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Today's Opinions

  • Whatever you do, don’t tell Lucille White

    A big surprise is close at hand for Lucille and William White, but nobody wants them to know so mum’s the word.
    The trouble is, Lucille has been asking everybody in her family what they are going to do for their 60th anniversary. “She’s driving us crazy,” said her daughter Donna.
    It’s hard to keep a secret from her mom, but her mom and dad kept a secret when they first married.

  • Not much ‘voluntary’ about farm plate fee

    With March Madness upon us and Kentucky on a roll, I hate to point out a negative about former Wildcat Richie Farmer, but will anyway.
    A man came into my office about a week ago, angrier than Charlie Sheen after a three-day bender. He had just left the county clerk’s office after renewing his license plates and was outraged that the amount of the bill he received in the mail included a $10 “voluntary contribution.”

  • Gardening is a marathon, not a sprint

    I’m watching and listening as spring rolls closer.
    I’m watching the wild onions, crocus and lilies pop up.  The green is growing.
    Listening for the sounds of spring means new bird songs greet my day and the ever-wonderful tree frogs serenade my nights. Hoosier that I am, I liken it to the Indianapolis 500. The cars are rolling up to the line and the engines are roaring.
    The trick with the gardening race is to remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint. That doesn’t mean we’re not supposed to peel out.

  • Reputation of excellence continues for schools

    By Sheila Mitchell

  • Distilleries need break on ad valorem tax

    To the editor:
    Bourbon is a proud symbol of Kentucky craftsmanship and tradition that’s hailed around the world. It’s a legendary signature industry that creates 10,000 good-paying jobs and pours hundreds of millions into the Bluegrass economy.
    It’s also a growing, thriving industry in these times of economic hardship. Distillery growth has helped Kentucky weather the global recession by adding six percent of new jobs this past decade, while other state manufacturers have shed 19 percent of their employment.

  • No reason to keep using Frankfort’s jail

    Column as I see ’em …
    The days of taxpayers here subsidizing the jail in Franklin County should be over.
    Our inmates can be transported to the moon for all I care, so long as our police officers and jailer never again have to deal with Franklin County Jailer Billy Roberts.
    During last Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting, our jailer, Joani Clark, had finally had enough and told magistrates about Roberts’ behavior, and that she is negotiating with Shelby County to move our inmates there.

  • Pay teachers we need, not the ones we don’t

    The Anderson County Board of Education cannot hope to obtain and retain the best and brightest teachers by continuing to employ even one teacher too many.
    News last week that the district employs, by its own staffing formula, 13 teachers it doesn’t need is a slap in the face to every needed teacher in the district.
    They are the ones who had to grovel earlier this year to avoid having the number of days they work reduced, which would amount to a pay cut.
    They are the ones who have lived through pay freezes.

  • Obama, congress should adopt Superman’s credo

    To the editor:
    Our Constitution requires the president to give information of the state of the union to Congress and recommend such measures as “he shall judge necessary and expedient …”
    Congress received no such information from President Obama on Jan. 25. No specific measures were recommended to address the 50.2 million impoverished Americans or any of the other well-known problems that range from debt and meaningless wars to the tyrannical lobby industry.