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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Grieve with families on Memorial Day, too

    An ad placed in the Courier-Journal a week before Memorial Day in 1999 read, “Family (daughter) of Cpl. Charles A. Smith 3rd BAT. 1st Marines, Kilo Co., killed in Vietnam 2-28-68. Have photo. Want to give to family,” and listed a phone number Chris Giordano.
    Cpl. Charles Smith is my brother. He was killed on Feb. 29, 1968 ... six days after his 20th birthday. Chris Giordano is an extension of our family now. He had served in Vietnam with Charlie. He was wounded, losing his left arm in January 1968.

  • COLUMN: Where we were and where we are

    When I was a kid, we did not have a large amount of waste to dispose of. The top of a tin can was saved to use when a mouse would chew a hole in the floor or baseboard of a building. The can was saved to store small items such as tacks. What was paper waste got burned. Everybody had a hollow or sinkhole to dispose of the unusable waste.

  • COLUMN: Plan your weekend right here

    Right around a decade ago – yes, that makes me feel old; you’ll see why – if you had stumbled into Bell County High School, you could have seen yours truly as Alice in “Alice in Wonderland” or Helena in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
    Some of the nights spent rehearsing and putting together props are some of my best memories from my senior year of high school.

  • LETTER: Medicaid expansion to become taxpayer burden

    Was anyone moved by Gov. Steve Beshear’s alligator tears on TV as he described how President Barack Obama’s administration was going to give $800 million to Kentucky for expansion of Medicaid? Or how it was necessary to bypass the legislative process?  His performance made me reach for my wallet to make sure it was still in my pocket.

  • LETTER: Article on Shircliffe property omitted important context

    I would like to respond to the article that recently appeared in the Magnet titled “City cannot use Main Street funds for road access.” This story, while factually correct omits some important context.

  • POINT-COUNTERPOINT COLUMN: Collins’ announcement took courage

    NOTE: Editor Shannon Brock and Freelancer John Shindlebower each tackle a side of the question, "Was NBA player Jason Collins 'courageous' in announcing publicly that he is gay?"

  • POINT-COUNTERPOINT COLUMN: Announcement was ‘self-serving act’

    NOTE: Editor Shannon Brock and Freelancer John Shindlebower each tackle a side of the question, "Was NBA player Jason Collins 'courageous' in announcing publicly that he is gay?"

  • LETTER: Small sin is still sin

    If we are Christians, we should all walk the way Paul tells us to walk.
    2 Corinthians 5:7-10 says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”