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Today's Opinions

  • Kentucky regarded as safe

    For years now, Kentucky has regularly been regarded as a safe state.  The U.S. Census Bureau, for example, says we have the nation’s 10th lowest violent crime rate.

    Unfortunately, there are still far too many instances of those who find themselves on the wrong side of the law.  According to the Kentucky State Police’s latest annual statewide report, a serious crime occurred every four minutes and 15 seconds in 2008, for 122,000 overall.

  • It’s the little ‘guilts’ that get you

    Opening the refrigerator this morning to get cream for my coffee, I saw IT again on the second shelf near the back.

    It is a half of a honeydew melon that for some reason has no sweetness. I made myself finish the first piece for breakfast two days ago and then I ate another slice for a pick-me-up that afternoon, but I just can’t bring myself to eat any more of it and, as my husband has no interest, it sits there in the refrigerator.

  • The hidden health care cost of cap and trade

    In June, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi successfully forced passage of controversial cap and trade legislation (H.R. 2454) that will cost American families thousands of dollars each year in new energy costs.  This legislation creates a national energy tax that is expected to increase utility bills, raise the price of a gallon of gas, push food prices to new heights and generally increase the cost of nearly every consumer product, including health care.

  • American health care reform: the way forward

    Our health care system is in need of reform.  Health care costs are too expensive and many families do not have access to the affordable, high-quality health care that they deserve.  In the coming weeks and months, Congress will debate health care reform proposals.  As a father of six and a former small business owner, ensuring access to quality health care is one of my top priorities.

  • Report gives lawmakers snapshot of housing crisis impact

    Last Thursday, Kentucky got the latest snapshot of just how much we have been affected by the nation’s ongoing housing crisis.

    While the news could certainly be better, the report approved that day by the General Assembly’s Program Review and Investigations Committee found that Kentucky is nonetheless seeing fewer problems than many states, especially those along or near the coasts.

  • Sometimes, it’s good to say YES!

    In Jim Carrey’s latest movie, “Yes Man,” Carrey portrays a habitual naysayer who takes an oath to change his life by saying “yes” to everything.

    Manically, he addresses the library bulletin board postings. “Do I want to learn Korean - yes, do I want to learn to play guitar - yes.”

    I have developed a similar relationship with the Henry County Library. Its adult offerings tantalize me.

    Do I want to attend the Film Discussion Series screening of “The Godfather” and eat free cannelloni - yes!

  • Growing need for special education programs a significant change in Kentucky schools

    One of the biggest changes Kentucky schools have seen since the start of the decade is the growing need for special education programs.

    While the overall school population grew 2.8 percent from 2000 to 2007, the number of those qualifying for special education programs grew by more than 15 percent, to nearly 108,000 students.  The fastest-growing segment was in the three- to five-year-old range, which went up by more than a fourth.

  • Thanks for your support of the New Castle Spring Fling

    I would like to thank everyone who came out to the 27th Annual New Castle Spring Fling on Sat., June 13.  The weather cooperated with us and we had a huge crowd and a lot of wonderful vendors.   

    With this being my 15th year as head of the New Castle Festivals,  I have seen a lot change over the years but our festivals are still going strong thanks to a lot of help from the people listed below.