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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Coal ash cinders not safe alternative to road salt

    I am writing in response to the article about winter road-clearing operations. Spencer County uses cinders, a form of coal ash. Coal ash is the waste that is left after coal is combusted.
    Now, this letter is not an attack on coal. I am just providing the facts about what is left after you burn coal. Coal ash typically contains heavy metals including arsenic, barium, lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium and selenium, to list a few. If inhaled, these toxins can cause cancer, respiratory distress and other health issues.

  • EDITORIAL: Kudos to mayor, commissioners

    We must give credit where credit is due. We want to thank Mayor Don Pay and the Taylorsville City Commission for doing right by residents and other interested parties who attended the special meeting Thursday night, Feb. 6,

  • EDITORIAL: City Commission should follow Attorney General's directive

    On Jan. 23, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway determined that the Taylorsville City Commission recently was in violation of the state’s Open Meetings law “by failing to make adequate provision for the convenience of the public during a closed session.”
    The decision was the result of a complaint filed by resident Lawrence Trageser, who petitioned the commission after it’s Dec. 3 meeting to change the way it runs legal closed sessions of its public meetings.

  • LETTER: Love of community felt during difficult loss

    My mother was a Taylorsville girl. Although I was reared in southern Indiana, my brother, sister and I spent many precious hours and days in Taylorsville with our grandparents and with my favorite uncle. We not only ran and played in the fresh country air, but we were also exposed to the love, generosity, cheerfulness, and faith in God that my grandparents and uncle so openly displayed and shared.
    Our experiences here were not just the most magical moments of our young lives. They also laid a firm foundation for my faith in God and for my faith in the goodness of mankind.

  • LETTER: What needs fixing and what doesn't

    Since the General Assembly is in session and legislatures are entering and voting on bills, I would like to mention a couple of things that need fixing along with a couple that don’t need fixing.
    We don’t need more bills to regulate women’s personal lives and interfering with the rights they already have.

  • EDITORIAL: Calm down — Kentucky still owns the bourbon brand

    Everyone needs to take a deep breath and relax — no one is tearing down our whiskey barns.
    The blogosphere and twittersphere — never ones to overreact — exploded after the Jan. 13 announcement that Japanese-owned Suntory Holdings would purchase Beam Inc. for $16 billion. Even the Gray Lady herself, The New York Times, ran the story about the announcement under the headline “My Old Osaka Home.”

  • COLUMN: Two early bills past through Senate

    The second week of the 2014 regular session brought schedules packed with meetings, rallies, press conferences and hearings on bills.  We met with constituents, citizen groups and fellow lawmakers as we began vetting proposed legislation.

  • EDITORIAL: Cold is sufferable if it kills out flu

    Two hot topics in and around our area right now are the weather (When is it going to snow and how much? And how cold is it going to get this time?) and the flu (Do you  have it? Who do you know who has it?).
    Our hope is that these two things can work together for some good. Perhaps the cold will be cold enough to kill out some of the viruses being passed around.