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Opinion

  • 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?

  • It would have been hard to blame magistrates had they voted against instead of for budgets presented by library and health officials at last Wednesday’s fiscal court meeting.

    Actually, those budgets weren’t presented by officials from those agencies because they didn’t even bother to show up.

    Health Director Brandon Hurley was there, but not until he was summoned by the judge-executive after magistrates found a typo in the budget.

  • Quick, name the only fruit with the seeds on the outside. They’re ripening right now and I’m eating them right now on my cereal. It’s a member of the rose family and it was a symbol for Venus, Goddess of Love, because of its heart shape and red color. It’s the strawberry.

    Man, they are so good. Strawberries ripen on the vine and not after so be sure you let it get just right before you pick. How do you know it’s ripe? It pops when you pluck it and it’s not a tough pull from the vine. Leave the green cap on it until you’re ready to eat.

  • Little League thankful for support

    To the editor:

    The Anderson County Little League Board would like to take the opportunity to express gratitude to the parents, the managers and coaches, the 83 sponsors and the over 100 volunteers who have made the 2009 Little League baseball season a great experience for the youth of Anderson County.

  • Last year around this time, I wrote a column praising the efforts of the “behind-the-scenes stars” of the county’s DARE graduation.

    I still stand behind every word of that column, but this year deserves a follow-up.

    For some reason or another, I only attended the picnic at the park portion of last year’s festivities.

    This year, I got to see the other side of the event — the actual graduation ceremony full of accolades and guest speakers.