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Today's Opinions

  • Feb. 14, 2014: Our readers write

    Defending changes being made by IRS

    This is in regards to those warning of the IRS trying to restrict our freedom of speech. Congress passed a law creating tax-exempt social welfare organizations. By law, these organizations had to devote the majority of their activity, meaning money expenditures, to, believe it or not, social welfare issues, not politics. 

  • Feb. 13, 2014: Our readers write

    Retirees urged to watch legislation

    State and county government retirees will be closely watching the events of the Kentucky General Assembly 2014 legislative session. At stake are the pensions and benefits of retirees, current and future.  

  • Why not launch a VW campaign?

    ISSUE: Luring Volkswagen to Hardin County
    OUR VIEW: Let us 'bug' you with some ideas

    The good news: Volkswagen has announced plans to invest in constructing a new manufacturing plant in North America.

    The bad news: No interest has been expressed toward the Glendale mega site.

    The industrial property is waiting for an occupant — presumably a major automaker — that can provide a few thousand well-paying jobs and create an extraordinary economic uptick locally.

  • This Valentine's Day, don't settle for illusion

    I did magic in college. I love magic...its fun, entertaining, exciting.

    But, as you know, the card doesn't really disappear, the woman isn't cut in half, the building doesn't vanish.

    It's all illusion. It's not real.

    So, how odd is it, with Valentine's Day upon us, that we look for "magic" in love?

  • Feb. 12, 2014: Our readers write

    Polling information not good for Mitch
    I am not shocked after learning of the results of the recent Lexington Herald-Leader/WKYT Bluegrass Poll. According to the poll, Alison Lundergan Grimes holds a four-point advantage over U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The two are expected to compete for the U.S. Senate seat in November if McConnell can defeat Tea Party candidate Matt Bevin in May.
    Grimes leads the poll 46 percent to 42 percent and that margin could increase if McConnell continues to be a champion of gridlock.

  • With precious cargo, safety first is motto

    ISSUE: Deciding when to call a snow day
    OUR VIEW: Complaints about decisions are unwarranted

    Winter 2014 shows little mercy. It delivers snow and ice and throws its cruel winds when and where it pleases.

    It has no reins, of course, and so we take it. Armed with ice scrapers, bundled in layers, suffering cabin fever and pining for April, we just take it.

  • Happy Birthday, HMH

    TOPIC: HMH celebrates the big 6-0!
    OUR VIEW:
    Hospital is a community leader

    When the community’s hospital opened its doors back in 1954, it was a far cry from what we see today with expansion taking place along North Dixie Avenue.

    There were 81 hospital beds and not even 100 employees and medical staff.

  • USDA cattle inventory

    Here’s some interesting information provided by Dr. Kenny Burdine, University of Kentucky Extension livestock agriculture economist, on the USDA’s Jan. 1 cattle inventory report released last week.

    Beef cattle numbers decreased again, estimated down just less than 1 percent. A lot of attention likely will be given to a 2 percent increase in beef heifer retention. Here at home, Kentucky beef cow numbers were estimated to be down around 2 percent, while beef heifer retention in Kentucky was estimated to be down 3.3 percent.