.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's Opinions

  • Simple things can make a day bright

    Last week was not much fun in the Priester household.

    Two of our vehicles went down to various problems within a 24-hour period.

    The adventure to pick Derek up from the bike mechanic’s shop was, well, lengthy and frustrating. What should have been a 2.5 hour “quick” trip, turned into more than four.

    Then, the next morning, as I drove our truck in to get a repair, it overheated.

    On Tuesday. Our busiest day of the week.

  • Poverty and drop outs are persistent challenges for Kentucky

    As Kentucky looks for ways to truly overcome two of its most persistent challenges – poverty and dropping out of school – last Friday may be judged by history as a true turning point.

    That is because, early in the day, legislative leaders announced the formation of a new Task Force on Poverty, and that evening, First Lady Jane Beshear kicked off a two-day conference that focused on the best ways to help students graduate.

  • The pleasures of instinctive cooking

    Have you ever been cooking something, and, as you blithely added a little of this and a little of that, the concoction suddenly got really big?

    My mother has told about the first pie crust she ever tried to make after she was married. She put too much water into the mix of lard and flour so that the dough got too sticky. Naturally, she added a little more flour to help balance out the ratio, but then the dough mixture was much too dry. You can guess what happened. In tearful desperation, she finally gave up and threw out the huge ball of dough.

  • Fall challenge will focus on health

    The last year has been anything but easy for Kentucky, with every season leaving a major crisis in its wake.

    First, there were last fall’s high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ike.  The winter, of course, will long be remembered for a devastating storm that turned out to be the most expensive in Kentucky’s history.  During the spring and summer, torrential rains led to flash floods, first in Eastern Kentucky and then in Louisville.

    This fall, it appears the major challenge for the state will focus more on health rather than weather.

  • Beautiful day marred by tragedy

    It was a beautiful day to ride.

    Clear blue sky, moderate temperatures, low humidity and a slight hint of fall crisp in the air.

    But Tuesday, Sept. 1, would be the last day Eminence resident Bobby Nolan would throw his leg over the seat of his 1982 Honda motorcycle.

    I didn’t know Bobby, at least not personally. But I knew of the older gentleman who rode an old white Honda motorcycle around. I saw that bike, and its rider, many times at Dairy Queen.

  • New legislation to help Kentucky’s hungry families

    As the economic recession persists and unemployment rates continue to rise, families in the Commonwealth and across America are facing serious hardships stemming from loss of income, foreclosure and unmanageable debt.  As a result, many have been forced to turn to food banks, pantries, and other charitable organizations for assistance.  

  • Help needed for Veterans Day assembly

    I hate asking anyone for anything — especially donations. But we have an idea for this year’s Veterans Day Assembly at the high school, and Junior ROTC can’t go it alone — we just don’t have the money.  Please read this letter and let us know if you can help make a veteran’s experience even more rewarding this year.

  • A life recalled through a garage sale

    Yesterday was gorgeous — sunny and pleasantly cool — the kind of day that evokes a good mood. As I headed toward Louisville to do some errands, I saw a sign for a garage sale next to a driveway beside a lawn overflowing with boxes and tables strewn with books, pots, pans, dishes — all manner of household items and personal belongings. I will admit it. I love garage sales, although I don’t seek them out. I prefer simply to stop when I happen upon one during my various trips.