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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: With summer upon us, remember to recycle

    We are now into the “lazy, hazy days of summer,” according to the song. We have many issues we need to address so we can forget lazy. First up, we have been very lucky to have been approved for a grant from the Kentucky Pride Fund to purchase a new heavy duty baler for the recycling center. The new baler will help compact cardboard and paper products into tighter bales and create more bales in less time.

  • Tea Party movement alive and well

    Contrary to the liberal media’s opinion that the Tea Party has passed it’s prime, the event in Washington D.C. last Wednesday proved otherwise. Both the east lawn and west lawn of the U.S. Capitol building were covered with thousands of patriotic Americans exercising their First Amendment Freedom of Speech.
    The topic of east lawn speakers was the “Gang of 8” immigration bill (a secure border was promised with the 1986 Amnesty bill, but never delivered — now we have untold millions here illegally).

  • A reminder to ‘public servants’

    The use of force or coercion to abuse or intimidate others — that’s the definition of bullying and it has been all too familiar in Spencer County these days.
    While we know this is a pressing issue in our schools, the bullying we’d rather address today comes straight from our elected officials.
    Over the last 10 days, members of our staff have been told the following from those “trusted” with serving this community:

  • COLUMN: Loads of trash collected, but that’s a good thing

    We have completed our Spring Roadside Litter Abatement Drive with the largest number of groups to date. With almost 1,900 bags of litter contained, we can feel sure that for a short time, at least, our county is more presentable to visitors.
    Our county tire amnesty held in May netted 1,580 scrap tires that will not end up in Salt River or Brashears Creek, etc. We have had good luck to date in having the cooperation of our citizens when we have a cleanup/takeback event of any type.

  • COLUMN: Don't be afraid to 'invest' in yourself

    There is a definite divide between what would normally be classified as an expense as opposed to what is considered an investment, and your accountant would advise you to keep the two separated when it comes time to file your taxes. However, when it comes to advertising, it is my contention that the lines blur and even intermingle between the two in many regards, and I will gladly explain how I’ve come to this way of thinking.

  • COLUMN: Without photographers, reporters will pick up the ‘weekly’ skill set

    A move by one of Chicago’s largest daily newspapers sent shock-waves through the journalism world recently — the Chicago Sun-Times laid off its entire photography department.
    For those who are not as up-to-date on the field as those of us who are in it, photographers are a luxury that typically only larger newspapers can afford.
    I’ve worked for two newspapers who had their own employees who were strictly devoted to photography — my college paper, The Kentucky Kernel, and The State Journal in Frankfort, both of which are dailies.

  • LETTER: Great info provided at Extension class

    I just wanted to thank Bryce Roberts and Mike Pyles for doing such a great job on the recent poisonous plants class.
    The course was very helpful in identifying potential threats to my horses’ health. I really liked the way we were given detailed information on what to look for each season. The class was well done and easy to understand. The photos were also a big help, although actually going out and picking out poisonous plants was terrific.

  • LETTER: Salary, wages and overtime

    There has been much discussion about employees paid under salary (exempt) and there seems to be much misunderstanding about that term. Being curious, I looked it up and salary (exempt) is an employee on salary not eligible for overtime pay and an employee on salary (nonexempt) can receive overtime pay. There are restrictions on who can be under salary (exempt) listed in the Fair Labor Standards Act regulations and you can look them up.