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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • COLUMN: Senate is focused on education bills

    This was a very busy week in Frankfort with many visitors and a lot of discussion on pending issues from both chambers of the General Assembly.
    On Tuesday, the Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 75, which addresses safety options for religious groups that operate horse-drawn buggies. As co-sponsor of this bill, I am proud of this legislation and the efforts made by fellow members and citizens from all over the Commonwealth.

  • COLUMN: Who's on (the ballot) first?

    Parts of this year’s legislative session have reminded this reporter of the comedy sketch, “Who’s on First?” made popular by the vaudeville act Abbott and Costello.
    Though not nearly as humorous, the jockeying around of state representatives — especially as they pertain to Spencer County — has been just as confusing.
    Just when we think we’ve figured out an answer to the question, “Who’s our representative?” one side or the other throws a curve ball to mix us up once again.