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Today's Opinions

  • I’m giving candy making another try

    In the spirit of the holiday season, I have decided to give candy-making one more try this year. It just seems like such a festive undertaking, and I have collected some very pretty containers in the past few years that would be perfect to fill with homemade candy and give away to friends as Christmas gifts.

  • Thank our troops this holiday season

    As we gather with family and friends to celebrate the season, it is important to take time to remember the brave men and women in uniform who cannot be home with their loved ones during the holidays because they are serving our country abroad.

    This year, about 285,000 American troops will serve overseas during the holidays, including more than 6,400 from Kentucky.  Fortunately, there are many ways we can show our support and share the Christmas spirit with our nation’s service men and women.

  • Adopting can be hard but worthwhile

    During my relatively short time in newspapers, I’ve been welcomed into countless homes.

    I’ve been welcomed into homes great and small, opulent and sparse. I’ve been welcomed into homes by those who are sick and dying, and by those who are healthy and living life to its fullest.

    And last week, I was welcomed into the home of Tony and Connie Hernandez. Theirs is a home full of love, life, joy and laughter.

    The family is, to put it simply, amazing.

  • Prison population poses problems

    One of the most challenging problems facing state government these days is our sky-rocketing prison population.

    This decade alone, the number of inmates has risen nearly 50 percent, while costs have gone up by more than half.  In the last fiscal year, we spent $450 million to house more than 21,000 prisoners, a population roughly the same size as our 17th largest city.

    In January, the legislature’s Program Review and Investigations Committee began taking a closer look at the reasons behind this surge.

  • Jesus was a liberal

    Jesus did not ask the blind man or the leper, “give me your silver pieces and THEN I will heal you.”  Health care in this country is bought and sold at the marketplace for profit like any other private consumption good at the expense of human lives. Yet, we claim to be a Christian nation.  122 people die each day in the US due to lack of access to health care; that number is far greater than those who died on 911 and the death toll continues to rise. Where is the memorial to these fellow Americans?

  • Trying terrorists in NYC is a mistake

    The White House says it has good reasons to bring the terrorists who planned the 9/11 attacks to New York City to try them in a federal courtroom instead of at the secure detention facility at Guantanamo. But I can’t think of any.

    The reasons why that decision is a mistake, however, are easy to list. It puts the tools we use to fight terror at risk. And it is a needless risk to America’s security. And it gives these terrorists a worldwide platform to spread their hateful propaganda.

  • Reflections on the giving of thanks

    Dennis Prager, a well-known author and radio talk-show host, has written that gratitude is the key to happiness. Here is how he has put it:

    “There is a ‘secret to happiness’ and it is gratitude. All happy people are grateful, and ungrateful people cannot be happy. We tend to think that it is being unhappy that leads people to complain, but it is truer to say that it is complaining that leads to people becoming unhappy. Become grateful and you will become a much happier person.”

  • The 2010 political season is underway

    The local political season has started. To inform the interested, it is time for those who want to be active in their local, state or federal government to enter the system by applying for a position from now until Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. Either join us at our meetings or go to the Henry County Clerks Office for the forms and information to join the process.