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Today's Opinions

  • Experience love of a Christmas child

    During a chapel service before meals at the Salvation Army on Brook Street in Louisville, the topic of my sermon was Solomon’s division of the child when the true mother gave up her claim to the child and the false mother was revealed.

    A woman confronted me with a question that rattled me. She asked, “Will you take my child to live with you and your wife? You being a preacher here at the shelter, I trust you.” She explained that she had broken some rules and was asked to leave the shelter.

  • When we help others, we also help ourselves

    The good news is that we’re not dashing through the snow. However, it’s a pretty sure bet that we are through the stores.

    Dang, it gets busy this time of year. There are parties and presents and punch, cookies and candles and cake. Between all the running and wrapping, please, please, please make time for a little resting. There are bugs among us.

  • From newlyweds to future oldlyweds

    Sunday marks my one-year wedding anniversary. OK, granted in the grand scheme of things a paper-wedding anniversary isn’t as flashy as a gold, silver or diamond anniversary.

    You won’t see one-year anniversary announcements in the local paper. Nor will you see awe-stricken people eagerly approaching a couple that has been married a year to ask their secret.

  • OK, but why aren’t the scales being used?

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …

    Magistrate David Ruggles in his letter to the editor this week apparently thinks that I disagree with the fiscal court’s decision to install scales and begin charging for people to get rid of junk and yard debris.

    My beef is not with the scales; in fact, I fully support and applaud the decision to purchase them. It’s instead with the fact that the scales, as of Monday, are not being used despite being in place since earlier this year.

  • Prefers ‘column as facts dictate’

    To the editor:

    Ben Carlson’s comments in the Nov. 26 edition of the paper on the fiscal court’s decision to install scales need some clarification.

    First, the junk/trash referred to currently goes into a compactor free of charge. The fiscal court (your taxpayer money) then pays, very expensively, I might add) to haul that compactor to the Benson Valley Landfill.

  • She keeps bad boys jailed, state lets ’em go

    Column as I see ’em …

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    When the keyboard is ripped away from my mouthy fingers and I’m sent home for good, I now know how I intend to spend at least a portion of my so-called golden years.

  • Water main breaks raise infrastructure questions

    Water main breaks. They’re becoming an all too common in the city. There was another one in the Alton area off Highway 151 on Sunday. Since October, we’ve had at least one water main break every month.

    Judging from exasperated Facebook posts, I know the public is tiring of hearing about water main breaks as well.

  • Learn to understand power of plants

    Happy December. What a wacky last day of November we had. It got up to 69 degrees here on the farm. If only we could keep of few of those days on tap. I’d like to just sprinkle them in when we needed it. Let’s hope Mother Nature is kind to us this winter.