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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: An education celebration

    Friday afternoon I was lucky enough to be invited to a celebration at Emma B. Ward Elementary School.
    I received an invitation to the event in the mail at least a week ahead of time (who doesn’t love advance notification?) and looked forward to attending ever since putting the date in the calendar on my smart phone.

  • COLUMN: In cold, keep animals’ needs in mind

    Happy November.
    October must have been flying on a broomstick, because it sure went by fast. This month is just chocked full of stuff to do, including finally bringing in the hoses and laying down extra mulch. I got 1.38 inches of rain here on the farm and I’m grateful for every drop.
    It’s amazing how fast the grass greened up. We still need lots more of the wet stuff to bring us out of this drought, but I’m pretty sure we’ll get it soon enough. The temperature drop will help as well.

  • EDITORIAL: Reaction to puppy vs. slain woman disturbing

    If you weren’t taken aback by some of the Facebook comments made by people angry with the Lawrenceburg man accused of killing an 8-month-old puppy, you certainly should have been.

    Some of the comments we had in last week’s paper included calls for burning the accused, pouring acid on his face to remove his features and hanging him from a tall tree.

    Emotions certainly run high when a defenseless animal is so terribly brutalized, but there is no excuse for what was written about him on Facebook, regardless of the crime he allegedly committed.

  • COLUMN: A shout out to kindly old Uncle Chuck

    And I thought the suspected puppy killer drew a harsh public reaction.
    That is until I started catching the fallout of last week’s front page that featured a woman getting seven years in prison for sending disgusting photos to a 12-year-old boy, and a former youth minister getting probation after being charged with rape, sodomy and other horrifying acts.
    Most of the outrage centered on the fact that the woman never laid a finger on her victim, but the youth minister laid a finger, and more, on his. Yet she goes to prison and he goes home.
    Fair enough.

  • COLUMN: I'm a rare breed, indeed

    On days like this past Tuesday, I certainly feel like a rare breed of sorts.
    Early — too early — Tuesday morning, I woke up to start the process that is deadline day at a weekly newspaper.
    As I was getting ready to come to work, I tested out a few tunes from the new Taylor Swift album, “Speak Now,” while waiting for 6 a.m. to roll around.
    You see, Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio doesn’t start until 6.

  • COLUMN: Cold weather means more food on the table

    Ah! Crisp mornings have arrived. Each fall, I start the great closet wash. Warm clothes that have been hanging in the closet for months, are systematically washed to be ready for the winter season. I only have one load left, the long underwear.
    I believe there are two camps of people in this world, those who would rather be cold than hot and those, like me, who would prefer hot over cold. Consequently, I have enough layers to dress up as the Mr. Michelin Man all winter.

  • Letters to the editor - 10/27

    Response to puppy killing, murder worth notice

  • COLUMN: In the end, votes are what matters

    Whether it’s fetching unsweetened tea from Mickey D’s (my wife won’t let me drink sweet tea; she says I’m already too sweet), or meat in the grocery store (no salad stuff, thanks; I only eat things that eat salad) folks love to ask me to predict the outcome of next month’s judge-executive election.

    I have no idea why. Were I able to predict future events, instead of using this keyboard to pound out words I’d be using it to trade stocks and futures while eating pork chops and sipping tea on a tropical island.