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Opinion

  • 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.

  • 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.