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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Floyd predicts 'toughest budget session in decades'

    LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

  • LETTER: Thanks for making Toys for Tots a success

    Thanks to everyone for a very successful year for Toys for Tots. We need to give special thanks to all the locations that had toy boxes.
    I would also like to mention the help of Becky Wilson and her staff — they even helped on buying toys locally from money we had collected, mainly in honor of the late Rocky Walters.
    Thank you, also, to Mary Williams and her helpers at First Christian Church in Taylorsville.
    I had a helper, too, in Carol Dean Curtsinger, until he had gallbladder surgery.
    Bruce Kapfhammer
    Taylorsville
     

  • LETTER: A first and powerful Christmas present

    In mid-December, a number of the great people of Spencer County demonstrated their compassion for others when the middle school hosted a Benefit for an orphanage being constructed in Kenya. Over $2,000 was given to help Charles Juma complete an orphanage in Kenya that will initially serve over 300 children. The funds came from a talent show with outstanding performances appreciated by an enthusiastic audience.
    This event could not have happened without the complete cooperation of the school board, superintendent, and staff and the leadership at the middle school.

  • LETTER: Library board is responsible; thousands use facility each year

    I wish to take this opportunity to reply to Mr. John Riley on his questions and concerns about the plans for expansion of the Spencer County Public Library. As a past member and president of the Spencer County Library Board of Directors, I would like to provide some input that may help him and others make informed decisions based on facts.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Redistricting to lead off 2012 session

    Right up front I want to thank the Kentucky Standard, the Pioneer News, and the Spencer Magnet for faithfully printing these columns. I know they don’t do it as a favor to me, but rather to you, their readers. They know that these columns are my writing to you, rather than a stock piece from a staffer in the House. A friend from Spencer County told me once that he liked my writing; said it was at fourth-grade level, so he could understand it. I’m pretty sure he meant it as a compliment, even though he has a college degree or two.

  • LETTER: Burglars need more than 'slaps on the hand'

    Recently we were robbed. Not once, not twice, but three times. The perpetrator? Oh, it was the same person all three times. Now, I can go on and on about how I’ve lost things that can never be replaced; how I’ve spent hundreds of dollars for safes and security systems and cameras and new locks; that I’m afraid to walk into my own home; that I lock all the doors behind me even if I’m home; that every noise makes me jump; and that I’m mad, hurt, scared etc. All of that goes without saying.

  • Yes, Virginia. There is a Santa Claus.

    Editor’s note: Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps. It appears here courtesy of newseum.org.

    “Dear editor: I am 8 years old.

  • LETTER: Be a donor, save a life

    In 1992, the Circuit Clerks of Kentucky recognized the tragedy that 18 people die every day waiting for an organ transplant, yet Kentuckians were not aware of what they could do to save lives. The Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks supported legislation that allows every person obtaining a driver’s license or ID an opportunity to donate $1.00 to raise awareness about organ donation in Kentucky. These $1.00 donations go into a Trust — the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life.