Today's Opinions

  • Romance blooms during Civil War skirmish

    The metal crane, with one video camera attached to its arm, slowly panned over the field to capture the sound of cannons, the snicker-snack of cavalry sword against sword and yells from Confederate soldiers as they died.
    The battles of Dogwalk and Lawrenceburg caught on film to be used as the backdrop of a larger love story.
    I’ve attended the Civil War re-enactment in Lawrenceburg for the last three years, listened to Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis trade speeches and steeled myself not to jump when cannons bellowed their first boom.

  • ‘Hypocrites’ on school board know they’re wrong on prayer

    I find it interesting that Roger McDowell, Anderson County School Board member, doesn’t know the teachings that his Bible teaches him.
    Matthew 6:6 is clearly against praying in public and that is straight from the big man’s mouth.
    “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou has shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly”
    The Bible is very clear; it even says that folks that pray openly are hypocrites, but who am I to judge?

  • ACLU ‘goons’ threatening schools

    To the editor:
    Seems like the well-dressed thugs of the ACLU have notified Kentucky schools with their latest demands to censor any faith-based materials or activities for the coming year. Sadly, many school districts across the state have cowered to the demands, thus robbing students, teachers and others of their First Amendment protection of “free exercise” or religion.

  • Prayer Walk exalted Jesus Christ

    To the editor:
    On Sept. 21, many people from our community came together for the Anderson County Prayer Walk.  Although we did not get to walk due to the weather, those in attendance accomplished our goal: to exalt Jesus Christ and to be unified in our prayers for Anderson County.
    We would like to thank everyone who made the gathering possible. To all the people who gave of their time, talent and treasure, we say, “May God richly bless you!”

  • My turn is next, queen of pranks

    There’s an old adage that says it’s a bad idea to argue with someone who buys ink by the gallon (that would be me).
    It’s also a bad idea to get into a prank war with someone like me, particularly when the prank involves purchasing an ad in The Anderson News Extra that pokes fun at me for turning 50 this week.
    Cheri Johnson, a health department nurse who fancies herself Lawrenceburg’s Queen of Pranks, did just that, placing an ad in Monday’s Extra in a somewhat lame attempt to exact a measure of revenge for a crime I did not commit.

  • Must be willing to allow all ‘brands’ of prayer

    To the editor:
    I am writing in regards to the matter of the separation of church and state, and how it has recently affected our community, namely our school system.
    I do not profess to be a history, constitutional or theology scholar (or any other type of scholar for that matter) but feel compelled, indeed obligated, to speak out.

  • Thanks for fundraiser help

    To the editor:
    The Bobby Best fundraiser this past Saturday was a success. I personally would like to thank everyone who attended, rode in the Poker Run, donated items for the silent auction, donated their time to organize this event, and especially Cummins Irish Pub for hosting the event. Thanks also goes to The Anderson News and WLEX 18 for covering the event.

  • Don’t let what happened in Great Britain happen here

    Editor’s note: The following speech was given at the Sept. 23 school board meeting in response to legal guidance given to the district regarding the distribution of religious materials and religious speech. Philip Cooke is a native of London, England, and received U.S. citizenship two years ago. He is currently employed by the Anderson County school district in the transportation department.

    To the editor:
    As some of you may know, and now all of you that hear me speak will understand, I’m not from around here.