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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Seeing through another’s lens

    When our office was downtown, I walked up and down Main Street on an almost daily basis, but I’ve never walked on Main Street like I did last Friday.

    Friday I spent basically the whole day with one of my very best friends, April, and her husband, Mitch.

    April and I go way back — to at least fifth or sixth grade. We were besties throughout middle school and high school. I was in her wedding; she was in mine.

  • COLUMN: Gardening the old fashioned way produces results

    It’s hard to believe that August is almost here.

    School starts next week. Man, whatever happened to the good old days when you started school right after Labor Day and got out by Memorial Day?

    Seems like three months off, in a row, would save a lot of money for the district. I bet capital improvement projects would be a lot smoother. And, hey, let’s not forget the students’ education.

  • COLUMN: Patience a virtue when in comes to public facilities

    “I think it’s a great idea,” my friend Katie Hilbert said when asked about a skate park. “I think it’s a good idea because, if you skate, you’re not allowed to skate anywhere else.”

    The city finally got a grant for a skate park. Work should begin on it within the next two months.

    I was glad to hear that the city received the grant, which means the county and city are becoming better for the teens.

  • Letters to the editor - 7.29

    Carlson unfairly criticized over dentist’s two DUIs

    To the editor:

    My family and I have received on many occasions excellent care from Dr. Dahlen.

    My family and I, along with others, have watched with interest our local paper’s coverage of Dr. Dahlen’s problems with the law that endangered other citizens’ lives.

  • EDITORIAL: Time to cut KACo down to proper size

    Remember those old cries of “Break up Ma Bell!” back in the 1980s when the monopolistic telephone company practically ran the world?

    Although breaking up the Kentucky Association of Counties might seem a bit extreme, perhaps it’s time to trim a few of its overgrown branches.

    For those living under a rock over the past month, KACo has been under almost constant attack after the Herald-Leader exposed its lavish — and at times vulgar — spending practices.

  • COLUMN: Is it football season yet?

    Fall has always been one of my favorite seasons. There’s just something about the smell of dead leaves.

    Last year, for me though, fall brought with it a new list of reasons to fall in love.

    First downs. The wildcat formation. The red zone. Man-to-man coverage. Touchdowns!

    What can I say? The football bug got a hold of me and left a lasting bite with an itch that can’t wait to be scratched.

  • COLUMN: Sunlight, and how to keep yards mowed

    Column as I see ’em ...

    Had an interesting chat with the city attorney based on a note in last week’s column about the need for the city to crack down on mowing the yards of abandoned homes.

    He asked for what I would do about the problem, which I’ll gladly share here.

    First, I’d solicit bids from yard mowing services to cut the yards, eliminating the need to use city employees and freeing them to do more pressing work.

  • COLUMN: Rolling on rollover no more

    So, apparently I talk a lot.

    Those of you who have never met me may find that hard to believe, but those of you who know me know that once you get me started, I just keep going.

    Apparently last month I just kept going and going and going — at least on my cell phone.

    My parents still receive the paper copy of my cell phone bill, so imagine my surprise when my mother called last Thursday and told me my bill for that month was nearly $400.

    Yes, $400. It’s normally about $60.