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Opinion

  • 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.

  • So, the weirdest thing just happened.

    I’m sitting in the drive-through at Wendy’s about to get my Frosty on when my cell phone rings.

    I don’t recognize the number, but answer after a moment of hesitation (I don’t want to appear rude to the girl in the drive-through window when I pull up to pay).

    The caller says, “Hey Bobby, this is [Someone] from [Somewhere]. How are you today?”

    Two things are immediately obvious: 1) I’m not Bobby. 2) This person clearly has the wrong number.

  • Drury’s heart same as Thomas Jefferson’s

    To the editor:

    It is with great honor that I submit my support for Donna Drury’s candidacy for Anderson County judge-executive.

    She has shown not only in her conduct but in her principles to be a vigilant supporter for the rights of the citizens of Anderson County, the city of Lawrenceburg, and someone whom I trust will faithfully defend the principles of a republic government of, by and for the people that was set in motion 234 years ago by our founding fathers.

  • Rather than dip our editorial keyboard back into the septic tank and rehash yet again the sordid details of the sexual harassment lawsuit pending against county government, let’s instead look this week at the apparent fallout it has caused.

    A pair of articles in this week’s paper examine problems within county government, both directly related to employees failing to focus on the tasks at hand.

  • Who were you three years ago? If the you from three years ago met your present-day self, would you know each other?

    These sound like crazy questions, but they are precisely the questions being addressed in a novel I’m reading, titled “Remember Me?” by Sophie Kinsella.

    (Kinsella is the author of the “Shopaholic” series. “Confessions of a Shopaholic” was made into a movie starring Isla Fisher in 2009. As usual, the books are better.)

  • Column as I see ’em ...

    I’ll start off this week giving props to magistrate and judge-executive candidate John Wayne Conway for largely backing off on his initial reaction to one of his opponents admitting that a county worker sprayed weed killer after his certification to do so had expired.

    On the surface the incident could have been remarkably serious. Chemicals being sprayed by those who have no idea what they are doing is never a good thing. But keep in mind, the worker who sprayed them was previously certified and had used this chemical for years.

  • A welcome addition and the need for a dog area in local parks

    To the editor:

    The following is a summary of my thoughts on a couple of topics.

    We have a new resident in our city who follows the teachings of Jesus and makes herself available to help many of the elderly in gracious ways. We should all welcome Pam Walker. She has been a teacher in the public school system for over 30 years, but still allows time for many Christian endeavors. Thanks for one more good person in this modern day.

  • Well, August always has been a hot month. Just keep repeating to yourself, “It’s better than an ice storm.” It also helps to remember that there was a time without air conditioning. Many of us remember when we only had a box fan in the window to keep us cool. Now days, we run the AC and complain about the bill.

  • The University of Kentucky’s football team made headlines last week for all the right reasons.

    According to reports from several media outlets, 30 members of the team helped the Christian Appalachian Project load supplies Thursday into trucks that would travel to Pike County, an area hit hard by flooding last month.

    At least one report said 50 team members signed up to participate, but the project could only accommodate 30.

    On its website, www.christianapp.org, the project confirms it received some help from some very eager team members.

  • I took a trip up to Indiana last week. It’s just a day trip, albeit a long one. Going up, I drove through a gully washer. I’ve been through a lot of gully washers in my life but this was the mother of all gully washers that hit just before I got on Interstate 465. Thankfully, there wasn’t too much traffic at that time of day, but as usual, it was undergoing some construction.

  • Given the contents of last week’s column about the pending trial of the woman suing the county on sexual harassment and other assorted vile allegations, it’s good to know the judge-executive has retained what I guess is a sense of humor.

    Or at least is planning for his future when he leaves office at the end of this year.

    When I showed up for work Monday morning, one of my coworkers brought me my mail including an envelope the judge had mailed from his home on Powell Taylor Road. It even had one of those ready-made return address stickers with his name on it.

  • ‘Embarrassed’ to live in Anderson County

    To the editor:

    Last Wednesday I was reading The Anderson News as I do every week and when I put the paper down, I was filled with disappointment and dread.

    I am so ashamed of our county government and angry at the waste. We pay these people from a “too-little budget” and provide them with computers so they can spend work time wasting our dollars.

    I consider this fraud.