Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Investing in Return on Relationships

    Editor’s Note: Lance Allison is the president/CEO of the Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce. He spoke to the Taylorsville-Spencer County Chamber of Commerce last Thursday on the importance of relationships and shared this column, first published in the Murray Ledger and Times, with The Spencer Magnet.

  • COLUMN: Alcohol results not so sensational

    As you can see on today’s front page, law enforcement officials are chalking up the 18-month-old sale of alcohol to a wash – and rightly so.
    Every official this reporter talked to shared the same sentiment. As Sheriff Buddy Stump put it, “I haven’t seen any more [DUIs], but I haven’t seen any less.”
    The numbers themselves are somewhat conflicting – at first glance, it looks like DUI arrests went up (+37) while DUI convictions went down (-11). And if that’s as far as we take it, there are lots of questions to be asked.

  • LETTER: Thanks for help with litter abatement program

    In spite of the abnormal weather and the busy summer schedules, our non-profit groups have done a really good job on our Summer Roadside Litter Abatement Program.
    Our citizens need to be proud of the way our county’s roads look, and be thankful for the energetic people that are willing to take the time to help make our county more attractive.
    We all feel the pinch of the weak economy, and need to remember how beneficial it can be to recycle any renewable, reusable waste, rather than tossing it.

  • LETTER: What happened to human compassion?

    After a long summer, my husband and I felt we needed a small getaway. We left on July 20 and returned on July 21 – two of the hottest days we have had this summer.
    The first day was enjoyable. The second day was something else.
    When we entered the last shop of the day, there were six chairs with straight backs sitting in front of the shop outside in the scorching heat.
    My husband has an illness that affects his walking and has pain in his back. He walks with a cane and sometimes with a walker with wheels.

  • LETTER: Thanks for caring for our loved one

    To the people of Taylorsville, we, the family of Marsha Dennison, wish to thank you for being there for her, especially those who were there at her unfortunate accident on Feb. 3, 2010.
    The Alexander and Gross families
    Plymouth, Ind.

  • COLUMN: We hope you enjoy your surprise

    Surprises! These are the unexpected and unforeseen occurrences in life which may elicit feelings of excitement and joy just as they can throw us a curve and perplex us.

  • LETTER: With increased case load, CASA needs volunteers

    In 2010, 19,500 abused and neglected kids in Kentucky needed child protective services – that’s over 50 children every day for an entire year.
    Would you recognize that child if you saw them riding a bike or playing on the playground or waiting at a bus stop? You probably couldn’t, since this crime cuts across all social, economic and ethnic boundaries.

  • LETTER: Social Security is not a benevolent entitlement

    How can anyone regard Social Security as a benevolent entitlement? Social Security is an insurance policy whose premiums have been paid for by the combined lifetime payments of the employee and employer.
    Although the government administers the program for us, it makes no donations to our premiums. It is a fact that the Social Security program more than pays for itself and has always had a large surplus, which, unfortunately, has been used by Congress for the general fund and not for the Social Security Program. Our premiums have been misspent.