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Opinion

  • 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.

  • 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.

    For her full column, see this week's Anderson News, available on newsstands across the county.

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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.