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Opinion

  • Did you know that I’m gay?

    Neither did I, but according to an outrageous message board that has gained local notoriety, someone out there has speculated just that.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that — as Jerry Seinfeld so humorously contended on his TV show — but all you single middle-aged men out there will just have to continue on without me. I’m hopelessly heterosexual, married and have no intention of switching teams anytime soon.

  • Voters need to choose better judge-executive

    To the editor:

    Where is our county’s government?

    I am curious to know where our governing body has been during the alleged inappropriate conduct that has occurred in the county judge-executive’s office and the county road department office.

  • During the NFL season, I might as well have split personalities.

    My husband introduced me to fantasy football two seasons ago, and I’ve been in love ever since. (Those of you who keep up with this column on a regular basis know this.)

    However, because of my extremely competitive nature, my mood tends to change a lot from September to February.

    I’m an exceptionally happy winner, but the oh-so-sorest of losers.

    We’ve joined two leagues this year and the first week of the season, my teams went 0-2.

  • What the heck is it with you dot-edu types who keep bashing me over the head for a short blurb about the local library’s finances in my editorial a few weeks ago?

    The Sept. 1 letters to the editor featured a scathing rebuke of the blurb from a local grade school teacher who doubles as the library board’s secretary.

    This week’s featured letter from Russell Barnett — he of a dot-edu e-mail address, too — does more of the same, including a demand that I suspend myself as editor.

  • Carlson should suspend himself for editorials on library, teacher

    To the editor:

    Call them as I see them. Many of your editorials are prefaced with this motto, but your editorials on Aug. 25 and Sept. 1 bring into question what you see.

  • Forty-eight days.

    Not counting today, that is the exact number of days left until the general election Nov. 2.

    Voters have 48 days to make up their minds about who to vote for, and those running for office have 48 days to get their messages to the masses.

    Here at The Anderson News, we’ve come up with a way to kill both of these birds with one stone — our website.

  • I was looking at some pictures my cousin sent the other day, while waiting for the weather radar to download on my computer.

    Here I was wishing for rain on the farm when it dawned on me that the only grass my young cousin has to enjoy in Chicago was the little strip between the sidewalk and the street. We just don’t know how lucky we are to live here in Kentucky.

    We did get a little rain. Now maybe we can dig with something less than a pick ax.

  • Debate its merits all you like, you left- and right-fielders, but all you need to know about the local effects of the federal government’s stimulus handouts can be reduced to a ham sandwich.

    Well, a ham sandwich and chocolate shake, actually.

    Here’s an allegorical tale of a man who became too used to a good thing, and how he dropped dead the moment that good thing was taken away.

  • Wow, one good thing about all this dry weather is that the early morning skies are beautiful. The moon and stars make it an incredible way to start the day, even if the birds aren’t up yet. Soon the fall colors will start their show.

    I like to use the old Almanac ways to forecast the coming winter. There are numerous signs from Mother Nature if you know where to look. The skins and hides of all living things give us clues.

  • The weekend of Aug. 27-29, the Lawrenceburg Pack 38 Scouts held their annual campout at the Anderson County Community Park.

    The Lion’s Pavilion became the center with families putting up their tents around and down the street toward the baseball field. Everyone was looking forward to an active and fun weekend and no one was disappointed.

  •  Children are wonderful. First of all, they’re so cute you can hardly stand it, and secondly, they have such a fresh view of the world.

    They haven’t had a chance to become as jaded as the rest of us.

    Take for instance my cousin, who can’t be 10 yet.

    Her family just went through an extremely traumatic experience — their house burned down and they lost everything, literally everything.

    Thank goodness no one was hurt because losing everything you own seems traumatic enough.

  • It thrills me to no end when someone takes me to task over one of my editorials or columns, and this week I welcome letter writer Katie Stevens Hutton to the deep end of the opinion writing pool.

  • ‘Sensational’ editorial misrepresents library

    To the editor:

    In last week’s editorial, Mr. Carlson attempted to imply that the Anderson Public Library is squandering taxpayer money while gouging local taxpayers for every cent possible. The library was not contacted before this editorial was printed in order to clarify any of the information presented. I would like to take the opportunity to do so now.

  • Oh, these cool nights are heaven. The dogs and I have been enjoying the moonlight and the quiet summer sounds. They chase critter smells and I watch the stars. There is something different about the air as summer comes to an end.

    The humidity has dropped, so that you don’t feel like you’re wearing the air. The mosquitoes aren’t swarming your ears, so you don’t have to constantly swat them away. In a word, it’s relaxing. The worries of the day go away and you find yourself just enjoying the moment.

  • Our economy is not one to be envied these days, but perhaps the position the Anderson County school district is in is more enviable than you’d think.

    Taking off my journalist’s cap and slipping on the one where I’m simply an Anderson County resident, I can totally identify with the six or so residents attending last Thursday’s public hearing regarding the tax rate about to be levied by the school district.

    One lady, whose name I did not get, said, “There are no jobs. There is no money.”

    Ain’t that the truth?

  • Letter writer Kristin Durham says Judge-Executive Steve Cornish should worry about right or wrong, not motives.

    Anderson County Family Resource and Youth Service Center leaders say thanks for a great Family Fun Fest.

    Letter writer Norm Harding says he enjoyed a recent column on 'johnsongrass.'

    Letter writers Larry and Debbie Houston say that Lawrenceburg hospitality followed them back to Georgia.

  • Sometimes in life, it's better to have no expectations than to set your expectations high or low. But is it possible to have no — absolutely zero — expectations?

    I think so.

    As an 18 year old, setting my sights on college, I didn't know what to expect, so for the most part, I just didn't expect anything.

    Coming home on breaks, relatives would always ask, "Is college what you expected it to be?"

    My response was usually that I wasn't sure what I expected it to be like, so I didn't really have an answer.

  • Well, the number of daylight hours is starting to wane. It’s not light at 6:30 a.m. anymore. Even the birds are sleeping in and I’ve got to admit, I want to.

    The moon was full last night and the American Indians used to call it the Full Sturgeon Moon. A sturgeon is a really big fish that used to run in the big lakes during this time of year. Some tribes called it the Full Red Moon because of its red color when it rises. I just think it’s pretty.

  • If you’re among the 1,100 Anderson County residents currently unemployed (or among the God knows how many whose unemployment benefits have expired and are no longer counted by the state), reading the rest of this editorial will make you angry.

    Heck, it made us angry even writing it, and we have jobs.

    The Anderson News received a news release Monday afternoon from Congressman Ben Chandler’s office, announcing that he and representatives from the Central Kentucky Regional Public Policy Group would reveal a jobs creation program Tuesday morning.

  • Does it make you feel any better if I tell you that our first frost is only 10 weeks away? Well, the week of Halloween is usually when we get the first hard frost, in an average year. I don’t know if this is an average year, but I do know that it’s time to really get cranking if you want a fall garden.

    It’s a little late to start cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi and brussel’s sprouts from seed. But you can get the plants and plant the end of this month.