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Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the editor: Thanks to Owen County from Alabama resident

    The devastating tornados that passed through Alabama April 27 caused so much destruction and left our little town of Arab was without power for days.
    We have received so much help from so many.
    I want to send a special thank you to the Owen Electric Company. Being a native Kentucky girl from Nelson County, I can’t tell how thrilled I was Sunday afternoon to see the caravan of trucks and men from Kentucky roll through our town. I was the one waving and throwing kisses.
    Thank you so much for your help. Words cannot express our gratitude for all you did.

  • County Clerk's Corner: Tax and voting deadlines approach

    It’s no surprise to anyone who has spent time in and around the county clerk’s office that the clerk and staff have been busy. We are preparing for both the Primary Election May 17, 2011, and for the Delinquent Real Estate Tax Bill Sale.
    On May 17, voters will go to the polls to vote on candidates for the state offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor of Public Accounts, Commissioner of Agriculture, and State Treasurer.

  • Letter to the editor: Is there no better answer than war?

    If some were disappointed in my less than patriotic reaction to the death of bin Laden, I ask you to remember that I am 80 years old. I had just turned 11 when the Japanese had the effrontery to attack the sleeping giant and forced Roosevelt to declare war on the Axis.
    I lived with our news media — at the time, the movies — vilify the Japanese race, put Japanese Americans in internment camps and confiscate their property. Now the Japanese are our best buddies and own most of America.

  • Justice finds bin Laden

    Like most Americans, I hadn’t really given Osama bin Laden much thought in recent years.
    He had become the bogeyman that still lingered in the shadows from years ago.
    He had become an embarrassment that frustrated Americans who wanted to see justice.
    He had became a punch line in the movie “The Hangover.”
    “Thanks a lot, Osama.”
    That sentiment barely changed for me Saturday afternoon when bin Laden popped back up when I was looking through a stack of old newspapers stored in my garage.

  • Guest Editorial: Session saw passage of several bills

    By Damon Thayer
    Now that the 2011 General Assembly has adjourned, I wanted to review some of the legislation enacted this year.  As chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee, I made sure that we took action on key pieces of legislation that will impact the lives of many Kentuckians.

  • Letter to the Editor: April is a time to take a stand against abuse

    Childhood is supposed to be an age of innocence, but for too many in the Commonwealth it’s a time of suffering. In 2009, a report revealed that Kentucky led the nation in the number of children who die as a result of abuse and neglect. Statistics show that every minute in Kentucky, two children are victims of abuse and neglect that can leave emotional and physical scars that last a lifetime. No doubt there are countless more cases that go unreported.

  • Shutdown serves no purpose

    For weeks, the threat of a federal government shutdown has been hanging over the heads of Americans.
    With the Democrats demanding deep cuts in the federal budget, the Republicans demanding deep, deep cuts in the federal budget and the Tea Party demanding deep, deep, deep, deep cuts in federal spending, it looked like we were going to have some fairly significant cuts in federal spending.
    So it looks like we are all pretty much in agreement that cuts in spending should happen.

  • Letter to the Editor: Alcohol only creates problems

    People, generally, do not desire facts. We are motivated through emotion. Our strongest emotion is fear. Many Americans are afraid that one dollar will “crash,” that the price of gas will ruin us, etc. We lack wisdom.
    So what am I talking about? A healthy fear. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” God knows “the end from the beginning,” and everything between. God cares for us.