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Today's Opinions

  • Slow down and put the kettle on

    It was a seemingly innocuous comment. “I bought one of those Hot Pots,” a friend said. “I got tired of waiting for the tea kettle to boil water.”

    It was a sign of many things, not the least of which is how my friend and I have changed, or how our ways have parted, in the last 10 years.

    Waiting for a tea kettle to boil is among my favorite things in the morning.

  • Humane Society of Oldham County provides low cost spay/neuter

    I would like to take this opportunity to compliment Ms. Phyllis McLaughlin on her insightful understanding of the animal control problems facing Henry and Trimble County.  Her perspective titled “Irresponsibility at heart of animal control,” published February 16, 2011, precisely states the core problem.

  • Cell phone users should take it outside

    Let me say first (to paraphrase the ultimate authority) “let she who is without sin cast the first iPhone.”

    So, in the interest of full disclosure I’ll admit I have forgotten to turn off my cell phone in public venues. I’ve been embarrassed a few times when the strains of “Incense and Peppermints” emit from my handbag.

    But, it was an oversight.

  • Cut spending and avoid a shutdown

    Congress is currently working to come to an agreement on funding the government through the remainder of the fiscal year ending in September before the current stop-gap measure expires on March 18.  Just as urgent is the need to begin to cut out of control spending, reduce the deficit and address our national debt which will increase confidence in the economy, and make room for the private sector to grow and create jobs.

  • GUEST COMMENTARY

    Long after a legislative session is in the history books, it is often remembered by just one or two of its most prominent bills.  Early last week, the General Assembly gave its overwhelming approval to the one that will almost certainly top this year’s list.

  • GUEST COLUMN

    Before the global economic crisis, most will remember that we experienced an energy crisis in the summer of 2008.  A gallon of gas cost more than four dollars and the price of oil reached nearly $150 a barrel.  During those months, families, seniors, businesses and schools experienced substantial hardship as a result.

  • Prayers are with families who lost homes

    When I got the news that a house in Eminence had been flattened, possibly by a tornado, Monday morning, my heart leapt into my throat.
    There’s never a good time to have a tornado, but 5 a.m., when most folks are still asleep, certainly is among the worst times it could happen.

    And when I arrived on the scene and saw the devastation for myself, I was stunned that there were as few injuries as there were. That Gregg Williams and his family escaped their home mostly unscathed is simply incredible.

    Likewise for Janet Spies and her family.

  • CSBG funding is critical

    President Obama is faced with a budget that is spiraling out of control and we all agree that spending has to be cut. But where and whom do we hurt in the process? The President’s recent State of the Union address specifically targeted the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) as a program for which he would cut funding by 50%. Few people know what CSBG is and how it impacts their community.