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Today's Opinions

  • Detection is key to colorectal cancer

    March is Colorectal Awareness Month, providing an opportunity nationwide to promote awareness of colorectal cancer prevention by early detection.
    Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of death in the United States. It is treatable and preventable, although colorectal cancer is a common and lethal disease. In the United States, there are approximately 150,000 new cases diagnosed a year.  

  • Meatballs horse, of course

    No one likes liars.
    Particularly when your food is lying.
    Not laying on your plate, but masquerading as something it’s not supposed to be.
    Horse meat in beef’s clothing, for example.
    Imitation may be the finest form of flattery, but except when we’re not aware of the cuisine mimicry.  
    In earth-shattering headlines, media outlets pick up on the latest click-bait “you won’t believe what thing you won’t want to eat next!” and reveal another food isn’t what it said it was.

  • Business licenses, insurance fees equal death by 1,000 taxes

    Column as I see ’em …
    It was disappointing to learn that the fiscal court won’t do away with its ridiculous business license requirement simply because it includes an equally ridiculous insurance premium fee.
    Frankly, magistrates should get rid of both.
    The first is an inexplicable tax on local businesses put in place, apparently, because some people have the audacity to open a business in our fair town. The second is equally inexplicable and in place simply because people own things they either want or are required to insure.

  • Spring headed our way with full force

    Whew, did someone push fast forward on my life’s remote control?
    This last week flew by and it’s because I’ve been on the road. I’ve been commuting to Louisville every day for training and it sure gives me the opportunity to watch the wild life, including some behind the wheel.

  • Attacking bed bugs expensive, tedious

    Last week I had a call from someone who remembered my column on bed bugs from last August.
    They had a serious infestation and wanted to know what could be done and what it would cost. The answer is bad news – lots of work and lots of expense.
    Bed bugs were found at one of the Department of Transportation offices in Frankfort. Although it was reported that very few bed bugs found, the entire floor was treated the second time around.

  • Cotillions breed self-righteous arrogance, not needed empathy

    To the editor:
    I was repulsed, if not surprised, to learn of the recent founding of the Lawrenceburg Junior Cotillion. The establishment of the Junior Cotillion presents a fine example of the perpetuation of archaic mentalities that have left the South falling behind the rest of the country for the past century.
    The history of the cotillion is a nauseating one, marked most notably by the desire of the Southern elite to flaunt their wealth and by the tradition of objectifying women and teaching them how to “behave.”

  • On my mind: Judd’s voice needed in Senate

    Will someone please wake me up?
    I just had a dream that Ashley Judd was running for Mitch McConnell’s Senate seat.
    OMG! It was not a dream; perhaps I was just in a dozing state of denial as it appears she is taking this challenge more serious every day.
    Rumor is she recently met with Democrat insiders in Louisville to seriously discuss the possibility. She’s also met with New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Democrat bean counters to conduct some poll research.

  • Hemp law makes headway

    Hemp production in Kentucky may soon become more than a pipe dream.
    Back in November 2011, I wrote a column about industrial hemp as a source of biofuel.
    Now in 2013, industrial hemp is fueling conversations from the state senate to FFA debates at Anderson County High School.
    Last Monday the state senate passed Senate Bill 50 to allow the licensing and of hemp growers, should the state eventually receive a waiver from the federal government to produce industrial hemp.