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Opinion

  • I never thought I could be so excited about someone going No. 2 — yes, that No. 2.

    But when it’s a dog and the act is happening outside instead of in your kitchen floor, living room or car, it’s darn near worth shouting about.

    Josh and I welcomed Lily, our 32-pound bouncing, baby yellow lab, into our home last week. She’s 5 months old, and for the next few years, she’s the closest thing to a baby we’re going to have. But as I’m finding out, having a dog is a lot closer to having a baby that one might think.

  • I tell my friends some things my husband would never tell his.

    Things like, “I love you,” “I miss you,” and “I can’t wait to see you.”

  • In 1992, I voted for Ross Perot. I was just a few days from turning 8 years old, and I was in the second grade.

    Obviously, it didn't count for anything and, as you might expect, my political reasoning wasn't very advanced. I feel pretty confident saying I had no idea what he stood for, and I had very little knowledge of America's party system or its election process.

    I'm pretty sure I voted for Perot because I felt sorry for him. Out of the three "most popular" candidates, he had the least support, from what I'd heard. So I voted for him.

  • Stevens is sincere, hardworking

    To the editor:

     

    This letter of recommendation is gladly written on behalf of a long-time good personal friend, Kent Stevens.

     

    Quite candidly, I met Kent several years ago while buying feed for my cattle. I was most impressed with his friendly attitude and it immediately enabled us to establish what has become a lasting friendship. I would say from my continued relationship over the years with Kent that he certainly has the qualities of a great leader.

     

  • I occasionally receive a copy of the latest book authored by someone who has Kentucky connections. I’m an avid reader, so I usually read the book if the author is from Anderson County or if it seems potentially interesting.

    During my six years with The Anderson News, I’ve perused and then written my impressions of about a couple dozen books that have been sent or dropped off at our office. Some were pretty good reads, some not so much.

    Recently, I received one of the better ones in the mail.

  • You really shouldn’t be concerned if Obama or McCain is our next president.

    You shouldn’t but have to be thanks to how much power the federal government has seized from states — and states from communities — via judicial fiat.

    Had the feds left states alone and the Constitution been obeyed, who wins the upcoming races for city council and school board would be your primary concern, because it’s those people who would have a direct affect on your life. Ditto the McConnell-Lunsford race for the Senate.

  • Lost amid the buzz over Obama vs. McCain and Denny vs. Stratton is the fact that for the first time in a generation Harold Ritchey won't preside over Tuesday's election results.

    Ritchey, the beloved county clerk who passed away this summer while jogging on Broadway, was Anderson County's Rock of Gibraltar when it came to election night, and Tuesday just won't be the same without him.

    As enamored of his job as he was, Ritchey always seemed to love election night more than any other duty he so flawlessly performed.

  • Election day is finally just around the corner and not a minute too soon.

    I'm not certain I could endure another month of the mindless propaganda that has inundated the American public for the last several months.

    Ethics in politics seems to have gone the way of the passenger pigeon and great auk.

    If they have not accomplished much else, at least the continuing negative attack ads that have been launched at us like kamikaze pilots attacking a battleship, have caused me to wonder about many things political including:

  • A lot of attention has recently been paid to my cooking skills, or lack thereof.

    During my last visit to Pineville, one of Josh’s aunts playfully asked when I was going to cook her family dinner in all of the new cookware I received before the wedding. I told her she and her family were welcome to come to Lexington for a meal at our house any time, but not to expect me to be the one frying the chicken or baking the dessert.

  • As far as I can recall, I’ve only had the flu once in the past 20 years, maybe longer. It isn’t that I’m any healthier than most other people or that my immune system is better. It’s probably because I almost always get a flu shot.

    The Center for Disease Control recommends annual flu shots for children age 6 months to 19 years, pregnant women, people 50 years of age or older or who have certain chronic medical conditions, or people who live in nursing homes or who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from the flu.

  • The notion that Anderson County should remain a bedroom community has been issued a death sentence, and not a moment too soon.

    For decades our leaders and those bent on making fortunes on residential real estate have shunned industry and the tax base it provides.

    Don’t believe us? Then name one other county in the Bluegrass that hasn’t acquired a spin-off business since Toyota arrived in Georgetown all those years ago.

    You can’t because there aren’t any.

  • Cory Grant is the only person from Anderson County who has hiked the entire 2,170-mile-long Appalachian Trail, which extends from Georgia to Maine.

    When he thru-hiked the AT in August 2005, he vowed to return in the future. He recently kept the promise he made to himself and repeated the 280-mile section that runs through Maine.

    But unlike the first trek when he traveled most of the trail alone, Cory had a hiking partner on his recent hike. And he intends to travel life's trails with this partner from now on.

  • I just love the smell of dead leaves.

    It sounds a little creepy, but it's true. And up until a couple weeks ago, I hadn't really realized what I was smelling.

    My husband and I were at Veteran's Park in Lexington enjoying a lovely evening and sauntering along the walking path.

    I took a deep breath and made a comment something like, "I just love the smell of fall. I can't really describe it, but there's just a smell, and when you smell it, you know it's fall."

  • To the editor:

    The Lawrenceburg Skate Park Committee would like to give a large round of applause to Ben Carlson, editor for The Anderson News.

    Thank you, Ben, for being interested and generous toward our cause.

    Thank you for all of your help with skate park updates, and coverage of events including Anderson County youth who are writing essays on "Why We Need a Skate Park in Lawrenceburg," and for your generosity of donating five one-year subscriptions to The Anderson News for our raffles, held at the Burgoo Festival.

  • It goes without saying that the world has no shortage of repugnant, awful people.

    Given my chosen profession, I happen across at least my fair share of those people, most of which are foul-mouthed agitators bent on telling me why they or someone they know shouldn't be listed in the paper's court docket or some such nonsense.

    I have never lost a moment's sleep over those people, mostly because along with their charges, we also print the outcomes of their cases. In short, if you're charged, it's in the paper; when you're exonerated or found guilty, that's in there, too.

  • To the editor:

    I hope that everyone in Lawrenceburg and Anderson County will make the skate park a reality.

    With the help of the good Lord, we can get this skate park done soon by working and giving.

    Thank you, and thank God.

    Billy K. Thornton

    Lawrenceburg

  • To the editor:

    I would like to comment on the folks who don't want to pay to have their refrigerators, TVs, couches and mattresses taken away or mess with it themselves.

    We live in the beautiful country area. We love it here. Why do you want to dump your unwanted things on our roadsides? The deer and turkey just can't figure out what to do with it.

    It is enough that we have to deal with the folks dropping kittens, puppies, old dogs and cats and any other animals they don't want. We can't take them all.

  • To the editor:

    Yep, a skate park is going to be great for about a quarter of the youth population around age 8 to 19.

    Sure a few older folks will probably use it, too. I hope they have insurance and ibuprofen.

    But what about the rest of us age 4 weeks to 100 years?

    A pool would be a beneficial and fun source of exercise. Not a "fancy nancy" water park designed for toddlers and small children that would cost a lot.

  • Nowadays, I'm just working part-time at The Anderson News. While I do enjoy the additional time to myself, there is at least one downside-I have way too much time available to contemplate things that bug me but over which I have no control.

    While I can't control these things, I can fantasize about dealing with them when I'm king. Here are a few.

  • My cousin April is lucky to be alive, and she'd be the first person to say so.

    A few months ago, she was on a motorcycle day trip with her boyfriend. He was driving the bike, and two of their friends were following close behind on another bike.

    The same four people and the same two bikes had made the same exact trip the weekend before, but both bikes hit a rough patch of gravel this time around sending all four riders to the emergency room.