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Today's Opinions

  • Fiscal court right, proponents wrong

    Arguing against government intrusion into the lives of its citizens is admirable, and more often than not those airing their grievances have justifiable reasons.
    That wasn’t the case in last week’s effort by a game but off-base group of residents who argued against the fiscal court’s ban on synthetic marijuana and bath salts.
    Those two scourges on our community needed to be banned, and no amount of argument in favor of protecting the rights of people to harm themselves can convince us otherwise.

  • Services you know about, and some you don’t

    During the course of daily operations in our office, we respond to calls regarding the duties of the circuit clerk’s office vs. the county clerk’s office.
    I hope the article this month will help clarify the county clerk’s duties. Our office is most commonly associated with the annual renewal of your license plate decal and paying yearly taxes on your vehicle, however we have many more duties.

  • Turn children’s snow days into grow days

    I thought I was ready for winter. Sure, I had plenty of wood. Yes, I had my bag of Winter Melt and the shovel handy. I had the truck inspected and prepped for everything, almost.
    The one thing I forgot to do was lube the rubber seals in the car door. Whoops.
    Last Thursday night, when we got our first winter weather, I ended up banging on the door with my little lunch cooler to break the ice, and it worked. Needless to say, I sprayed the rubber the next day with olive oil.  Standing outside, in the wind and snow is not my idea of a good time.

  • Diversity doesn’t need payment

    When I was in the sixth grade, I got paid for embracing diversity.
    In the interest of full disclosure, it wasn’t real money. Our school’s form of currency was the “Ram Buck,” a pink index card marked with an imprint of our mascot and used to award students for “good” character and behavior.
    Counselors would roam the halls, awarding good Samaritans at random.
    If you packed carrots in your lunch, you got a Ram Buck.
    Bring a book to read during study hall? One Ram Buck.

  • Higher broccoli prices would help save lives

    Column as I see ’em …
    Did you know that every single person who eats broccoli will die?
    It’s absolutely true, as is the case for anyone who eats carrots, peas or even a sweet ear of corn.
    I won’t explain these facts, but if you think about them for a few minutes, you’ll conclude I’m correct.
    No, this isn’t me picking on vegetables, although broccoli is truly disgusting. Instead, it’s to point out the frailties often associated with medical reports.

  • Remembering 1994’s bitter winter blast

    We’ve complained in recent years about the single-digit temperatures we’ve seen from time to time during the winter months here in central Kentucky. So far this season, the 10-15 degree range is about as cold as we’ve gotten, but even at that you can hear grumblings from folks about how spring can’t show up fast enough.
    I thought I’d do a quick little write-up about the January we experienced here 18 years ago, just to jog our memories and remind us that it could be worse — a lot worse.

  • Food pantry thankful for support

    To the editor:
    We would like to thank all the people and businesses who donated food and their time to make this year’s Community Christmas Outreach Meal at Open Hands Pantry a huge success.
    It is because of your generosity that we were able to provide meals for 469 people. We had many people come to the pantry to eat and fellowship, which we encourage, and we delivered meals, also.
    A big thanks goes out to Mark and Susie for all you did to make food available to us. May God bless you all.

  • Lack of travel policy latest example of city, county government blunders

    To the editor: