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Opinion

  • Politicians to blame for nation’s ills

    To the editor:

    Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

    Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits? Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?

  • Anderson County needs a do-over.

    A do-over, that is, on the board of health’s decision to construct a $2 million building near Walmart.

    For the life of me I cannot make sense of that decision, and not from the perspective of whether such a building is even needed.

    Here’s what doesn’t add up: The health board, after years of contemplation and consideration of roughly 20 options, chose to swap a perfectly good public building plus $125,000 in cash for 2 acres of land near Walmart.

  • Being a Disney princess never goes out of style — on Halloween that is.

    In my research for the story on today’s front page, I learned that Disney princess costumes are the seventh most popular among children this year. And of course, if you have a young girl in the family or take a stroll through any toy section for any reason, you’re bound to see the whole gang — Snow White, Belle, Cinderella, Aurora.

    For me, I’m not exactly sure who came first, Belle or Cinderella. Either way, they both have left vivid Halloween stories in my memory.

  • Elk photo akin to watching ‘vomit in color’

    To the editor:

    Once again my senses were pinched by a ghastly color photo of a beautiful, dead animal on the cover of [last week’s] paper.

    It happens every year.

    Yes, I know all the reasons. They eat the meat, it’s a sport, family activity, good for kids’ self-esteem, etc.

    I completely understand and know there is an overpopulation of deer. Heck, they brought the elk in just so they could be shot at, I guess. 

  • A couple weekends ago I was asked for my opinion on an idea one by one of my church members.

    The idea was to have a family dance around this winter, which my mom and I think is a great idea for a variety of reasons.

    There isn’t a lot to do during the winter besides sit at home because it’s cold and few sports seasons are in play.

    The dance would be inside, where it would be warm, and we could have fun socializing and dancing.

    Who doesn’t love a few hours of that?

  • As we fall deeper into our cold season, we can watch for several signs, like the “old-timers” did.

    They watched their environment. I use several of these folklore forecasters. It’s fun and it’s fairly accurate. Just keep an eye on your environment.

    Start watching the moon for halos. A lot of them means a lot of snow falls. Take a look at the wooly worms. They’re all over the place right now. There are several different kinds of wooly bears, and they do come in different bands of colors or even solid black.

  • Column as I see ’em ...

    Kudos this week go to the Anderson County Board of Health for listening to the public and doing away with that goofy septic tank pumping ordinance. (See page A1.)

    Anderson was the only county in the state with such an ordinance, and with good reason: it was bad policy.

  • It appears the Anderson County Fiscal Court has a line on a pile of grant money to purchase some property.

    I don’t know that for a fact, but make the assumption based on statements by the judge-executive and ongoing closed-door negotiations during recent fiscal court meetings.

    A month ago, Judge-Executive Steve Cornish slammed the door on what he said were ongoing rumors that the fiscal court was considering buying the current health department building once it moves into its new $2 million home near Wal-Mart. (More on that in a moment.)

  • Patience, how many of us can say we have that trait? Ever heard the saying the best things happen to those who wait? I’m not always the most patient person, especially when I want it done or I’m in a hurry. While you may not be a believer of that saying, every now and then you get a great example of one though.  For me that happened youth hunt weekend with my brother.

  • I’ve learned a lot about family in the past week. It’s probably nothing I haven’t learned before, but some lessons are worth repeating.

    Family may very well be the most important thing in this life since it is the first thing God gives us when we are born. But because some original families don’t live up to their potential, we continue to get opportunities to add to the group we call our family.

  • As the leaves go from green to gold, and the makings for compost blanket the lawn, I have one constant chore, removing sticktights. Walking the farm leaves me covered with the little seeds that attach themselves to almost everything.

    Spanky and Tiller get covered from head to toe causing me to keep the brushes by the back door. I’ve learned to wear nylon. I really believe that some scientist ought to study those little seeds and make them the “new” Velcro of our time.

  • Where’s ‘revolt’ over sewer billing?

    To the editor:

    Have any citizens written opinions to The Anderson News about the sewer billing in Lawrenceburg?

    I’m surprised people haven’t begun a revolt.

    We live in Briar Creek and recently had to water quite a bit outside to get new grass to germinate before cold weather (we did have a dry spell in September) and I just received my water bill for the month.

  • In the middle of a spirited conversation with my husband about the industry I’ve grown to love so much, I paused, choked back a tear, and said:

    “I mean this in the most loving way possible, but you’re a prime of example of why newspapers are ‘dying.’ “

    I then launched into a laundry list of reasons to back up my thesis statement.

    He never reads this newspaper.

    He doesn’t care what happens locally even though we’ve been Lawrenceburg residents for four months.

  • Carey deserves thanks for tractor pull

    To the editor:

    I would like to take a moment to say thanks to Eddie Carey, the local 4-H club, the competitors and everyone else who worked so hard to put on a good truck and tractor pull.

    The crowd was large, very polite and there wasn’t any trouble. It was a good time for all who attended.

    I just hope we can have more of this type of entertainment in the future.

    Keep up the good work, Eddie.

    Marshall Satterly

    Lawrenceburg

  • Remember all those rains we’ve been getting this month? Imagine if it was snow.

    One inch of rain is equivalent to 10 inches of snow. Oh boy. So, how much would a whole foot of snow weigh, if it was sitting on the roof right now? Snow weighs in at six pounds per square foot for every 12 inches of snow. Good thing most roofs are built to handle 30 to 40 pounds per square foot. Good tip to know for this coming winter.

  • I love fall season for many reasons, and this month there are so many things going on. To name a few there’s Halloween, pastor appreciation month, the end of the trimester at high school(finals also), deer season, fall festivals and much more.

    Halloween is a great holiday, especially for the younger kids. Even if we don’t go trick-or-treating we can still work at Autumn Splash, church trunk-or-treats or even just passing out candy for the neighborhood kids.

  • “Crossbows are for handicapped people,” the guy at Bass Pro Shop said, a smarmy grin plastered to his face that, if not for fear of an assault and battery charge, I would have gladly wiped right off his puss. “You guys don’t look handicapped.”

    That’s pretty much the reaction I’ve received from pompous, more camouflaged-than-thou archery enthusiasts since my son bought me a crossbow for my birthday earlier this month.

  • Paper gives hope that ‘truth, justice’ will prevail

    To the editor:

    The Anderson News’ news team is doing a good job regarding forceful and factual investigative reporting on recent difficult and important issues like the septic tank inspections and the location of the health department.

    Also, the paper was way in front of the Herald-Leader about the real facts in the case of the police removing from the mother’s home the child who was later murdered.

  • I don’t know about you guys, but I washed all my sweatshirts last week. Now that October is here, we can expect a whole year of weather. One day it’s summer, the next fall, then winter and summer. That’s just one week.

    Fall is just as fickle as spring. Since the weather seems to affect our lives daily, I thought a little knowledge might be helpful.

  • An open letter to the University of Kentucky football team:

    The No. 1 team in the nation came into your house and left with a win after putting up 41 points to your 7.

    Another top 5 team came into your house and handed you a loss, 38 to 20.

    Obviously, neither of these endings is quite what you (or your fans) hoped for — but heads up, boys. It’s only as bad as you make it.