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Today's Opinions

  • Candidates should drop rhetoric, perform duties

    In all my years of public service, I don’t remember a time that I have heard as many speeches, read as many comments in the media and listened to as many hallway conversations in which so little of value was said than this past week.
    Do I understand why people are so upset with the political process?  I certainly do.  
    I became extremely frustrated myself as to what I could say to contribute. For those who watched the floor speeches this past week, you would have noticed the absence of any comment by me.

  • ‘Annie’ a must-see

    To the editor:
    If you have not been to see the Anderson County High School’s Act Cats production of Annie, you are doing yourself a disservice.
    You need to bring your children, your parents, your neighbors and anyone you can fit in your car and get them there to see this incredibly talented group of students put on one of the best amateur performances I have ever seen.
    My son is in the play and of course my, ahem, unbiased opinion is that he’s great, but I want to give kudos to everyone involved in this production.

  • Honesty abounds on cart crew

    To the editor:
    Sunday evening I had left my wallet in the cart at Walmart.
    After getting a few miles down the road I realized I had lost my wallet. I went back to Walmart, went to the office and the manager said one of the guys on the cart crew had returned my wallet.
    I am so very thankful to this person.
    Emy Womack
    Lawrenceburg

  • Goodbye, 'Mr. Chip'

    To the editor:
    When you’re a man you have to be really careful about your feelings and emotions, and how you express them.  There are certain things that real men just aren’t supposed to do. No tears, no sad farewells, no feelings of real loss that anyone might notice. Be strong, be confident in who you are as a man. No cracks in that armor that might show sensitivity on your part, after all you have that image that society expects you to maintain.  

  • Call Forestry Service before allowing logging

    o the editor:
    An out-of-town company came into Anderson County to log my hardwood trees. The owner offered such a great deal (so it seemed) to cut logs on our 170 acres.
    He promised the moon.
    We live two-thirds of a mile back a dirt road. His first promise was to build a road out of special material to be smooth for us and hold up forever.

  • In Orwell’s world, Wisconsinites are good, Tea Partiers are bad

    To the editor:
    During our national “summer of discontent” leading up to the passage of the health care bill, the Tea Party movement grabbed headlines with its passionate opposition to that specific bill along with other concerns around which they coalesced.
    They often confronted their elected representatives in town hall meetings, so much so that many of those representatives stopped participating in those forums.
    Tea Partiers were passionate, often raucous, and sometimes boorish in their energetic efforts to make themselves heard.

  • Beshear’s failure to reduce costs leads to ‘no’ vote 

    The gavel has fallen on another session of the General Assembly as we adjourned last week.  Although the issue of a shortfall in Kentucky’s Medicaid budget remains, we still passed nearly 100 pieces of legislation during the 2011 session.
     The two biggest bills we considered during the 2011 session were House Bill 305, dealing with a shortfall in Kentucky’s Medicaid budget, and House Bill 225, which sought to increase the dropout age from 16 to 18.

  • Eager for spring, but don’t rush the season

    Sunshine makes me smile. It’s especially nice to see after a long, cold winter.
    Here on the farm, my rain gauge has measured 15.5 inches of precipitation since Jan. 1. That’s lot of moisture and things are definitely going green.
    This Sunday, spring officially arrives. The vernal equinox means we will be warming up and all the flowers will be coming up to celebrate. The sound of mowers will soon reach a frenzied pitch, as folks start leveling off the wild onions and dandelions sprouting in their yards.