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Today's Opinions

  • From peaceful trail to time bomb

    To the editor:
    I am writing in regards to Highway 151, Graefenburg Road, here in Anderson County.
    My family and I have been traveling this road daily since 1983 and have watched it transform itself from a peaceful secondary rural road, into one of Kentucky’s most infamous highways of destruction.  
    The facts speak for themselves.
    Please allow me to share some historical facts concerning Highway 151 that many are not aware of.

  • Panthers not only losers during Super Bowl 50

    Super Bowl 50 went exactly as scripted. Peyton Manning went out with a championship and the rest of the game was pretty much underwhelming.
    The game got off with on a positive note. Lady Gaga — doing her best Effie Trinket from “The Hunger Games” impression — nailed the national anthem. I think it is fair to say the country was holding it’s collective breath to see what she would wear and how she would sound. But, she surely didn’t disappoint. No complaints here.

  • Declining enrollment culprit behind budget

    Column as I see ’em …
    Those who work and pay taxes (which is the new definition of blue collar) aren’t going to like this very much.
    Based on its draft budget, the school district could raise property tax rates a full 4 percent this year and still bring in less total dollars than it did the year before.
    A lot less.

  • Tipton doing his part, but solution not in sight

    Column as I see ’em …
    Mind if I do a little sniping from the cheap seats about the past week’s lamentations about the state budget?
    Didn’t think so.
    While it’s clearly more complicated (or perhaps convoluted) than I’m capable of understanding from the cheap seat behind my keyboard, I’m fairly sure I can provide at least one simple explanation that might provide insight into why the budget is so out of whack.

  • Raising kids nowadays difficult for kids of ‘80s

    Being a kid of the 1980s makes it a bit more difficult to raise children born post 9/11. There are so many differences in the world that have occurred since we were children.
    One of the biggest being that, in the 80s we didn’t have cell phones. You got a quarter to call your mom from a payphone (and yes, there were payphones everywhere) to pick you up from the mall or the arcade.

  • Governor’s budget contains ‘smoke and mirrors’

    Last Tuesday, Gov. Bevin proposed his 24-month spending strategy. On the surface, his budget looks reasonable and responsible. However, once we started digging deeper, we found cuts to education, human services, and other programs Kentuckians depend upon to have long-lasting ripple effects in our communities.

  • Pro-life legislation passes House

    This week in Frankfort proved to be not only fruitful, but historic for the Kentucky House of Representatives. For the first time in more than 12 years, debate and a floor vote was allowed on a pro-life piece of legislation. Senate Bill 4, commonly known as the informed consent bill, passed the House by a vote of 92-3.

  • Daughter’s homecoming to include grits

    My daughter has been in California for the last 18 months. She’s coming home in a few weeks and has already requested cheese grits for her first breakfast at home.
    Grits are certainly not as common in California. I might try the recipe below, which is a Kentucky favorite with country ham and grits. Add some broccoli to this recipe and it ups the nutritional value.
    Sounds weird, but I think it’s delicious and I’m not a fan of country ham.