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Today's Opinions

  • Thanks for supporting PBI Bank’s Christmas for Kids 2008

    On behalf of the officers and employees of PBI Bank, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to our 16th annual Christmas party at Eastern Elementtary. With your generous contributions, we were able to provide toys, goodie bags, a pizza party and Santa Claus for 77 children who otherwise might not have had the Merry Christmas that every child deserves.

    Again, many, many thanks to our wonderful friends and customers who contribute faithfully each year so that these children are blessed. We wish you a very happy new year!

  • Legislative session underway

    en almost a week old at the time, but from a legislative viewpoint, it didn’t really begin until early last week, when all 100 members of the Kentucky House of Representatives and half of the state Senate were officially sworn into office.

    Within a few hours, legislators from both parties in both chambers began meeting to elect their leaders, and by the evening, a new one for the House was chosen: Rep. Greg Stumbo, who officially became House Speaker on Wednesday when he was approved without a dissenting vote.

  • McConnell thankful for time in Senate

    Thanks to the trust of the people of Kentucky, I’ve received the privilege of another term in the U.S. Senate. That’s an extraordinary gift from the voters, and I’m grateful to have the next six years to serve our Commonwealth and our country.

    As a new Congress and a new presidential administration begin, I look for lessons from great Kentuckians who have served our state in public office in the past. One who stands out is Wendell Ford.

  • Is it safe for me to keep chickens again?

    When I was growing up in the 1950s on an upstate New York farm, a henhouse full of chickens supplied our family with eggs.  Still vivid in my memory are the special mailing cartons my mother used to send farm-fresh eggs 150 miles south to friends near New York City, perhaps because I was always amazed – and still am – that the eggs did not break en route.

  • Challenges face the 111th Congress

    This month, Americans will welcome a new Congress and a new President to Washington, D.C.  The 111th Congress and President Barack Obama will soon begin working on pragmatic solutions for our nation’s future.  Now more than ever, we must collaborate in a bipartisan manner to enact legislation that will have a lasting positive impact on our country and its citizens.

  • There is no greater gift than the gift of hope

    At this time of the year our thoughts turn toward gifts and giving. However, there is no greater gift than the gift of hope. In our community there was someone who lost their job months ago. With no income and no immediate family, they in turn lost their electric, their water and relying on wood for heat, they were down to just seven sticks of firewood.

  • Every new year is a cause for celebration

    New Year’s Eve has never meant a huge celebration for my husband and me.

    We were married on Dec. 28, and our second daughter was born Dec. 27. Between those occasions and Christmas, we have never been much in the mood to party on New Year’s Eve. Still, for about 20 years when I was younger, I eagerly looked forward to Dec. 31, more than any other holiday.

  • This is the year I’ll stick to that resolution

    General Manager

    I’m terrible at keeping resolutions. But then, I imagine that most people are.

    Like many people, I’ve made a variety of New Year’s resolutions over the years. They’ve ranged from the standard resolutions to exercise more and lose weight to trying to get the dishes done at the end of each day.

    I came close to making it this year — I somewhat silently resolved to exercise more. A couple of weeks later, I took the first step toward that and bought a mini-stair stepping machine.