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Opinion

  • 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.

  • Awww, the sun is going down sooner. You know what that means? Summer is ending. On the bright side, the sun doesn’t glare right in on you when you’re driving home. There is an up side to everything. Sometimes you have to look really hard though. I’m trying to find the bright side to a spider bite right now.

  • Man’s best friend, maybe, then again maybe not. The park and dogs just seem not to mix apparently. Dogs are great, until they hurt someone or cause a problem that is.

    Dogs mean different things to different people. Some say a dog is like a member of their family, others however say it’s just a dog, nothing special about it. How you see it determines your view on a dog ordinance.

  • There are certain moments when all the world feels right.

    Like when your dad sees your new house for the first time. He puts his arm around your shoulders, and even though he doesn’t say much, you just know he’s proud of you.

    Or when you go out to dinner with all of your friends, and you’re perfectly content to just sit back, smile and take in the others’ conversations because evenings like that are too few and far between.

  • Did you see that full moon last week? I sat on the porch to watch the huge ball of orange rise above the tree tops. What a sight. Spanky and Tiller nuzzled up to join me, but kept their eyes on the rabbits playing in the grass.

    The moon rise wasn’t enough action for them. With one word they were off and running after the rabbits. Fear not, the rabbits made a clean getaway; it’s the chase the dogs enjoy.

  • Paper right on DUIs, city wrong on crosses

    To the editor:

    There are a few things I’d like to get off my chest. First off, about the dentist and his [alleged] DUIs.

    Thank you, Anderson News, for giving me the heads up on this dentist. This is coming from a mother of two little ones who is trying to find a good local dentist to take her family to.

    Instead of complaining, maybe you people should be thanking God that he didn’t kill himself or someone else.

  • Confusion, yeah you could say that, but worry? No.

    Walking into that intimidating, huge building certainly seemed like a task. The high school itself and the added freshman center are big. Taking a deep breath and walking nervously into the new school was all I could do, it seemed like, Tuesday morning.

  • As the nation churns over health care reform, those of us living in Congressman Ben Chandler’s district apparently aren’t going to be able to ask his thoughts on the divisive issue.

    I mentioned last week that Chandler has no town hall meetings scheduled during his August recess. It’s hard to blame him because his fellow democrats in Congress are getting shouted out of their own town hall meetings by people not ready to allow government to take over so much of nation’s healthcare.

  • Column as I see ’em ...

    When word gets around that the police are giving people a 10 mph break in a 55 zone, people will drive 65.

    When they learn that they can fudge certain portions on their tax return, people will cheat.

    When parents don’t enforce a curfew, children will be delinquents.

    And when they learn that the rules at Lawrenceburg Cemetery aren’t enforced, people will break them.

    That’s the trouble with rules. Unless they are consistently enforced, they might as well be suggestions.

  • Paper correct on alleged drunk driver

    To the editor:

    I applaud The Anderson News for featuring the drunk driver article on the front page several weeks ago, and I am dumbfounded by the petty-based criticism of the newspaper for putting it there.

    I recall the Carroll County school bus tragedy that burned the life out of 24 children, three adults and injured 34 more some with disfiguring burns. That indescribable tragedy was caused by a hollow-eyed [allegedly] drunk driver traveling north in the southbound lane of I-71.

  • When our office was downtown, I walked up and down Main Street on an almost daily basis, but I’ve never walked on Main Street like I did last Friday.

    Friday I spent basically the whole day with one of my very best friends, April, and her husband, Mitch.

    April and I go way back — to at least fifth or sixth grade. We were besties throughout middle school and high school. I was in her wedding; she was in mine.

  • It’s hard to believe that August is almost here.

    School starts next week. Man, whatever happened to the good old days when you started school right after Labor Day and got out by Memorial Day?

    Seems like three months off, in a row, would save a lot of money for the district. I bet capital improvement projects would be a lot smoother. And, hey, let’s not forget the students’ education.

  • “I think it’s a great idea,” my friend Katie Hilbert said when asked about a skate park. “I think it’s a good idea because, if you skate, you’re not allowed to skate anywhere else.”

    The city finally got a grant for a skate park. Work should begin on it within the next two months.

    I was glad to hear that the city received the grant, which means the county and city are becoming better for the teens.

  • Carlson unfairly criticized over dentist’s two DUIs

    To the editor:

    My family and I have received on many occasions excellent care from Dr. Dahlen.

    My family and I, along with others, have watched with interest our local paper’s coverage of Dr. Dahlen’s problems with the law that endangered other citizens’ lives.

  • Remember those old cries of “Break up Ma Bell!” back in the 1980s when the monopolistic telephone company practically ran the world?

    Although breaking up the Kentucky Association of Counties might seem a bit extreme, perhaps it’s time to trim a few of its overgrown branches.

    For those living under a rock over the past month, KACo has been under almost constant attack after the Herald-Leader exposed its lavish — and at times vulgar — spending practices.

  • Fall has always been one of my favorite seasons. There’s just something about the smell of dead leaves.

    Last year, for me though, fall brought with it a new list of reasons to fall in love.

    First downs. The wildcat formation. The red zone. Man-to-man coverage. Touchdowns!

    What can I say? The football bug got a hold of me and left a lasting bite with an itch that can’t wait to be scratched.

  • Column as I see ’em ...

    Had an interesting chat with the city attorney based on a note in last week’s column about the need for the city to crack down on mowing the yards of abandoned homes.

    He asked for what I would do about the problem, which I’ll gladly share here.

    First, I’d solicit bids from yard mowing services to cut the yards, eliminating the need to use city employees and freeing them to do more pressing work.

  • So, apparently I talk a lot.

    Those of you who have never met me may find that hard to believe, but those of you who know me know that once you get me started, I just keep going.

    Apparently last month I just kept going and going and going — at least on my cell phone.

    My parents still receive the paper copy of my cell phone bill, so imagine my surprise when my mother called last Thursday and told me my bill for that month was nearly $400.

    Yes, $400. It’s normally about $60.

  • Paper should focus on Obama, not Dahlen

    To the editor:

    Picking up [last week’s edition of] The Anderson News, as we always do, was a true disappointment to my husband and myself.

    It’s not that the “Dentist charged” (you know the rest) story was in the paper, but where and how it was displayed. You must have needed this for your ratings.

    With what is happening, the destruction of our nation by [President] Obama’s agenda, is this the best you can do?