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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor - 03.04

    Missed opportunity to teach a lesson

    To the editor,

  • Math is something to celebrate

    I’m a math nerd. I can’t help it — I absolutely love numbers.

    In fact, to this day, my high school calculus teacher has a hard time believing I ended up in a career working with words (of all things). I sometimes find it hard to believe myself.

  • Column: Is Obama the devil? Carlson answers reader’s question

    Remember Jeff Johns’ letter to the editor in last week’s paper? The one in which he challenged me to weigh in on the opinion of some of his relatives that President Obama is actually the devil incarnate?

    To that challenge I harken back to a comment then-candidate Obama gave when a preacher of national renown asked him about his position on abortion. Like Obama said, that is “above my pay grade.”

  • Education, with a twist

    Gov. Beshear’s visit last week to discuss early childhood education sparked an interesting conversation here in our office.

    Granted, no one on either side of this issue pretends to know a fraction of what it really takes to publicly educate a child, and we’re sure this concept certainly would not pass muster with state and federal education czars so deeply invested in the current system.

    Instead, the following is more of a “throw it on the wall, see what sticks” sort of scenario, but one that drew raves from some, raspberries from others.

  • Letters to the Editor 02.25

    Hey, Carlson, is Obama the devil or not?

    To the editor:

    Mr. Carlson;

    You have supplied everyone with some needed comments and views about local issues. But you haven’t expressed your opinion openly about our current president on the first page of the editorial section, sir.

    [Some of my relatives] have expressed their view, in private, that Barack Obama is the devil incarnate. Mr. Carlson, could you please disabuse them of this quaint notion about our president — about this very bright and well-meaning man?

    Jeff Johns

  • Column: TV shows a wake-up call for my old Kentucky home

    A lot has been said about Eastern Kentucky over the past month or so, and I’ve taken notice. How could I not?

    Eastern Kentucky is home to me. More specifically, the mountains of Pineville are home to me.

    Pineville has been in the news on several occasions at the state level, but most of the national focus has been on Harlan and Hazard and other towns in between. In a sense, that’s still home to me. My daddy still drives to Harlan every day for work, and I’ve played many a softball game in Hazard.

  • Column: Planning is key to planting successful garden this spring

    I love sunsets. Watching our sun spin out of our sight is a beautiful thing.

    We don’t think about our earth spinning around at over 18 mph while it travels at over 1,000 mph around its axis, but we are doing just that. Amazing, isn’t it? Going that fast without even realizing it should remind us that time is passing quickly and planting time will be upon us before we know it.

    Time to plan.

  • Be prepared for a visit from Pep Le Pew

    I know Valentine’s Day is over but love is in the air. You can literally smell it, although, the aroma is not very pleasant.

    Pepe’ Le Pew is looking for love now, and that means we need to be alert.

    Here on the farm we have to be very alert. Since we currently have eight dogs that roam the hill, we have eight times the chances of getting up close and personal with the all too recognizable skunk.

    This very evening, as I typed, we had a too close encounter. Luckily, I got all eight inside in time.