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Opinion

  • Anderson sidestepped dog ordinance ‘disaster’

    To the editor: 

    Having lived in rural Kentucky, I understand the difference between city dogs and country dogs. 

    That said, I presently live in Jefferson County where, several years ago, a much longer version of the recently proposed Anderson County dog ordinance was passed into law.

    Both ordinances can be traced back to the same source. Both ordinances were touted as cures to communities ravaged by dog attacks.

  • Column as I see ’em ...

    You know that whole spiel the police go through while making an arrest? The “anything you say can and will be used against you” spiel?

    Someone should tell Billy Gillispie that that includes comments made to the media after he popped off to a Houston-area television station shortly after entering alcohol rehabilitation.

  • I love my dog. A simple statement, but so true. For those of you who know me, you know just how true it really is. My dog, Molly, is like my baby… literally.

    I found her abandoned as a small puppy and I fell in love right away. Yes, I’m one of those “idiots” who treats her dog like a family member. And I’m not alone in this category.

  • It’s safe to say that a number of students all across America, even here in Anderson County, missed out on a historic opportunity Tuesday.

    President Barack Obama addressed all of the country’s students through a webcast with one goal in mind: instilling in them the value of education.

    Perhaps if a president had been capable of making such a speech to the parents of today’s students when they were students themselves, Obama’s speech would have been more effective.

  • Staff columnist Shannon Mason Brock says that no matter what she writes, readers will see what they want to see.

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  • Just because you’re in the mud, it doesn’t make you dirty. Have you ever heard that? What about don’t judge a book by its cover? That’s something we should all know, and something that brought a lot of meaning to me the Sunday before last at church.

  • That laughing you hear (metaphorically speaking, at least) is coming from irresponsible pit bull owners who just finished reading this week’s front page.

    Yep, all the hubris and tough talk from the fiscal court earlier this year about making vicious dogs much more difficult to own now resembles what my dog leaves each morning in the back yard.

    A pile of you know what.

  • Septic tank ordinance a ‘public embarrassment’

    To the editor:

    In 2004, the board of health evidently enacted the septic tank ordinance for no valid reason, and now it is attempting to defend that action with such stalwart statements as “had to start somewhere” or it was based on “expert testimony.”

    Who were the experts? They must have been the septic tank pumpers since they are the only beneficiaries of the ordinance.

  • 'I can't beat the city' on wooden crosses

    To the editor:

    My dad and uncle’s wooden cross meant so much to my family that I have been battling the city for almost four months to keep it up in the cemetery.

    I’m sure the people in the community are tired of hearing about it.

    I have realized now I can’t beat the city. The city has won this fight.

  • Happy September. Is it me, or is everyone else feeling fall in the air? Doesn’t it seem just a tid bit early?

    We were talking at the library the other day and someone had noticed the nuts dropping already. My friend Jane said the squirrels were just gobbling them up. You know what that means?

  • Swine flu, the flu and cold season. They’re all scary things to even think about and dread. Winter and fall are two great seasons, but the one thing that makes them bad is the flu and colds.

    The flu can turn deadly if not taken care of, as can a simple cold. That’s all the more reason to remind ourselves of how to stay away from them.

  • Want to know a dirty little secret?

    People who live in bedroom communities are eventually taxed to death — unless they leave before they die.

    That fate can be foiled, but only if that bedroom community wakes up in time to realize that adding an economic development base to its mix can stave off its demise.

  • Screaming for government to be fair is sometimes no different than one sibling quibbling with another over who takes the first bath.

    Eventually, everyone gets a good soaking.

    Soaked is likely what everyone who owns a septic tank will eventually get, thanks to a crowd of about 50 people who voiced their displeasure during last Wednesday’s board of health meeting.

  • This American will not stand for socialism

    To the editor:

    I offer the following points about the ongoing debate over government-run health care:

    1. Where in our Constitution does it state that health care is a right or that the federal government is ordained to force health care upon the populace without its consent?

    2. The Canadian health care system is on the verge of bankruptcy, following our own in Massachusetts and California government run health care plans, which are billions of dollars in the red.

  • It’s frightening, really, that the board of health apparently never even considered the tax-base ramifications of building its new $2.1 million health department next door to Wal-Mart.

    That decision forever eliminates yet another piece of prime commercial real estate from the property tax rolls, a practice of public agencies here that is all too common and needs to stop.

  • Well, the garden’s harvest is winding down for many.

    Folks are stocking the pantry with all the freshness of summer that can be done.

    Those of you with herb gardens need to step it up. The herbs are stronger before they go to flower.

  • Just because my husband is six months younger than me doesn’t mean I’m robbing the cradle — even though it might look that way.

    Let me explain.

    On Sunday, Josh and I were enjoying a relaxing afternoon at home watching TV (I’m sure it was something sports related), when our doorbell rang.

    Our doorbell never rings. We almost never have unexpected visitors. We’re usually peering out the windows in anticipation of our guests arriving.

    Anyway, the doorbell rang, and Josh answered the door.

  • Column as I see ’em ...

    At first blush it was easy to be outraged at the very idea that the school board is considering for a 5.25 percent increase to the tax rate.

    In times like these? When unemployment stands at 10 percent locally and people are being foreclosed on at a record rate?

  • As humans, we had our shot at being perfect, but Adam and Eve blew that in the garden, and we’ve all been making mistakes ever since.

    Michael Vick is no exception. Vick, who bankrolled a dog-fighting operation, made several big mistakes, and for those mistakes he was punished through our country’s court system and through the National Football League, by which he was employed.

    His complete reinstatement is still pending, even though the Philadelphia Eagles signed him last week. (Should he be reinstated, he will play for the Eagles.)

  • Cemetery ordinance serves responsible purpose

    To the editor,

    Over the past two weeks I have been following the controversy over the wooden crosses in the Lawrenceburg City Cemetery. I do not wish to be insensitive to this family or their situation. However, they are looking at this from a very emotional perspective (which is to be expected). We as a community should be looking at this from a factual perspective.