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Opinion

  • 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.

  • Five minutes.

    It only took five minutes to drive to work on Monday morning, and I don’t imagine it will differ much from here on out.

    Do you know how fabulous that is?

    That’s right, neighbors. I’m an official Lawrenceburgian…umm, Lawrenceburgite…hmm, we’ll just go with my personal favorite — Lawrenceburger.

    As of last Friday afternoon, my husband and I no longer live in Lexington, and I no longer have to drive 40 minutes or so to work every day. It’s amazing.

  • Boy, offer to spend $90,000 for something to at least cool off the natives and what does the city council get in return? A bucket of cold water.

    That sort of reaction doesn’t come as a surprise from residents who are sick of being told one thing, only to get no-thing.

  • Spray garden? Taxpayers hosed again

    To the editor:

    The city of Lawrenceburg is proposing a “spray garden” so children will have a place to cool off on hot summer days.

    While I applaud some members of the Lawrenceburg City Council for looking to improve recreation options for the children of Lawrenceburg, is a spray garden the best way to spend $90,000 of taxpayer money? Why not build something that residents of all ages will likely use, like a swimming pool?

  • Pit bull hysteria a witch hunt

    To the editor:

    This letter is to the men and women who are taxpaying voters in Anderson County who own and love their dogs, not just pit bulls but all breeds.

    In the past few weeks The Anderson News has been bombarded by letters and phone calls pertaining to the latest incidents of pit bull terriers and their owners.

    There are so many answers we face in dealing with this touchy situation of fairness and dog ownership, not only in Kentucky but in the United States.

  • This past weekend, I learned something very important about myself: Without other people around with whom to interact, I’m an incredibly boring person.

    Some people thrive on “me time,” but I barely survived. OK, so that makes me sound like too much of a drama queen, but it certainly wasn’t fun.

    If I were a single gal, living on my own, I’d probably spend half my time being incredibly lazy and the other half being a workaholic.

  • June is here. Summer officially begins soon and what a nice Father’s Day present.

    My father Jack has long passed, but he’s with me every day. He loved summer and I can still see him on the tractor, mowing the yard. He was really big on working smarter, not harder.

    On Father’s Day, we just set up a chair in the shade with a cooler full of cold beverages next to it. The grill was two steps away. That reduced the amount of energy he had to spend working.

  • Column as I see em ...

    The editorial cartoon you see to the right was drawn by Shilo Polich in La Grange.

    Polich sent it to me in a big envelope that had a caricature of me holding a sign with the newspaper’s new street address. To say that caught my attention is an understatement.

    He included a letter telling me why he sent the cartoons which explains why someone would have enough time to hand-draw a picture of me on the front of an envelop to begin with.

  • Library director clarifies budget process

    To the editor:

    The Anderson News’ May 27 edition contained both an article and the editorial in which the Anderson Public Library’s 2009-10 budget was a topic.

    I would like to thank you for allowing me to address questions and comments from those printed items.

  • Keeping a positive attitude in our current day and age is a priority for me. I try to be a positive person and surround myself with things that make me happy. Still, there are things that rub me the wrong way, and I’ve decided to address a couple of those this week. We’ll call them “Things I don’t understand.”

  • Hate to say we told you so, but we told you so.

    We warned a couple of weeks ago about the danger of allowing non-elected people to draft legislation.

    When it met Thursday afternoon, the committee appointed to craft a dog ordinance did what we expected: it dropped any reference of pit bulls from the ordinance and stripped it of any chance it had of making a real change.

    What is left is something that will likely mirror the city of Lawrenceburg’s ordinance and give pit bulls the ability to strike first before anything is done to contain them.

  • The Anderson Humane Society is celebrating Adopt a Cat Month with the American Humane Association and all animal organizations across the United States.

    The purpose of this special month is to locate more homes for shelter cats. This is the perfect time to promote cat adoptions since the spring and summer months typically bring a surge of cats to the nation’s shelters.

  • Most people have good intentions when they advertise a cat or dog as “free to good home.”

    They care what happens to the animal all they want to do is find a nice family that is willing to give the pet a loving, responsible home. The tragedy occurs when the animal is mistakenly put into a situation where it is neglected, abandoned, abused or even sold for lab experimentation.

    Sadly, this sort of thing happens thousands of times each day across America.

    What can happen to a pet that is given free to a casual, uncommitted owner?