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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: New year, new era in Kentucky House

    As the Speaker’s gavel fell on Tuesday, Jan. 4, all 100 members of the Kentucky State House filed into the chamber, waiting to commence the 2011 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

  • EDITORIAL: City, county merger deserves to be studied

    Only those afraid of what they might find will stand opposed to the creation of a committee to research the viability of merging city and county government.
    We support such a study, and will be mightily disappointed should the city council and fiscal court stand in the way. (Details, A1).
    No one — not the group of people assembled by attorney Walter Patrick or our elected officials — has clue one if such an idea makes practical, common sense.
    Nor does anyone know if the idea would actually save taxpayers one thin dime.

  • COLUMN: If taxing districts killed, merge all you like

    It doesn’t matter to me if merging city and county government would save money.
    Heck, I don’t care if it ends up costing more — well, a little more.
    Merging will be a hands-down winner with me if it accomplishes only one thing: kill the ridiculous taxing districts.
    As painful as it is to read and write, what this county needs more than anything right now is to “redistribute the wealth.” (President Barack Obama, 2008-present).

  • COLUMN: News — no matter the hour

    Wednesday morning my phone rang at 4:59, well ahead of my 7:30 alarm.
    Last Monday morning was much the same story, except the phone rang a little later — 5:26.
    Anderson County students have missed 10 days of school this winter (as of Wednesday night when I wrote this column), so it would be very easy to squeeze in a hyperbole and say this has happened to me 10 times this school year so far. But let’s be honest, sometimes school gets called off the day before.

  • COLUMN: If Richard’s right, only one more snow to come

    As January ends I wanted to remind you of a column I wrote at the beginning of the month. Remember the Poor Richard’s Almanac quote “As many days old as the moon is at the first snow, there will be as many snows before crop planting time?”
    I figured out that according to Poor Richard we should have eight snow events. Dustings don’t count. So, as of today, we’ve had seven events. That leaves only one more to go and that should put a smile on your face. I just hope it holds true.

  • COLUMN: ‘Ask and ye shall receive’ verse lost on state leaders

    I’ve never claimed to have all the answers, but I do have many questions about the world.
    Some involve personal annoyances:
    Why do so many people who go to Walmart enter through the exit doors and exit through the doors clearly marked enter?
    Why is it that so many gas stations now require you to prepay at the pump with your credit card, but then still make you go inside to get the receipt?

  • COLUMN: Precinct moves will benefit disabled

    Column as I see ’em …
    Let’s kick this week off with some kudos for a change.
    Topping the list is a shout out to the board of elections for doing the obvious and moving the remaining polling places from the rural areas into the city.
    I know that isn’t sitting well with some folks who live in the western part of the county and other areas because they now have to drive into town to vote.
    They like the tradition of voting within their own precinct, and have done so since Hector was a pup.

  • COLUMN: Quantity over quality?

    When it comes to clothing in the Brock household, there is a constant debate about quantity vs. quality between my husband and me.
    This debate isn’t always verbalized, sometimes it’s internalized, but we like to give each other a lot of good-spirited grief.
    I’m a sucker for a good deal, so, as you can probably imagine, I’m on the quantity side of the discussion. I would rather spend less on items individually and get a whole heck of a lot of them.