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Opinion

  • 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.

  • 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.