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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: At least some showed to thank our veterans

    Column as I see ’em …
    It’s more than a bit ironic that the percentage of elected public officials who attended Sunday’s Veterans Day ceremony mirrors almost exactly the survival rate of a local vet’s horrifying experience in Korea.
    Get this: There were 40 or so people running for public office on the Nov. 2 ballot, and four (County Clerk Jason Denny, Mayor Edwinna Baker, Jailer Joani Clark and City Councilman Larry Giles) attended the ceremony, which equals around 10 percent.

  • COLUMN: Thankful for the ‘dark ages’

    Don’t you just love that it gets dark at 5:30 p.m. these days?
    Yeah, me neither.
    However, while staring out the office window at the moon at 6 p.m. on a Monday night, I decided not to dwell on that.
    Sure, we all hate that it gets dark so early. It’s no fun to get home from work after the sun sets, but (in the spirit of the upcoming holiday) I’ve decided to compile a list of things I’m thankful for now that Daylight Saving Time has ended.

  • COLUMN: Now’s the time for nesting, hot cocoa and warm food

    Well, we fell back and got a little more daylight, for a time.
    As we move closer to the winter solstice, those few precious hours allow us to get ready for the long, dark nights. It’s amazing how it changes our behavior.
    In the summer, I don’t think twice about popping over to the neighbors at 9 p.m. Shoot, most of us were still outside enjoying the weather and the garden. Now, as the long night moves closer, we’re probably already in our jammies by then.

  • COLUMN: Nasty judge’s race finally comes to end

    Column as I see ’em …
    Between the flat-out lies that have been told and the cowards who have scurried around like disease-spreading rodents attempting to anonymously smear those they don’t like, this judge-executive election was among the nastiest I’ve ever seen.

  • 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.