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Today's Opinions

  • From the education desk: Bibles, ACT and attendance

    I look pretty good in hats.
    And I wear a few of them: features writer, page designer, city government beat reporter and amateur expert in how to cover the Fair and Horse Show pageants.
    In this week’s column, I’ll put on the hat I reserve for education news (not sure what kind of literal hat that would be, but you can use your imagination) in a quick round-up of some interesting education news from the last few weeks.

    God isn’t dead even if we may not be able to pass out Bibles in school

  • Nothing ‘decent’ about Herndon’s column

    I became enraged as I read [sports editor] John Herndon’s column entitled “What happened to decency?” concerning the recent bill passed in California that protects transgender students’ right to choose the gendered sport and locker room that matches their gender identity.

  • ‘Stupidity’ evident in Obamacare, Middle East

    To the editor:
    The dictionary defines stupidity as slow to learn or lacking intelligence. Practical applications of both definitions can be observed in the outcomes of the U.S. Congress and the White House. Salient examples abound.

  • Bikers more than meets the eye

    To the editor:
    Cruising down I-75 this past Tuesday, motorists gave a double take as they witnessed Hoss Cartwright breezing down the Interstate on his POW MIA Harley trike with a shower chair strapped to the passenger seat.
    Hoss, a highly decorated Vietnam vet and member of the Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club (VNVMC) was escorted by Ed Peirce, also a Vietnam Vet, and member of the Second Brigade Motorcycle Club (SBMC) as well as Joanne Hunter, a Marine Corps Nurse Vet. They were headed to Berea to offer aid to a veteran brother with a broken leg.

  • Sign ordinance has major, minor flaws

    Column as I see ’em …
    It’s a shame that after years of effort and no small amount of compromise the new sign ordinance being proposed by the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce does absolutely nothing to fix the current ordinance’s fatal flaw.
    Not that the chamber could do a thing about that flaw, which is simply that two zoning boards of adjustments — one city, one county — can override the ordinance at will by granting waivers.

  • Believe in golden rule: reduce, reuse and recycle

    Wow! There’s only two more Saturdays in August and a realization just dawned on me.
    For the last decade or so I have run my produce stand from Memorial Day to Labor Day. That’s my idea of summer. After Labor Day, I switch over to tutoring on Saturdays. So, besides the holiday breaks I’m always working, off the farm, six days a week. This year is going to be different.

  • Summer salad packs healthy punch

    The summer corn and couscous salad was a favorite at the Anderson County Senior Center. This week I’ll prepare it for “Taking Ownership of Your Diabetes.”
    Corn is low fat; saturated fat free; sodium free; cholesterol free and good source of vitamin C. Corn is a good source of fiber and B vitamins, with 90 calories in a half cup serving.

  • Bluegrass Pipeline will be important part of Kentucky’s future

    By James Scheel
    and Allen Kirkley
    Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP
    Learning that a new underground pipeline may be coming through Kentucky has some folks asking questions.
    What are the risks? What about my land? What about the environmental impact? These are just a few things Kentuckians have a right to know about the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline Project.