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Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the editor: School board should respond to needs of the students

    We had 6,000 students drop out of our schools in 2008 and I have no doubt that ’09 will be just as high.

    The state wonders what to do about our high dropout rate when all they need is to look at their local school boards. Our local boards punish good students and force them to drop out. As a parent of three, I had to fight tooth and nail to get my oldest to school, but I did it. Now, I have one left, my youngest, who really likes school but has a heart condition.

  • Letter to the editor: David Williams will bring positive change to Owen Fiscal Court

    To the voters in Owen County District 4.

  • Georgia: On her mind

    Those of us in the Class of ‘63 are celebrating a significant birthday this year, the one that ends in 5. We represent the last whimper of the war babies, conceived with rationed gas and sugar stamps or on a desperate furlough when it seemed the war would never end.

    Next year the first line of Baby Boomers descend on Medicare, and the whole world will pause to pontificate. The cover of Time magazine will announce the beginning of a new era, “60 Minutes” will reflect, and the Internet will explode with stories from the sublime to the ridiculous.

  • General Assembly should have gotten a budget deal passed

    I’ve written a lot of columns and editorials in my time but this is the first time I’ve ever quoted Otto von Bismarck, the German politician from the 19th century.

    “Politics is the art of the possible,” Bismarck once said.

    The 2010 Kentucky General Assembly ended its regular session last week without doing the single-most important thing it is supposed to accomplish – get a state budget passed.

    Now, the legislators will be called back into session later this summer to pass a compromise bill.

  • Finding perfection

    What is your definition of perfect?

    This past weekend was perfect as far as the weather goes. Who could not get used to days like that? But what makes something perfect? Sometimes perfection can be arbitrary. What might be perfect to me might not be perfect to you.

    Last Tuesday night in the Alamo Dome in San Antonio a basketball team did something that was perfectly perfect, again.

  • Time for the IRS to drink my milkshake

    There are certain dates that are ingrained in your memories. These certain dates will always remind you of something. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary or the day of a historically important date, there are just certain dates on the calendar that stand out.

    April 15th is one of those days.

    Tax Day.

    Paying taxes feels like walking up to Count Dracula, offering up your neck and saying, “Try to take it easy this time, pal.”

  • P&Z is the ‘death panels’ of the local elections

    Former U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Tip O’Neill was the kind of Democrat that gives Democrats a good name.

    He was strong-willed, a bit gruff and totally committed to the people who sent him to office year after year.

    Although he was in charge of the House during the Reagan administration and often served as counterbalance to his conservative president’s agenda, there is one sentence, one singular idea, that will probably long outlive O’Neill’s legislative record.

  • Filling out Census helps bring money to Owen Co.

    I hope by now most of you have received your 2010 Census form and have taken the opprotunity to complete the form and put it in the mail. April 1 has been officially declared Census Day in the United States. On that day you can come to the courthouse to the Judge-executive office to complete your form (between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.) or the Owen County Library (between 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.) for assistance.