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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • LETTER: Do we really need a Taj Mahal library?

    I’m writing in response to Shannon Brock’s column regarding the meeting to gather input and ideas for a possible new library in Spencer County. While the turnout for this meeting no doubt was disappointing, it’s not at all surprising since obviously the vast majority of people take little to no interest in the functioning of or participation in their government — local, state or federal.

  • LETTER: Thanks for help with candy buyback

    We wanted to express our thanks and gratitude for the many people who participated in our third annual candy buyback “Treats for our Troops” event.
    I know it can be hard to give up your hard earned candy, but your teeth and our troops say thank you.

  • LETTER: Avoid ‘childish’ politics when electing county clerk next year

  • LETTER: Complain to those who can change laws

    This is in response to Lawrence Trageser’s seemingly consistent harassment of the current county judge-executive and the lawful decisions/actions Bill Karrer makes.
    Lawrence, if you don’t like the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, why not make your complaints to those who do make them? Or better yet run for office yourself.
    I have every confidence that the current elected officials and/or appointees are doing what they consider is the best for the county.
    You, sir, just seem to have multiple axes to grind using unfounded opinions.