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Today's Opinions

  • Turning lies into truth

    “I’m not sure what to do,” my friend lamented to me.  “If I respond, I may just stir things up even more.  On the other hand, if I remain quiet, people are likely to think I have something to hide.”

    My friend is a public servant, working in one of those jobs that, no matter what he does, he creates detractors, if not out-right enemies. I asked him once why he did it.  He looked at me like I had just arrived from an alien world and then told me.  

  • 9/11 - One day with lots of meaning

    On Sunday morning, our nation will pause to remember and reflect upon the tragedy known primarily by its date: 9/11.

    Those of us old enough to remember that Tuesday in 2001 will never forget where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news.  It had the same impact as such other pivotal moments in history, from the attack on Pearl Harbor and President Kennedy’s assassination to Neil Armstrong’s walking on the moon.

  • More on the ballot than the presidential race

    In the current political climate, apathy is a common response. 

    Given the top two choices for the person who will be tasked with leading this country and the controversies surrounding each, many have declared they are simply opting out and will choose not to vote for either.

    Apathy is not the solution. And not voting is a cowardly way to equip yourself with the best excuse ever to denigrate the effectiveness of whomever is chosen.

  • More on the ballot than the presidential race

    In the current political climate, apathy is a common response. 

    Given the top two choices for the person who will be tasked with leading this country and the controversies surrounding each, many have declared they are simply opting out and will choose not to vote for either.

    Apathy is not the solution. And not voting is a cowardly way to equip yourself with the best excuse ever to denigrate the effectiveness of whomever is chosen.

  • To promote better awareness

    Sept. 26 is Mesothelioma Awareness Day in Kentucky and the nation. The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation selected this date and encourages Congress, states and cities to acknowledge it. We cooperate with the Meso Foundation in memory of our younger son, Todd Hall (1967-2006), who was a victim of this rare and deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure.

  • Upset with officiating

    Although Henry County [Middle School] played a great game against the Oldham County Colonels on Aug. 25, the officials on the other hand did not.  

    There was a sideline injury of a player on the Oldham team. The coach asked the officials to throw a flag so they could tend to the child but they continued the game. The child laid on the ground being tended to by parents of the players.  

    This is unacceptable behavior by anyone, let alone an official.

  • Labor Day marks end of summer and so much more

    At their core, the major American holidays are bound by a common thread: They remind us of who we are and what we stand for, each and every year.

    While the Fourth of July celebrates our founding and freedom, Memorial Day and Veterans Day call on us never to forget the high price paid for those enduring gifts.  Thanksgiving gives us a moment among loved ones to appreciate the many good things in our lives, and on Labor Day, which arrives this weekend, we pay tribute to the hard work that made our nation what it is today.

  • Investing in a town's past better positions it for the future

    When 18 S. Main Street in New Castle was still up for grabs, I seriously considered buying the classic commercial core building.

    I stumbled upon the auctioneer one day, sat in the first floor commercial space, shooting the breeze with him about real estate. With his blessing, I glanced around the still-equipped business with all the fittings and fixtures set to go with the building, and then climbed the stairs to make a more careful study of the apartment on the second floor.