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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Credit for hard work

    Hats off to Deborah Fisher — she’s been a busy lady lately. First off, she had an idea to honor the Odd Fellows for their 144 years of service with a float in the annual New Castle Homecoming  parade. But she was also on the committee for the Friday evening block party, before the homecoming parade. She decided to get all the little children that wanted to ride on the float, that she was going to organize and let them wear costumes around a big birthday cake.  

  • Disappointed with picnic pricing

    My family and I rode over to New Castle [for the Homecoming] picnic Saturday evening, as we have for years, because both of my grandfathers were Odd Fellows. We were charged $20 for four adults, which would have been fine, but it was 9:35 p.m.

    My mom, who is in her 80s, just wanted to ride through. We tried to explain that to Mr. R. Smith, but he insisted on our money at the gate. We weren’t going to be there no time, and it was pouring down like crazy. It never did let up.

  • Improvements in special education benefit Ky. students

    Before the mid-1970s, special education in our country’s public schools was all but non-existent. Many students were either outright denied the opportunity to attend because of their disability, or they received inferior instruction if they were able to enroll.

    That, thankfully, began to change in 1975, when Congress passed the Education for All Handicapped Children Act and required each state to provide appropriate services in this critical area.

  • Choosing to view the world in a positive light

    I have, at times, been accused of being a Pollyanna. It’s not an overly offensive name to be called, especially in light of the fact I’ve been called much worse.

    As a noun, Pollyanna means “an excessively or blindly optimistic person.” As an adjective, the descriptor takes a bit of a turn, being “unreasonably or illogically optimistic.”

  • Recovery program to begin

    On April 28, a public forum was held at Henry Christian Church.  The purpose of this forum was to create awareness and inform the public of the impeding addiction crisis in our county.  Our county Judge-Executive, John Logan Brent, spearheaded this meeting and invited many speakers to weigh-in on the topic with insight and logic.