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Today's Opinions

  • Tough decisions lie ahead in state budget

    The Kentucky General Assembly completed day 12 of the 2016 Regular Session last Thursday. The decision was made to cancel the Friday session so members could return home before the inclement weather arrived.
    I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to all of our dedicated transportation workers and our first responders who worked so hard to keep all of us safe last weekend.

  • Turn snowstorm into a mini vacation

    OK, did everyone get their snow hit? If you’re still craving more, may I suggest a trip to Minnesota? I am Norwegian American, with roots in Minnesota. I know I can “weather the snow.”  I just don’t like to, unless I’m skiing.
    I could ski here on the farm, but there’s that long walk back up. Of course, I still have that long walk up after a big snow. My four-wheel drive truck can make it up or down, once. Then, I have a luge track and must wait for the thaw.

  • Hoping Auditor Harmon will untangle Beshear-Stumbo mess

    To the editor:
    Thankfully we already have our new state Auditor, Mike Harmon, making our unfunded pensions a top priority as we start to dig ourselves out of the mess left by Beshear and Stumbo.
    Of course, Stumbo will be around a little longer, until Kentucky closes the deal by electing a Republican majority, allowing us to enter the 21st century.

  • Note to fellow shoppers: Get out of my way!

    Is there anything worse than leaving the grocery store with a case of shopping rage?
    While I am thankful that the holiday rush is over for another 11 months, it still irritates me when fellow shoppers are just plain inconsiderate or when store management fails to enforce the law of shopperland.

  • Alton residents not taking no for answer

    Column as I see ’em …
    The political pundits and party bosses scratching their heads over insurgent presidential candidates like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders should have been at Alton Christian Church on Monday night.
    There they would have found the answers that have eluded them as to why such fringe characters  — described by their detractors as the boorish billionaire and nutty socialist — have skyrocketed in popularity.

  • Fruit and vegetable conference set for Jan. 4-5

    The 2016 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference will have something of interest for all fruit and vegetable producers.

    The event runs from 8 a.m. Jan. 4 until 5 p.m. Jan. 5 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel.

    Preconference activities on Jan. 3 will include tree fruit, small fruit, and vegetable roundtable discussions.

  • When grandchildren become caregivers

    My daughter helps my mother frequently.

    She enjoys taking her grocery shopping, to get her hair cut, and other errands. They’ve made cookies together this holiday season. My daughter isn’t considered a caregiver, just a loving granddaughter. She lives about 15 minutes from my mother and I live about 15 hours away.

  • Cases show tough talk on guns rings hollow

    Column as I see ’em …

    The above classic from the New York Sun that I print each year generally gives me a week off from writing a column, but I just couldn’t keep my mouth shut this week about a couple of things that are boiling my beans.

    As those who regularly spend time with me here each week already know, I’m a proponent of the Second Amendment and hate it when would-be gun grabbers talk about creating more laws, particularly when the ones already on the books are so pathetically enforced.