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Today's Opinions

  • From newlyweds to future oldlyweds

    Sunday marks my one-year wedding anniversary. OK, granted in the grand scheme of things a paper-wedding anniversary isn’t as flashy as a gold, silver or diamond anniversary.

    You won’t see one-year anniversary announcements in the local paper. Nor will you see awe-stricken people eagerly approaching a couple that has been married a year to ask their secret.

  • OK, but why aren’t the scales being used?

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …

    Magistrate David Ruggles in his letter to the editor this week apparently thinks that I disagree with the fiscal court’s decision to install scales and begin charging for people to get rid of junk and yard debris.

    My beef is not with the scales; in fact, I fully support and applaud the decision to purchase them. It’s instead with the fact that the scales, as of Monday, are not being used despite being in place since earlier this year.

  • Prefers ‘column as facts dictate’

    To the editor:

    Ben Carlson’s comments in the Nov. 26 edition of the paper on the fiscal court’s decision to install scales need some clarification.

    First, the junk/trash referred to currently goes into a compactor free of charge. The fiscal court (your taxpayer money) then pays, very expensively, I might add) to haul that compactor to the Benson Valley Landfill.

  • She keeps bad boys jailed, state lets ’em go

    Column as I see ’em …

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    When the keyboard is ripped away from my mouthy fingers and I’m sent home for good, I now know how I intend to spend at least a portion of my so-called golden years.

  • Water main breaks raise infrastructure questions

    Water main breaks. They’re becoming an all too common in the city. There was another one in the Alton area off Highway 151 on Sunday. Since October, we’ve had at least one water main break every month.

    Judging from exasperated Facebook posts, I know the public is tiring of hearing about water main breaks as well.

  • Learn to understand power of plants

    Happy December. What a wacky last day of November we had. It got up to 69 degrees here on the farm. If only we could keep of few of those days on tap. I’d like to just sprinkle them in when we needed it. Let’s hope Mother Nature is kind to us this winter.

  • Try these recipes to get rid of turkey leftovers

    Turkey leftovers should be in the freezer now. While you can substitute turkey for chicken in almost any recipe, it is nice to try new recipes. If you have already used all that turkey, then keep these for planned over meals another time.

  • Kentuckians have right to make their own destiny

    By Jim Host

    Guest Columnist

    Election season is special time in Kentucky. Next to basketball season, there doesn’t seem to be a time that gets Kentuckians more excited.

    But what happens when it’s over and the last ballots have been cast and counted? Then it’s time for Kentucky to get down to the business of the initiatives that move the Commonwealth forward.