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Today's Opinions

  • 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:

  • The GOP’s ‘Amazing Race’

    I love reality shows.
    Especially presidential elections.
    For most of us who follow politics, it seems as though we’re beginning an unnecessary fifth season of “The Amazing Race Political Survivor: Iowa and New Hampshire,” not diving into the infancy of the 2012 presidential race.
    I’m already exhausted by the debates, the practiced on-camera smiles and blind predictions for the Republican Party nominee.  
    But somehow, I can’t look away, like one of those bug-eating episodes of “Fear Factor.”

  • Paying public has the right to know

    Column as I see ’em …
    The health board has created a committee to figure out how to financially salvage itself from itself, and it’s with no small amount of frustration that I’m unable to share with you how that process is going.
    When it met last week, the committee promptly went into a closed session, emerged and adjourned without so much as a peep.
    Public agencies have the right to discuss their business in private only when it involves property negotiations, or hiring, firing and disciplining employees.

  • Summer’s warmth will be here before we know it

    Boy, have we been spoiled.
    This winter’s temperatures could have been a gardener’s dream, if we’d known. We could still have lettuce, spinach, turnips and kale growing, if we hadn’t put the gardens to bed. By this date last year, we had had 2.5 inches of snow.
    What makes it snow? Moisture and temperature are the two culprits. Moisture in the air gathers into droplets and when the temperature cools enough, ice crystals are formed. As more are formed they get heavier. When it gets heavy enough, it falls as snow. So, where’s our snow?