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Today's Opinions

  • Nothing to fear from the helpful, economical pressure cooker

    At the end of a busy day, most of us would love to quickly prepare a tasty, nutritious, home-cooked meal with minimal effort and low cost. One way to accomplish this is to use a pressure cooker. Some of you may have received a new electric pressure cooker as a gift.

  • Answers to questions about vehicle registration, taxes

    Early each year our office receives questions regarding vehicle license and taxes. I hope that the answers provided below will help.
    Why haven’t we mailed your vehicle tax bills?
    First, the cards are not bills, they are just courtesy notices and second, they are mailed by the Department of Revenue.

  • You are what you eat, so learn to eat well

    We’ve all heard the saying “You can’t have one without the other.” It works with everything, you know. All things work in combination. It’s called the Web of Life. Every living thing on this earth is connected through combinations.

  • State employees need pay increase

    Editor’s note: The following letter was written to Gov. Steve Beshear and others, and is reprinted here at the request of the authors.

    To the editor:
    While we are fully aware of our budget imbalance even with some current income exceeding forecasts, including current expenditures that are creating a shortfall in our current biennial budget, we must remind each of you of the plight of our state employees.
    We must remind each of you there has been no state employee salary increases since 2009.

  • Obamacare a ‘clear and present danger’

    To the editor:
    Why does the Affordable Care Act have a dishonest name? Simple. It was conceived arrogantly, promoted dishonestly and passed illegally.
    “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.” (Matthew 7:18)
    In order to pass the Affordable Care Act, politicians used the Debt Reduction Reconciliation Act of 2000 to get around the 60 votes required to override a filibuster (they had 59). Were they right? Of course not, they violated the law.

  • Carlson using ‘straw man’ argument

    Editor’s note: The following is in response to a column written last week by Editor Ben Carlson about the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline.

    To the editor:
    Ben, Ben, you’ve done it again. It appears to me that in your [discussion] of a BG pipeline that you have used a common debate technique — the old straw man.
    The conflating of the two issues (leaky pipe vs. dead soldiers), while on the surface seems sensible and is emotional, are not related in a clear and linear manner.

  • Diversions provide excuses for another late state budget

    Any takers on a bet that state lawmakers again this year won’t be able to agree to a budget within their allotted 60 days?
    Didn’t think so, not with the mish-mash of problems that are sure to divide and ultimately conquer legislators more worried about the coming election than actually fixing Kentucky’s budget woes.
    As if taking a cue from their compatriots in Washington, DC, look for legislators on both sides of the aisle to seek victory through vitriol in a game of mutually assured destruction for everyone but themselves.

  • Avoid winter’s chill with seedlings

    Brrrr! A good time to remember that spring is only 70 days away. Think of it as only 10 Wednesdays! It seems shorter that way. In the meantime, think warm! Watch some summer fun DVDs and steer clear of winter ones, like “Fargo.”
    Though I come from some hearty German and Norwegian stock, I love my wood stove! There is no warmer heat, in my humble opinion. Well, OK, corn or pellet stoves put out more BTUs. As an added bonus, the warm wood stove keeps the cat off my lap.