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Today's Opinions

  • Clarity needed on firefighter issue

    To the editor:
    Editor’s note: The following was written to Daniel Werfel, acting director of the Internal Revenue Service, and printed here with the author’s permission.
    Dear Acting Commissioner Werfel,
    I am writing you because of concerns I am hearing from my constituents in the Sixth District of Kentucky regarding the treatment of volunteer fire departments under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), specifically with respect to the Employer Shared Responsibility Provision.

  • EMS team was ‘guardian angels’

    To the editor:
    Anderson County has one of the best EMS teams in the country and I personally want to thank them from the bottom of my heart.
    On Thanksgiving Day, my family and I had a great meal and a wonderful family gathering.
    After all of my babies and grand babies had all left, I had to go off and do something.
    To mess up the rest of my day, I had a very serious heart attack and I actually thought, “Well, this is all she wrote.” I felt like I was dying and later found out that I really was.

  • Check out these Bondville Road lights

    Raise your hand if you traveled all the way to Alabama to buy special Christmas lights for your outdoor holiday display this year.
    Robert James did.
    But James, who lives on Bondville Road, says he loves to “go all out” for Christmas.
    And he wants others to enjoy the free lights, er, fruits of his labor.
    “We’re just two kids at heart and we just like setting up for Christmas,” James said of himself and his neighbor, Gordon Brandenburg, in a phone interview a few weeks ago.

  • Small changes to make addictive holiday foods healthier

    Many people overindulge on holiday foods. A small change to your recipes could result in healthier foods. Consider the change to healthier oils as a “better than” change. The food is healthier than it would have otherwise been but it doesn’t mean that it’s your best choice.

  • Viewing life outside of Lawrenceburg

    We live in a town that is surrounded by rolling hills, filled with green pastures, and influenced by agriculture. Our bluegrass territory and wild horses define who we are to other people and make us proud to live here, though we often forget that beyond these rolling hills and green pastures and through the bluegrass that there are other places that are worth exploring.

  • Tips to enjoy Cyber Monday shopping

    Cyber shopping has a lot of appeal. You can avoid the traffic and early morning deals. You can shop in your pajamas and sleep in. Last year, consumers spend $2 billion online on Cyber Monday, which is the Monday after Thanksgiving.
    Financial experts estimate that online spending in the US will increase to $327 billion by 2016, compared to $226 billion in 2012. Consider these tips to get the best deals.

  • Stay home for Thanksgiving

    Stay home.
    Lock your doors. Put an iron chain across your threshold if you think you won’t be able to resist incredible Thanksgiving deals tomorrow.  
    Because there is absolutely no reason, none at all, to drag your family members out into the cold to save a few precious bucks.  
    I suppose I could use this column to vilify the retail giants and other businesses that decided to open early on Thanksgiving. I don’t think that’s necessary.

  • Gaines no victim of sinister court system

    To the editor:
    Your conclusion last week in your “Column as you see ’em” that David Gaines was “railroaded” into pleading guilty is somewhat of a stretch.
    You make it sound as though Mr. Gaines is the innocent victim of a sinister court system picking on the little guy. No. I don’t buy that one.
    Gaines’ troubles are the result of a series of his bad choices. He made a bad choice when he combined drinking alcohol with using firearms.