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Today's Opinions

  • Who ya gonna call?

    It’s the most recognizable phone number in the country and it’s one we teach our children to memorize at the earliest age because knowing it and dialing it can literally save a life.

    911 is the number Americans dial when there’s an accident, an injury, a fire, a crime or any type of emergency requiring immediate response from trained first-responders. The service is as much a part of public safety as the men and women in uniform who show up minutes later.

  • From our readers - Thanks for assistance during drowning search
  • Faith and the Fourth of July

    America turns 240 on Monday. There will be cookouts, parties, fireworks and a spirit of celebration. Such was what the founders predicted upon the passing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelephia in July of 1776.

    In fact, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail the following prophetic note in a letter after he put pen to paper on that historic document:

  • Get outside and play

    If you happened by Ray Jewell Memorial Park this past Saturday, you saw and heard something that’s becoming increasingly rare these days. The sounds of kids playing, the sights of kids running and jumping–all were on full display. The same sights are common at Waterford Park during the soccer season.

    Thanks are in order to all the adults involved in all youth programs, whether they be sports, scouting, church-related or any other activities designed to get kids out of the house and involved.

  • Budget clock about to strike

    When it comes to procrastination, I’m one of the worst offenders. Just ask my wife. The temptation to put off until tomorrow what should be done today is one I repeatedly struggle with.

    I’m not alone.

    The Spencer County Fiscal Court finally got serious about the budget Monday night. The only problem is, time is running out.

    By state law, counties must pass a balanced budget by the last day of June, to take effect the first day of July. However, the true deadlines fall a little earlier than that.

  • Legislative committees begin work for 2017

    June begins the Interim Period, a time during which legislators meet with their respective committees and monitor any issues within our scope. We also hear testimony and are informed on noteworthy topics that may require us to take action in future legislation. It is hard to believe that the 2017 session is only seven months away. Because it falls during an odd year, it will be a 30-day session that starts on Tuesday, January 3. It is already time, however, to prepare and discuss important issues facing the Commonwealth.

  • Congress ceded power to president

    In response to Jim Waters’ June 8 article:

  • From shock to frenzy

    After the shock of Sunday morning’s massacre at a night club in Orlando began to wear off, the frenzy began.
    The frenzy was not about finding out what truly happened, but centered on who could make the most political hay out of the tragedy.