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Opinion

  • Article ‘defamed’ dog owner

    To the editor:

    In response to the article, “Harrodsburg Road boy, 11, mauled by pit bull mix,” in the paper on April 8.

    I would like to express disagreement with the validity of the information of the report. I want to express that this article was defamation of character on my father’s behalf. Defamation of an individual is when a false statement is made causing the individual to suffer harm and these damages are usually harmful to the individual’s reputation.

  • Country music and its fans aren’t typically labeled as being progressive or ahead of the curve, but the Academy of Country Music took a giant step forward Sunday night.

    Women ruled the awards show, and — continuing in my “Go women!” mentality from last week — I couldn’t be happier.

    I’ve always been a fan of a woman who can flat out sing, and if she has the talent to write her own masterpieces, that’s just the icing on the cake. At least six of these women were honored this past weekend at the ACM awards.

  • At the moment, tobacco producers around the state are getting into high gear to begin growing transplants.

    Healthy transplants are a cornerstone of a successful tobacco crop, and disease in the float system often interferes with the production of high-quality seedlings.

    Planning and preparation now can lead to better disease control and better yields of transplants in the spring.

  • Don’t blame smokers for limited shopping

    To the editor:

    This goes to the lady who says she doesn’t shop in Lawrenceburg because she doesn’t know which businesses are smoke-free and would like The Anderson News to publish the smoke-free businesses.

    Then please print the businesses you can smoke in and see which list is longer.

  • Ahh … spring in Kentucky. It’s always full of surprises and spring break is full of outdoor chores. I’m actually on vacation this week, doing that very thing — chores. As of this writing, the weather folks are predicting periods of rain and temperatures in the 60s. I’m guessing I won’t be able to dig much dirt. I can, however, do lots of other things.

  • It’s doubtful that the city and county would even consider banning people from owning pit bulls. The potential legal challenges from pit bull enthusiasts (to characterize those folks kindly) alone would likely sway the thinking of those who could make that happen, and it’s hard to blame them for that.

    However, here’s a way that would add some serious muscle to local ordinances about vicious dogs already on the books and perhaps get rid of nearly all pit bulls in the process.

  • We’ve all seen and heard it before — a fairly attractive woman walking down the street trying not to pay attention to the whistles, inappropriate phrases and cat calls being rained upon her for whatever reason.

    Unfortunately, my friends and I have been victims of these cat-callers more than once. Yes, dear readers, even here in Lawrenceburg.

    Just the other day, I walked out in front of our office on Main Street to meet a friend for lunch. I had no sooner walked out our front door in my dress and heels, when someone whistled in my direction.

  • April 1 — you’ve got to be kidding. Get it? Don’t you love to play practical jokes or tease on April Fools’ Day? Silly things can make you laugh. Usually, the laugh comes only after you realize it’s a joke.

    I’m reading a great book now on the importance of play. We’re actually hardwired to have play in our lives and we need it for our mind and body. Besides, it’s fun to laugh.

  • Paper made dismissed sub a ‘monster’

    To the editor:

    Wow! The article in last week’s paper about [dismissed Turner substitute teacher] Barbara Stires made her sound like a monster.

    Last October she and several ladies from church went on a retreat. She was a sweet, loving and caring woman.

  • Syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker opined recently that at least some of the blame for the decline of newspapers rests at the feet of right-wing pundits who have spent the past couple of decades pummeling them as left-wing rags.

    She makes a fairly compelling argument. From Limbaugh to Hannity to Savage, the radio heads bash and bash and bash some more the nation’s dead tree journalists for their biased reporting which indeed often veers left of center.

  • Columnist should stick to stats, photos

    To the editor:

    The following is a letter to Linda Graves, the News-Democrat columnist in Carrollton who criticized some fans of the Lady Bearcats for their behavior during a recent basketball game.

    Dear Mrs. Graves:

  • My years of scribbling notes and asking pesky questions have landed me in front of some fairly interesting and noteworthy folks over the years.

    The pinnacle was probably the time I spent about 10 minutes one-on-one with W’s dad, the first president Bush, following a speech he gave during the Clinton years.

  • One of my favorite episodes of “Friends” is “The One with the Prom Video” (Season 2, Episode 14). It’s during this episode that Phoebe reveals her lobster theory.

    Though Rachel tells Ross they’ll never be together, Phoebe tells him not to fret because it’s going to happen. When Ross asks how she knows that, Phoebe simply responds, “Because she’s your lobster.”

    Phoebe goes on to say it’s a known fact that lobsters fall in love and mate for life.

  • I have a sign on my refrigerator that reads “Save the Earth! It’s the only planet with chocolate!” I’m thinking of adding another that reads “Like ice cream? Save the bees!”

    Here’s the buzz. Bees are disappearing in large numbers all over the world. Since bees are responsible for one third of the food we eat, this is a problem we need to solve.

    Bees touch our lives every day, even if we don’t realize it.

  • A story on this week’s front page reveals efforts by the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce to nudge once and for all the city and county into changing their ridiculous sign ordinances.

    Those ordinances are virtually the same, but enforced differently by each, often to the point of ridiculousness.

    Take, for example, Eagle Lake. Its owner has tried for years to get a green light to build a marquee-type sign near the Bypass, giving passersby a list of all businesses in the development.

  • Pep rallies were something I considered myself a little bit of an expert on — at least until Monday.

    In high school, I was a varsity cheerleader for three years. I consider my school to be pretty high in the school spirit department, so we had our fair share of pep rallies. During any one of the rallies, you could find me at center court because in Bell County, the cheerleaders were pretty much in charge of the spirit fests.

    In hindsight, I think it’s because no one else wanted to be.

  • There are little explosions going on right now. Color is coming back.

    “Spring has almost sprung and the grass has riz, and I know where the flowers is.”

    We have wildflowers popping up every day. As I drive in to work, I watch along the road and in the fields. The long wait is finally over.

    If you want to bring a little of that color into the house, then go out and snip a few limbs off the forsythia.

  • ‘Hooligan’ columnist is one with no class

    To the editor:

    Sharon Graves sounds like a sore loser on the Carroll County girls’ fan club in her column last week about Anderson’s “hooligans.”

    Any parent would be proud to have as their son any one of the boys who were called “roughnecks, rowdy bullies and hooligans.”

    I have watched basketball for many years and have heard the phrase “air ball” all of my life. Get real, lady.

  • Carlton’s letter missed the mark

    To the editor:

    Will Carlton missed the point I was trying to make in his letter last week titled ‘Missed opportunity to teach a lesson.’

    His letter makes me out to be this father who is ranting and raving over his child not making “whatever team they tried out for.”

    It was not my intention on making this personal. I was merely stating a problem, as well as speaking for others that I know share in my thinking.

  • At 50, Barbie certainly doesn’t look her age.

    The 11.5-inch plastic doll doesn’t look a day older than she did when she was first “born” in 1959.

    But over the course of her half century, she sure has managed to stir up a lot of trouble. So much so that legislators in a state or two have tried to get the sale of the doll banned.