Today's Opinions

  • Company’s annual tradition shows appreciation

    On some anniversaries we celebrate. On others we reflect.


    The fourteenth anniversary of the attack on America and New York’s World Trade Center is one of the times for reflection. There is truly nothing to celebrate in the extraordinary tragedy of 9/11.

    As much as I would like to forget some of them, the images from that day will never be out of my mind, nor will the victims and their families.

  • Kentucky offers variety of fall entertainment

    While the temperature outside may not feel like fall just yet, many of the traditional signs of the season are starting to arrive.

    One of the most telling is the sheer number of festivals that have already started to take place and will run through Halloween.  They are centered on items you might expect – tobacco, apples and bourbon – and a few more that may seem odd until their history is known.

  • It just got tougher to make a living at farming

    In Aesop’s fable of the ant and the grasshopper, the ant works through the summer to create a store of food for the winter while the grasshopper laughs at him and spends his summer days playing. When winter comes, the ant has enough food to last through the cold months while the grasshopper dies of starvation. It is a cautionary tale of the importance of preparing for hard times even in times of plenty.

  • Thanks for support

    We would like to express our sincere appreciation to those who helped make our Aug. 15 parade a success; for those who loaned us their cars, their time and those who rode in the parade. 

    We also are thankful to those who took time just to stand on the street and wave. 

  • Recognizing history-making women in Kentucky

    Last week, the United States celebrated the 95th anniversary of women’s right to vote, a milestone made possible by the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

    Kentucky was the 23rd state to ratify that amendment, but it did not clear its final legislative hurdle until Tennessee became the 36th in Aug. 1920.  Interestingly, that decision was a close one, occurring only when a young legislator voted in favor at the request of his mother.

  • Smoothing over the rough patches

    Unusual as it might be, I believe one item from a honey-do list may have cemented itself as my new favorite hobby. It can cover up many of the pockmarks and blemishes in life.

    My wife Beth pushed the agenda, setting in proverbial stone what she wanted me to tackle next, by bringing home a bucket of cement patching compound and a trowel.  

  • Snakes serve purpose

    Thank you for Chris Brooke’s informative editorial on snakes. 

    Snakes are very beneficial in that they eat agricultural pests like mice, rats, chipmunks, grasshoppers, etc. 

    They do frighten people, but snakes generally will not bite unless attacked first. Even poisonous snakes, which are rare, want to get away from a threat rather than attack it. 

  • Wishing Hawkins well

    The Henry County Republican Party would like to wish New Castle Magistrate, Nick Hawkins (District 4) well in his move, and truly thanks him for his tenure on the Fiscal Court and for his years of public service.