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Today's Opinions

  • Winter gardening is a fight to resist cycle of life

    “I’m gonna write a book,” my friend Glen Sandusky announced to me when I saw him Sunday morning in the church office.

    Glen was grinning from ear to ear, a sure signal he was up to something.

    “What are you going to write about?” I played along.

    “I’m gonna write about how my preacher kept his garden going in January!” Then snickering to the audience gathered around him, he proudly proclaimed, “No one told him you can’t keep a garden alive in the dead of winter, so he just did it!”

  • Jan. 14, 2013: Our readers write

    Sensible gun control needed

    I still believe the “love of money is the root of all evil.” Directly and indirectly, greed plays a big role in how and why so much deadly gun violence occurs in our country, possibly one of the most violent nations in history. Weapons of mass destruction made in America have been sold and distributed all over the world.

  • New prosecutor offers new promises and hope

    It's hard not to like Shane Young.

    After all, you have to like a man who chokes up while trying to describe how important his wife is to him.

    Shortly after taking the oath of office last week to officially become commonwealth's attorney for the 9th Circuit, Young struggled for the words to aptly describe his devotion to his wife, Teresa, who will serve alongside him as one of the assistant commonwealth's attorneys.

    Otherwise, Young is not a person who has trouble expressing himself.

  • Jan. 13, 2013: Our readers write

    Don’t feed the addiction

    Addiction usually is initiated when something occurs that causes the “addicted” to feel good. This “feeling good” becomes a self-fulfilling desire to repeat the process. This occurs even if the “feel good” turns out to be destructive or very counter-productive.

    Our federal government is addicted to doing things that make politicians “feel good” as a unit. They do this without addressing the full ramifications; therefore we have an unsustainable debt.

  • Blurry lines

    ISSUE: Legislative redistricting
    OUR VIEW: Politics clouds the process

    Kentucky’s Senate and House legislative districts need to be redrawn to reflect results of the 2010 Census. It’s only fair.

    But government business in Frankfort is not about fairness.

  • 'Ghost governments' could lead to millions of auditors

    American revolutionary James Otis gets credit for saying: “Taxation without representation is tyranny.”

    Whoever said it, those words ring just as true here today in Kentucky as they did in 18th century colonial Massachusetts.

    Thankfully, State Auditor Adam Edelen also is demonstrating his belief in this founding principle with his initiative to hold accountable the more than 1,200 special taxing districts strung out across the commonwealth.

  • Making the grade

    ISSUE: New HCS preschool classes
    OUR VIEW:
    Preschool offers advantages now and into the future

    Thanks to money made available through the federal Title I program, not to mention considerable hard work in planning invested by local early childhood educators and administrators, two new preschool classes are opening in the Hardin County Schools.

  • Jan. 11, 2013: Our readers write

    No new debt limit

    We are in a situation which is few short years away from a complete financial collapse.

    This nation has been running annual deficits of more than $1 trillion for the past four years and our national debt is $16 trillion. What is our president’s solution? Tax increases for the job creators and four more years of deficit spending with a projected national debt of $20 trillion by 2017.

    This doesn’t touch the trillions in unfunded liabilities in Social Security, Medicare and state pension funds.