was called out, smoke was already billowing from the building’s rafters. Given that strip malls are rivaled in short burning time only by trailers, it appeared to be a goner.

    But thanks for city and county firefighters, that isn’t the case.

  • Ground was broken Monday night, and not just for a new skateboard park.

    Those who achieved what appeared for years to be an impossible dream did more than turn over a ceremonial shovel of dirt. They also provided a blueprint for those who carp and whine incessantly about things they want but have no motivation to get.

    Nary a day goes by that someone or some group doesn’t complain about the lack of amenities in Anderson County, most notably a swimming facility.

  • Lights, camera, action! The famous words of movie making. Lawrenceburg will be seeing some movie making sometime next year. How exciting is that?

    Our small, friendly town of Lawrenceburg sure doesn’t get a lot of Hollywood attraction, until now. Yes, there’s been a movie or two filmed here. Heck, Kentucky is also home to several actors and actresses, including Hope Riley, the one who will be filming her movie here in a few months.

  • Thanks for continuing hunting photos

    To the editor:

    I wanted to take a moment to thank you for continuing to post the hunting pictures in The Anderson News, even after someone writes a letter to the editor regarding the elk hunting trip that made the front page.

    I realize that hunting may not be everyone’s “cup of tea” and I thought it was in poor taste that the author of that letter chose to write regarding a youth hunting adventure.

  • Sunshine sure makes me smile. I love to feel the warmth of the rays, no matter what the temperature is outside. As the days get shorter, we gradually get used to the “early dark,” but it does seem to change us. Have you noticed that we seem to get tired earlier in the winter?

  • My parents aren’t really vacation people.

    In fact, we only took one week-long vacation (to Myrtle Beach, S.C.) during my childhood.

    Other “vacations” were spent in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, Tenn. or lounging around the house happy to be free from work and school.

    Still today, it’s a small victory to get them to travel as far away from Pineville as Lawrenceburg.