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Opinion

  • Did Eliot Spitzer, the democratic governor of New York who resigned last week, really think he could continue to fool around with a high priced "escort" service forever and not eventually get caught? Given his penchant for going after both billionaire white collar criminals and mafia bosses like the Gambino crime family, there was no way he was going to continue getting away with spending thousands of dollars on call girls. His many enemies are just too powerful.

  • "Someone from the chamber's on line one," one of the front office folks here at the paper said over the intercom in my office. "She wants to talk to you."

    No stranger to getting an earful following harsh editorials, I picked up the phone figuring my latest anti-payroll tax diatribe in which I chastised the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce for its lack of an opinion on the issue had resulted in the paper being booted from the chamber.

    Instead of an angry voice, I heard a rather pleasant one telling me I was nominated to be on the group's board of directors.

  • Due to my wife's recent surgery, I've been sleeping all by my lonesome for the past 10 days.

    It's a new experience - the first time in 39 years of marriage I've been able to occupy the master bed by myself for an extended period.

    When I first realized that such a unique opportunity was at hand, I planned to make the most of it.

    Let me explain.

    My wife is the best person I know. She's kind to everybody, even those few she doesn't especially like. And those few have no idea she doesn't care for them.

  • I've been back in Anderson County for a little over three weeks now, and a few things have happened that don't necessarily warrant a column on their own, but still deserve to be mentioned in a combined effort. So here goes...

    Last week's column

    OK, so my "shoe" column last week wasn't exactly well received by some of you. You either didn't understand it, or once you did understand it, you thought you'd wasted too much of your life trying to figure it out. I apologize for the turmoil my metaphor must have caused you.

  • Supporting America's troops has become something of a cottage industry.

    From T-shirts to hats to those magnetized ribbons that adorn trunks - and the particularly cool camouflage ones on tailgates - plenty of folks have scarfed up plenty of dough by selling us stuff to let everyone know how patriotic we are.

    Not that there's anything wrong with that. A display of support for our troops is a good thing and, if someone makes a little cash helping us do so, why that's the American way, right?

  • The political prowess and calculation with which Gov. Beshear is making his case for building casinos in Kentucky is both brilliant and detestable.

    Beshear was crying the financial blues to anyone who would listen seemingly before his inauguration speech was over.

    In the blink of an eye, the perception of the commonwealth went from a prosperous, growing state - "Unbridled Spirit!" - to one mired in red ink and teetering on the brink of financial ruin.

  • What a difference a few months can make.

    Late last year we used this space to repeatedly take to task the Anderson County Fiscal Court for even considering the idea of implementing a payroll tax to solve what we were being told was a pending fiscal crisis.

    Fast-forward to the past few weeks and we now have a fiscal court eager to find every spare penny in the county's budget and unafraid of tweaking a few noses in the process.

  • I tried several times to apologize to Lisa Winfrey, who only chucked each time and said don't worry about it.

    Although I've heard the high school dance team mentioned a time or two in passing and we've had an occasional bit of information about it in the paper, I felt horrible that I was so ignorant of the team's accomplishments, including consecutive national titles.

    As I typically do on Mondays, I was tossing story ideas around the office (aka bothering everyone), trying to gauge staff, and by proxy, reader reaction to what's going on around town.

  • No money. No aquatic center. Not even a skate park.

    The list of what Anderson County doesn't have often appears to dwarf the list of things it does.

    As a result, residents gripe and politicians grip over our perceived shortcomings and look to each other for solutions.

    "Think outside of the box" we often hear and say, but when was the last time any of us actually did so?

    The folks in Casey County, however, have what appears to be a whiz-bang group of thinkers who are so far outside the box it's a wonder if they can even see the box.

  • To the editor:

    Being in a career that moves me around state to state every few years, we recently settled here in Anderson County.

    It's plain to see that the people are friendly and show a lot of manners when you run into them at church or in the stores around town.

  • As soon as I learned Donald McCaig's sequel to "Gone With the Wind" was due out in November, it was quickly added to my Christmas wish list.

    I must have been a pretty good boy, as the 498-page "Rhett Butler's People" was under our tree Christmas Day. I devoured it in two days.

    Set in the Old South in the years immediately before the Civil War and continuing through the war and into early Reconstruction, both books tell of Southern plantation life and how the war changed that way of life forever.

  • To the editor:

    It's been my experience that most people like to complain more than encourage.

    I have lived in Anderson County my entire life; specifically Corinth Road.

    I remember when there were times that we wouldn't see a county road truck for days after a snow. This past Tuesday the county road truck graded and dropped cinders on our road even before daylight.

    When I proceeded to Highway 512 and then to Highway 395, I found both of those roads un-graded.

  • The Marines, I uttered under my breath, are turning soft.

    While touring the Marine Corps' recruit training depot last week with educators from across Kentucky and West Virginia, the Air Force veteran in me couldn't help but reflect on my own boot camp experiences while listening to drill instructors describe what they can - and can't - do to train recruits.

    The drill instructors said the days of yelling cuss words at recruits that would make, well, a Marine blush, are long gone.

    Running for miles in the rain and mud? Gone.

  • I couldn't help sucking in my gut when the Marine recruiter walked into my office a month or so ago to invite me to boot camp for a week.

    Marines, those rock-ribbed hard-guys with square jawlines, have always had that affect on me.

  • This week's balmy temperatures have me again pondering global warming.

    Contrarian views apparently being a part of my DNA (and likely a decided insight into my personality), I've decided that rather than following Al Gore into a world free of a carbon footprint, I can better serve humanity by stomping my carbon-covered feet just as hard as I can.

    Yep, I'm all for global warming, man-made or otherwise, and here's why.

  • I wish I were 30, 40 or even 50 years old again. On a more practical note, I wish to be able to complete the remaining 1,000 miles of the Appalachian Trail this summer and then be able to find some reasonable employment when I return to the Bluegrass.

    -Jay Cason, staff writer

    In this time of world strife and economic uncertainty, I wish for peace, simplicity of spirit and a greater awareness of love for family and friends.

  • To the editor:

    I was extremely disappointed with the article in your newspaper regarding the Anderson County Boys Soccer program. ("Anderson sports program at top of state ejection list," Page B1 of the Dec. 19 edition.)

    I considered this article an attack on the program, the team and particularly head coach Brett Morris.

    This was unfair but very typical for this newspaper. I was involved with the program from the beginning of coach Morris' coaching career at Anderson County. He was a welcome alternative from previous coaches.

  • School board member Lee Hahn hit the nail right on the head.

    Speaking during last Monday's board of education meeting, Hahn insisted that, when new lines are drawn to determine where students will be assigned to attend elementary school, the decision is final and no waivers will be granted. Period.

    Let's hope the rest of the board agrees and puts to bed the silly notion held by a handful of parents that each of the three elementary schools are not equally qualified to teach our kids.

  • When we joked that Rusty could make a misbehaving computer function properly by standing near it, we weren't necessarily kidding.

    "Rusty magic," I called it. And I just can't believe it's lost forever.

    When Rusty Kiser walked through the doors of The Anderson News more than nine years ago, his long red hair really didn't scream "ultimate technology professional." But it turned out that's exactly what he was.

  • The standing ovation I received during Monday's forum on proposed changes to Saffell Street Elementary School is appreciated.

    Unfortunately, I don't think it was deserved.

    Last week I called out the small group of parents who oppose mingling Saffell students with those from the other two schools because of their wrong-headed fear that doing so will force their children into schools with "county" kids. In short, children these wrong-minded parents consider to be rednecks.