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Today's Opinions

  • Dec. 6, 2011: Our readers write

    Don’t be immovable in government
    Admirers of Sen. Mitch McConnell like to evoke the name of Henry Clay in praise of our Republican senate minority leader; that compliment is in many ways arguable. Like Clay, McConnell has risen to high office in the legislative branch of the federal government.
    Also like Clay our senator always has been a political in-fighter, which is not always a bad thing. However, unlike the great Clay, Mr. McConnell has never been, nor will he ever be, open to compromise and this is his great failing.

  • Postal efficiency also requires quality service

    ISSUE: U.S. Postal Service cuts
    OUR VIEW: Efficiency plan has bitter elements

    Efficiency is greatly treasured. Because vital business goals can be counted in terms of dollars, finding a more efficient means to operate is valuable and often the key to success, if not survival.

  • Three cheers for area accomplishments

    ISSUE: Big wins, big seasons, big results
    OUR VIEW: Local institutions reach for success

  • Rules about openness should not be drafted by closed minds

    You don’t let wrongdoers write the law.

    Think about that. You wouldn’t let a persistent speeder set the speed limit, a drunken driver determine the legal alcohol level is and you should not let an open-record violator say what should and should not be made public.

    Yet that’s what some in state government would prefer.

  • Judge-executive answers: Whose government is it?

    Many residents incorrectly view county government as just “the government for the unincorporated areas” of the county. In reality, county government provides virtually the same services to every person – city and rural residents alike. In contrast, city governments provide additional services, or increased levels of service, to residents living within their city limits.

    Services provided by county government include:

  • Complicated family communication

    Getting a telephone call from by sister during the work day prompts an immediate emotional reaction. Seeing her name on the cellphone’s display screen brings a quick surge of tension and the beginnings of a knot in my stomach.

    It’s not that she always calls with bad news. It’s usually no big deal. But if she’s calling, it’s probably urgent, particularly if the call comes during the work day.

    We don’t call each other often.

  • Time to stand up for learning

    ISSUE: Library funding
    OUR VIEW: Champion needed

  • Dec. 4, 2011: Our readers write

    Media conviction of Cain
    Star Parker addressed how the liberal left stole the Civil Rights Movement after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died in 1968. They want to steal more. With “deep pockets” and facilitation by blacks willing to sell their skin color for personal gain, they seek to control the perceived black image. Blacks who play that game often attain profitable political careers.