Today's Opinions

  • For the love of country life

    Last Saturday morning, I spent three hours watching two men trap for beavers off the banks of the Kentucky River.
    Never thought I’d write that sentence.
    I also never imagined that I’d eat barbecued squirrel. Or taste test burgoo. Or finally learn how not to panic while driving on narrow country roads in western Anderson County.
    I may be a day late in celebrating Valentine’s Day, but I figured it’s never too late to confess a secret love: my unabashed admiration for country life.  

  • Bustin, Cornish, Lee, Hoskins, Smallwood owe apology tonight

    We’ll hear plenty when the Anderson County Health Board meets tonight (Wednesday) at 6.
    We’ll hear which health department employee has lost his or her job.
    We’ll hear which employees will be reduced to part time.
    We’ll hear how many furlough days employees will be forced to endure.
    But if history is any indicator, what we won’t hear is an apology from those responsible for inflicting this hardship on these employees and their families.

  • Shocking realities of prescription abuse drives summit to fight

    By Tara Kaprowy
    Kentucky Health News
    Prescription drug abuse has become so prevalent in parts of Kentucky, people are buying Mason jars of clean urine at flea markets and under the table at tobacco stores so they can pass drug tests.
    Almost two-thirds of Kentuckians have used prescription drugs for non-prescription reasons, 30 percentage points higher than the rest of the country.

  • In marriage, love makes the difference

    A couple of years ago, some friends of mine reported this experience on Valentine’s Day.
    The husband forgot to make dinner reservations. The couple tried several nice restaurants but found that they were booked. Then they went to a family restaurant of a national chain. They enjoyed their dinner, had fun talking, laughing about experiences they had and celebrated being together for 23 years.  

  • Phrases to help promote a happier life

    To the editor:
    Life isn’t fair, so don’t expect it to be.
    Life is filled with good and bad, and you will get your share of both.
    Victory is easy. Disappointments will teach  us more than joys.
    There is a silver lining to every dark cloud. Destructive times in life are like concrete blocks. You have the power to let go. It is up to you.

  • Wild card tosses weather prediction for loop

    I love this weather. I’ll take 60 degrees on Groundhog Day instead of ice, anytime.
    This isn’t even close to what I predicted for our winter weather. My friend Tina asked me a while back what happened. Well, I found out.

  • Shooting the messenger

    Newspapers are easy to hate.
    Believe me, I did.
    Once upon a time, I viewed the newspaper as an old, cantankerous uncle with foul breath, whispering unwanted horror stories right before I fell asleep.
    But despite what I once thought or what disapproving finger pointers say, that’s not the newspaper’s fault.
    Blame human nature.  
    Every week I meet, interview and write about those who strive to make the community a better place to live and work.
    I like these people, and I enjoy telling their stories.

  • Here’s a better way to raise taxes

    Information I shared in last week’s column about pending trouble for the library included some incorrect information.
    The accurate information, though, is even more troubling, depending on where one stands on taxes and how they are levied.
    Last week I wrote about a lawsuit against the public library in Campbell County, brought by citizens who maintain that it has been illegally setting tax rates.
    It’s a complicated case, which last Friday was taken out of circuit court there and sent into federal court.