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Opinion

  • 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.

  • Alienating people by blocking off Main Street to those not willing to purchase a $35 ticket to taste wine and bourbon is probably not the best way to preserve the city’s downtown.

    That’s what happened last Friday when The Society for the Historic Preservation of the City of Lawrenceburg Inc. held a fundraiser and the mayor’s office approved closing Main Street to accommodate the event.

  • Volunteering, a great opportunity to help people, meet people, and get recommendations for college. In fact, just getting involved in our community helps. Have you ever thought about it? While sure we can’t all be a mayor or judge, but the little things we do help so much.

  • Car-based development harms the least among us

    To the editor:

    Juanita Stratton does not drive. Like the majority of Anderson County residents, she lives in a residential subdivision, far away from essential destinations such as the doctor’s office, grocery stores, schools, and parks.

  • Anderson County will be presented with an opportunity over the next couple years to clog up the drain and prevent its brains from slipping away into other areas. This is an opportunity the county should fully embrace.

    As a story on this week’s front page points out, the Lawrenceburg campus of Bluegrass Community and Technical College has seen a 46 percent increase in enrollment in the past year. Around 800 students are enrolled at the campus.

    As the story also says, those students are of all ages — from 16 to 83, says Campus Liaison Rhonda Wheeler.

  • Well, we were a little dry. I’d say we’ve definitely gotten caught up on our rainfall. This is the time when I am really thankful for a mud room. Three dogs and one cat equals to 16 paw prints per step, and we all know they always travel in a straight line. Not. Spanky runs the Indy 500 whether she’s going out or coming inside. Tiller just dances and Boomer the cat likes to twirl. I can’t blame the blind dog.

  • Ah, going outside on a cool morning just before daylight with your father, mother or other family member.

    Watching carefully and being as quiet as you can as you listen closely to the rustle of leaves. Then getting an adrenaline rush as you see a deer come out of the woods.

    While not everyone is a hunter, some of us are and it’s always exciting. I’m a hunter. My dad and I go during the season and we know the importance of being safe, legal and responsible.

  • Health chair should be open minded or resign

    To the editor:

    I attended the Anderson County Board of Health meeting, August 23, 2009 to express my concern about the ordinance concerning septic systems. This meeting was for the public to make comments about the current ordinance.

    The board of health stated that this ordinance was in the best interest of Anderson County due to groundwater and public health concerns over failing septic systems. However, the board could not produce facts as to why a system would need pumping every three years.

  • Yesterday was the first official day of fall — one of my favorite seasons.

    Last year, I wrote about how much I love the smell of fall and how my husband pointed out that that means I must love the smell of dead leaves. Well, so be it. But I won’t bore you with that two years in a row.

    Last week, as we were tossing around ideas for a poll question on our website, it occurred to me that fall was literally just a week away. So, we decided to find out what you — our readers — love most about fall.

  • I was driving home just after dusk the other night and caught a whiff of watermelons in the air.

    It was cut grass, but to me it smelled like watermelon. It was like a last hoorah of summer.

    Well, autumn did officially begin yesterday. I know the cycle of life includes all four seasons, but I do hate to see the warm one go. But, go it must.

    I’m sure I’m not the only gardener that dreads putting the garden to bed. Now if I were getting ready to plant, I’d be raring to go.

  • President Obama made history yet again, but this time he inspired a nation of children. Elementary students did not get to view it but almost all the middle school and two high school classes watched it.

    I was in one of those two high school classes when it was on.

    Obama’s speech wasn’t full of politics like some people thought. Instead it turned out to be pretty inspiring.

  • I have to admit, I did not watch the VMAs on MTV Sunday night. I was among the millions of Americans tuning in to Sunday Night Football on NBC.

    However, more than I’ve heard about Brian Urlacher’s season-ending wrist injury and Jay Cutler’s four interceptions, I’ve been hearing about Kanye West’s outburst in the middle of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech during Sunday night’s award show.

    If you’re a fan of pop music, country music or have a child under the age of 25, chances are you know who Taylor Swift is.

  • Another season has come and gone. Seems like only yesterday we were savoring that first ear of corn, ripe tomato and squash casserole.

    I was usually up and picking at 6 a.m. Now the sun isn’t even up until after 7. The planet has moved on to the next season and so must we.