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Today's Opinions

  • With taxidermy, what’s dead will never die

    You thought you could see the deer breathe.  
    The relaxed buck sat resting among moss and grasses near a fence post, just in front of a rusted sign that once read “Posted: no hunting.”
    Opposite where his competition full-body buck sat in repose, Justin Tinsley smeared glue onto a plastic form of his deer mount before pulling the damp fur of a tanned deer hide or “cape” over the form.
    The cape is important, I learned.

  • With taxidermy, what’s dead will never die

    You thought you could see the deer breathe.  
    The relaxed buck sat resting among moss and grasses near a fence post, just in front of a rusted sign that once read “Posted: no hunting.”
    Opposite where his competition full-body buck sat in repose, Justin Tinsley smeared glue onto a plastic form of his deer mount before pulling the damp fur of a tanned deer hide or “cape” over the form.
    The cape is important, I learned.

  • Parent offended by prayer policy

    This past Friday night at our high school football game I had the opportunity to join a group of people that wanted to pray. Our right to pray is under attack and those that are in leadership roles are not standing up for us. They are hiding behind excuses and running scared from the ACLU. Does praying really offend them? Does it really offend you? You say, yes? That is your right.

  • ACLU works for, not against, religious freedom

    To the editor:
    In last week’s letters to the editor, Jerry Salyer claims the ACLU’s “ultimate goal is to purge Kentucky life of the very faith upon which it was built.”
    This quote may be found on the ACLU-Kentucky website at https://www.aclu.org/religion-belief.

  • School board should be ashamed of itself

    Column as I see ’em …
    As hard it might be to believe, the least objectionable thing the Anderson County Board of Education did last Wednesday was raise your property tax rates.
    The most objectionable? Blatant dishonesty, bordering on outright lies.
    In a remarkably unconscionable and despicable display, school board members actually used the threat of a “state” takeover of the school system to rationalize raising your taxes.

  • Conservation easements provide tax benefits

    To the editor:
    As part of a tax bill negotiated in January of this year, Congress extended until Dec. 31 the enhanced tax benefit that helps all of us who are interested in protecting working family farms, clean water, and natural areas.
    The law enhances the federal tax benefits for landowners who donate voluntary conservation agreements to organizations like Shelby Area Rural  

  • As fall looms, learn to store root crops

    Happy September. We now have 18 days until summer turns to fall.
    The orange and green farmer’s almanac already predicted a wet and chilly winter. The original Old Farmer’s Almanac with the pretty yellow cover won’t make their winter prediction until October. Though both were off with their predictions for last year.

  • Understanding violence and children

    In Duncan, Okla. three teens have been charged in connection with the murder of a 22-year-old man from Australia. The 15- and 16-year-old boys will be tried as adults and face life in prison without parole if convicted on the murder charge. The 17-year-old boy was charged with using a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and with accessory to first-degree murder after the fact. If convicted the 17 year old may receive a sentence of two years to life in prison.