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Today's Opinions

  • Androgynous looks can be unsettling

    Let me preface by saying that I’m in no way judgmental or sexist here. My honest stance has always been “live and let live.” I’m simply being observant.

  • April is Donate Life Month

    April has again been recognized as Donate Life Month nationally and here in Kentucky. I felt that this is a good time to thank the many Countians who have supported organ and tissue donation at our drivers license counter by donating $1 in support of our Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks Trust For Life and by placing their name on the new Kentucky Organ Donor Registry.

  • Federal stimulus package could not come at a better time

    Back in February, when Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the federal stimulus package for the states, the only thing we knew for sure was that a significant amount of money was about to come our way.

    It could not have come at a better time.  Economists predict the states are looking at a combined deficit of $250 billion between now and 2011, and in Kentucky, we have already cut nearly $900 million since Governor Beshear took office.  There is growing evidence that a significant deficit is likely during the next fiscal year as well.

  • The Devil is in the Details: No Restraint

    Every day, Kentuckians tell me about the sacrifices they are being forced to make during these difficult economic times.  Across the Fourth District, families are monitoring their spending more carefully and weeding out unnecessary expenses to streamline their budgets.  It is unacceptable that Washington is not exercising the same kind of common sense as people throughout our Commonwealth.

  • An angel in Henry County

    At Henry County High School it’s senior project time and throughout their senior year students had to pick a mentor to work with them.  I wanted to take the time to acknowledge a wonderful woman in this county who gave of her time, her talent and wisdom when she didn’t have to. Most of you may know her as she is involved in lots of different clubs and activities here at home. Her name is Malissa Beatty.  She really is a hometown hero.  She is a local artist here in town and an outstanding member of our small community.

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    April is a very special month at OVEC Head Start and Early Head Start!

    Since the 1970s, April has been recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Blue ribbons, the national symbol for child abuse and neglect awareness, can be seen almost everywhere — tied to car antennas, street lamps, business doors and pinned on the shirts of people who care about children and families.

  • Hard times in the industry hit home

    It’s a scary time in newspaperland lately.

    Just a few weeks ago, a paper I’ve long respected — The Rocky Mountain News — closed its doors and shut down production after almost 150 years of continuous printing.

    Other newspapers have fallen by the wayside in a dazzling, and frightening display in recent months.

  • General Assembly finishes session

    The General Assembly finished its legislative session late last week, ending nearly three months of work that will have a positive impact for years to come.

    Highlights range from a plan to overcome a large budget deficit to significantly revising the tests that determine how well our schools are progressing.  We covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time, especially when considering that this was a “short” session – so named because it is half as long as those in even-numbered years.