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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Donations for WHAS Crusade for Children are put to good use

    I would like to thank everyone in the community who donated to the WHAS Crusade for Children. Some may not realize that all money donated in Spencer County stays in Spencer County.
    These funds go toward a yearly grant that provides specific programs, materials, and equipment to students with special needs within our school system. The grant provides direct benefits to students and is not for administrative or general purposes.
    Our wonderful firefighters, who stand at roadblocks with boot in hand, raise more than 50 percent of this money each year.

  • LETTER: ‘Money speaks’ when it comes to gas prices

    It seems many politicians do not want to reveal the true reasons for the recent increase in our gas prices. It serves their political purposes to just blame the president who actually has nothing to do with it.

  • COLUMN: Fake pot could create real problems

    Who knew something considered fake could pose such a real threat in Spencer and surrounding counties?
    Admittedly, I know very little about synthetic cannabinoids/synthetic marijuana/fake pot/whatever you want to call it.
    Many of you know my professional background — I spent three years, 2008-2011, as news editor at The Anderson News in neighboring Anderson County. Because of my history there and because of my current residence there, I made it a point to follow the “fake pot” saga when the fiscal court there passed its ordinance last month.

  • ONLINE-ONLY COLUMN: Kentucky’s Senate, a week in review

    We have reached the halfway point of the 2012 General Assembly Session. There are daily committee meetings, policy briefings, visits from constituents, and meetings with various advocacy groups.
    Senate Bill 103 passed the Senate last Tuesday with bipartisan support. It would add an ultrasound image to the informed consent process currently required before an abortion is performed. This measure is an effort to make sure women seeking abortions have as much information as possible, and my hope is that this will help women reconsider this life altering decision.

  • COLUMN: ‘Talking trash’ in 2012: preparing for the local litter abatement program

    As we enter 2012 with high expectations, there have been several changes in the direction litter abatement and waste removal have taken.
    Several of the largest cities in the U.S. have taken a look at the cost of garbage elimination, and have come up with new ideas on disposal.
    Landfills cost a lot of money to buy, regulate and operate due to health and environmental issues. We all know the fact that our government units are short of money in seemingly every area. So, the new idea is to recycle, renew, and reuse all possible scrap material.

  • LETTER: Stevens’ career was built on helping others

    The word service is defined in the dictionary as “work done for somebody else.”
    We think that describes Darrell Stevens very well. For years, he was on call day and night, never knowing what the next emergency might be. Probably in his mind, hoping the accident wouldn’t involve someone he knew, but in many, and probably most cases, it did.
    Being a small, or what used to be a small county, if you are not related to someone involved in an accident, you probably know someone who is.

  • COLUMN: Tragedies show how precious life is

    It would most likely sound cliche for me to say in light of recent events in Spencer County that life is precious — but are we ever really at risk of saying that too much?

  • COLUMN: Will success come from mandatory school attendance?

    Every parent wants his or her child to succeed in life. Early on, parents can help by making sure that their children can read. And they need to keep them in school. This is the parent’s responsibility, but some in Frankfort want to take that responsibility away from them by mandating school attendance until they’re 18 years old.