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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST COMMENTARY

    By Joseph S. Yates

    When asked what I think about the prospect of a new courthouse, I offer a lawyer’s favorite response: “It depends.” I find myself approaching the issue not so much by considering whether our judicial and county offices need more space (they do) or whether the facilities for those who work in those offices are in dire need of modernizing (they are), but how this new building would affect the life of the city — the town where I grew up and have practiced law for the past 25 years.

  • Thank you for help during tornado tragedy

    It is with great gratitude that I send you this note of appreciation for those of you who have helped the Spies family during our tragedy. We are very fortunate to live in a society of thoughtful citizens such as you. From the time the tornado struck our home until now many of you have showered us with so many different gifts as well as shown many acts of kindness in different ways. Thank you so very much for all of your continued support.

    May God continue to bless you richly.

    Janet Spies and family

  • Vote Lackey on May 17

    I write this letter to the people of Henry and surrounding counties to talk about the candidacy of my good friend, John F. Lackey, for Commissioner of Agriculture. I have known him for a long time, and had the honor of serving with him in the Kentucky Senate.

  • Vote Gritton on May 17

    I am writing this letter in support of my good friend Stewart Gritton, Democratic candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture.

  • Nothing is really “free”

    Who could be against a new “free” courthouse in New Castle? Fortunately, John Logan Brent can see beyond “free.”

    There are always costs associated with anything “free,” and our County Judge - Executive has correctly identified many of them. Loss of current rental income is just one of the reasons to refuse this offer.

  • Care Month

    May is National Foster Care Month, a time to shine the light on the foster care experience. Let’s start with some figures:
    • More than 6,800 Kentucky children and youth are in out-of-home care, with 75 to 80 percent of those in foster care. Most are placed in temporary foster care due to parental neglect or abuse.
    • The average age of a child in care: 10.7 years.
    • More than 73 percent of the children/youth in care are white; 19.3 percent are black and 4.3 percent are Hispanic.

  • After many years, we got him

    On Sept. 11, 2001, I was on my way to work at Lewis Bakery in Evansville, Ind. I was in the drive-through at a fast food restaurant when the radio station broke in with news.

    That news seemed surreal at first: one jet plane, then another, flew into the Twin Towers. It didn’t seem possible.

    It was just the beginning.

    In the coming days and weeks, we learned who was responsible for the attacks that claimed almost 3,000 lives.

  • In One Word

    We asked the Local’s Facebook friends for their reaction, in one word, to the news that Osama Bin Laden had been found and killed. Here are some of their responses: