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Opinion

  • 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?

  • Fourth celebration worth the wait

    To the editor:

    I would like to extend a generous thank you to those who made the rescheduled Fourth of July celebration on the Green a success.

    We survived the storm and were rewarded with an excellent band, a fantastic fireworks display and the opportunity to have the community come together for an affordable evening.

    Thanks to our mayor and the city of Lawrenceburg, and thanks to the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary for a fine parade.

  • If you are pregnant, recently had a baby, are breastfeeding or have a child younger than 5 years of age, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) could help you.

    WIC is a short-term intervention program designed to influence lifetime nutrition and health behavior.

    WIC provides: nutrition education and services; breastfeeding promotion and education; a monthly food prescription of nutritious foods; and access to maternal, prenatal and pediatric health-care services.

  • Column as I see ’em ...

    When it comes to news about newspapers, the news isn’t usually very good these days.

    Sometimes, though, we run across reasons to celebrate, and if this isn’t one of those reasons, I don’t know what is.

    We received a subscription renewal notice from a lady last week who for the past 47 years has made sure her son receives a copy of our paper each week.

  • Trash bags, flashlight, full moon and friends, that’s all you need.

    We took these when we went hunting in the middle of the night. It wasn’t funny at the time, but now that it’s over with I’ll tell you the story of my hunting trip, I’m sure it will bring a laugh or two.

  • At 24 and a little over two full years out of college, I still consider myself a student — of life, if nothing else.

    I hope I never stop learning because, as Henry Ford once said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”

    In an effort to keep my mind (and yours) young, I’ll share a few things I’ve learned recently.

  • Borrowing a line from Kellie Pickler, “I’m a small town girl/And that’s all I’ll ever be/I’m a small town girl/Hey, that’s alright with me.”

    I’m pretty sure Pineville is smaller than Lawrenceburg — my parents think Lawrenceburg feels a lot bigger — but I’ve always said Lawrenceburg feels like home, only without the mountains.

    Still, my point is that I’m also from “a town so small you don’t need a map,” and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

  • Harvest season has begun.

    I picked my first tomatoes and squash last week and my partner farm started picking corn. Heaven on earth!

    There is nothing more delicious than fresh food from the garden, but you can’t eat it all at once. If you’re up to you elbows in peppers or squash, then roll up your sleeves.

    Storing the harvest can take many forms and it really depends on what you want to put up for the winter. Back in the olden days food was preserved in fat or oil, salt, vinegar or an alcoholic beverage.

  • Anderson County had budget reserves of around $1.2 million (depending on whom you ask) when Democrats booted former judge-executive Anthony Stratton from office in the May 2006 primary.

    Three budget years later, the county has budgeted to spend what remains of that amount and is staring into the abyss of a $600,000 budget shortfall next year (again, depending on whom you ask).

  • Four years, just four more years.

    Oh, no! Last week I sent off my postcard from the high school, letting them know I would be going for registration and getting acquainted with the classes and school.

  • This week, I’m taking a tip from our teen columnist, Brooke Tindall, and suggesting something I think would make Anderson County and Lawrenceburg a better place.

    My husband and I are avid readers when we can find the time to enjoy a good book, and both of us were particularly excited about the release of Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s “The Angel’s Game.”

  • All too rarely does life afford us the opportunity to meet someone whose character and virtue are above reproach.

    We had that chance Monday afternoon when high school teacher Hannah Scott visited us to clear her name after it was smeared by a student who claimed she showed him sexually explicit photos along with other allegations.

  • Ah, summer is officially here, with all its hot weather and extra time — for some of us anyway.

    Some of us can jump in the pool or go to sports practices. Many of us go on vacation, but that doesn’t last all summer long.

    Then, some of us stay inside and wonder what in the world can I do this summer? What is there in Anderson County for me to do? Believe it or not, there are quite a few things to do around here.

    Of course there are still many things that could make Lawrenceburg better and more fun in the summer.

  • Principal answering customers’ demands

    To the editor:

    Recent criticism of high school Principal Ray Woodyard is unfair and misdirected.

    All the evidence I can find indicates he was just honoring his customers’ priorities when he chose to recognize something else over academics at graduation.

    Some of the evidence is anecdotal and hard to share; much is hard to miss. This paper, for instance, has a sports section with its own editor, color front page and at least three inside pages every week.

  • Last week, we received a letter to the editor from “a disillusioned student at ACHS” — those are his or her words, not mine.

    I say his or her because this brief, five-word description is all the identifying information we received.

  • Mom responds to coach’s letter

    To the editor:

    This is in response to a letter by Joel Cotton printed in the June 3 edition of The Anderson News. The headline was “Little League parents need to be realistic.”

    I am the overzealous, aggressive mother with the arrogance and deranged sense of self Mr. Cotton wrote about.

    He has no right to call me or anyone these things. This is a man who calls himself a good coach. That he is not. He should get his facts together before he lashes out at me through the paper.

  • Let’s be clear about one thing here: the blame for the death of the 21-month-old child who was shot by his father last month rests solely with the man who pulled the trigger before killing himself.

    That was a tragedy of epic proportions for the family, and our hearts go out to each and every one of them.

    Left behind are myriad questions, including why the child was removed from his mother’s custody.

  • Welcome to the teen portion of The Anderson News.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this. It’s something you will enjoy and something aside from what most of you would say is boring news you don’t care about.

    For this first column I’m going to introduce myself and tell you how I got this opportunity.

    My name is Brooke Tindall. I am a teenager who lives in the country part of Anderson County. I am a member of Freedom Baptist Church and love going to church and being a Christian.