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Opinion

  • 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.

  • Letter writer Steve Vogelsburg says the city council made the right decision in not allowing the Sunday sale of package alcohol.

    Letter writer Stacie Jackson says The Anderson News should print the names of "deadbeat" parents.

    Letter writer Mark Warford thanks the community for donations during the Post Office's food drive.

    Letter writer Edwin McKee sends a thank you to those who participated in the 18th annual youth all-star basketball tournament in March.

  • General Manager Ben Carlson says elected officials should create the county's dog ordinance themselves instead of forming a committee to do so.

    To see the other issues he takes on this week, pick up a copy of The Anderson News available on newsstands across the county.

    Subscribe online or call 502-839-6906.

  • Keeping up with technology is growing more and more important by the day. Unfortunately, I’ve never been the best at staying on the cutting edge. Fortunately, my husband is.

    One of the things he has introduced me to in the past couple months is Google Reader. Basically it’s a centralized place I can go to read news that I pick out by subscribing to RSS feeds. I don’t understand it all or how it works really, but I do enjoy getting news tailored to my interests.

  • Staff Columnist Shannon Brock gives props to the Junior Miss contestants and committee for making this year's program go off without a hitch.

    For her full column, see this week's Anderson News available on newsstands across the county.

    Subscribe online or call 502-839-6906.

  • Guest Columnist Kate McCann says the Lawrenceburg City Council let local businesses down by failing to allow the Sunday sale of package alcohol.

    To read more of McCann's thoughts on the issue, see this week's edition of The Anderson News available on newsstands across the county.

    Subscribe online or call 502-839-6906.

  • Column as I see ’em

    The past week of watching the workings of local government prove that there truly is more than one way to skin a cat.

    While there’s no doubt Judge-Executive Steve Cornish could do very nicely, thank you, without being nitpicked by magistrates over his proposed budget, that it’s happening really is a good thing.

    Cornish says he did his level best in assembling a budget he thinks is fiscally responsible during a poor economy.

  • Want a good deal on spring blooming trees? Now’s the time!

    There are so many things blooming right now, but it is that smell of honeysuckle that shouts summer to me. I love it. The spring-blooming trees have been gorgeous, and now is the time to grab some deals and get your hands on some beauties.

    There are many low maintenance flowering trees that won’t litter up your car and sidewalks. The Chanticleer Pear has white blooms and tiny fruit that is edible, but the birds usually get them first.

  • Fiscal court racially profiling dogs

    To the editor:

    Racial profiling is now going to the dogs. Anderson County Fiscal Court is set to review a new dog ordinance that specifically targets “pit bulls” as vicious dogs. Even with organizations such as the ASPCA, AKC and the American Veterinary Medical Association opposed to breed specific legislation, our fiscal court drafted this revised ordinance with exactly that in mind.

  • Columnist Cheryl Steenerson warns against leaf spot and early blight.

    For her full column, see this week's Anderson News available on newsstands across the county.

    Subscribe online or call 502-839-6906.

  • I was in a movie theater. My husband had gotten up during the film to use the restroom, and while he was gone, an enraged gunman entered the room and started to shoot. There were screams and people began to run frantically. He hit me twice. Each bullet skidded over an opposite side of my face. I was bleeding, but I don’t remember any pain. The gunman left and my husband came back. He looked at me and said, “Well, I guess we better get you to a hospital.”

    Then, I woke up.

  • Hey, it’s May. Have you seen all the wildflowers popping up all over the place? The blue phlox are my favorite. Everything seems to be coming alive these days and it sure makes me smile. You never know what a rough winter will take out.

    These multiple summer droughts and winter ice storms can take their toll on all plants. Plants flowering now are putting everything they’ve got into put on a show for us. The least we can do is help them along with a little food.

  • Column as I see ’em …

    Well I certainly received my comeuppance in this week’s letters to the editor.

    Not that I’m complaining. As those who work with me will attest, there is nothing more enjoyable to me than letter writers taking me to task on my columns or editorials.

    Opinions are like, well, you know, and everyone has one, including me. While I certainly have a mighty big megaphone from which to shout each week, this page offers equal access to those who disagree.

  • Editor Carlson needs dog training

    To the editor:

    I am writing you in regards to your recent columns and editorials pertaining to pit bulls.

    You seem to only want to hear one side of the story.

    I believe one description you used was “slobbering, blood-eyed monster chained up next door.” I am personally disgusted to read such articles. I am hopeful that this letter will help clarify some things about pit bulls and also help educate others.

  • It’s almost May. I open the stand in 24 more days. Yikes. The Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting an average temperature of 65 degrees. Thank God. Mother Earth is warming up and here we thought it would never come. We could still have some cool days in May.

    I remember my first Mother’s Day here because it snowed. It hasn’t since, so let’s let hope spring eternal. The rule of thumb around here is that you can plant the summer garden after Derby Day. That’s this weekend.

  • Don’t jump on pit bull ‘ban’ wagon

    To the editor:

    I never thought I’d hear of our editor wanting to take away our rights, but there it was in print in last week’s paper.

    He admitted to me on the phone that he has had a personal incident with a pit bull and said he has shot one and would do it again if it threatened his family.

    Well, we all would Ben, but we wouldn’t ban an entire breed from the county.

  • What if my columns were only 140 characters every week?

    Some of you would jump for joy, because really, how much damage could I do in 140 characters? Others of you might actually miss the extra words, and some of you might actually like to see an extra 140 characters every other day or so.

    To the last group of you: You’re in luck.