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Today's Opinions

  • Happy birthday every four years?

    A riddle for you —
    If there’s no Leap Day this year, do you still celebrate your birthday?
    According to reader Peggy Ratliff, her sisters did.
    Peggy emailed and called last week in response to a column I wrote a few weeks ago, asking if readers knew anyone with a Leap Day birthday.
    Peggy did. She knew three.
    Anita Hawkins Landry was born Feb. 29, 1952.
    Two Leap Days and eight years later, Bette Hawkins Inman was born on Feb. 29, 1960.

  • What’s on my mind: kids and first jobs

    Teenage years are an interesting time of transition between childhood and adulthood.
    As teens we begin to develop skills, set some goals, must have a wireless data plan, and of course, most want their own automobile. Seems these “necessities” of today are much more costly that those of the yesteryear.

  • Got cabin fever waiting for spring? Try container gardening

    Well, my hibernation time is almost at an end. I’ve rested up, stayed in shape and kept my mind busy with puzzles, books and CDs. I’ve successfully ignored those things I didn’t want to do, like wash the walls and dust the Hoosier cabinet down. I have a list of garden chores just ready and waiting for the right time. Now what?

  • Arming teachers no solution to violence

    We all want to help protect our children, to keep their names and class photos from being splashed onto the evening news as a newscaster smoothes his voice into a sympathic purr, the one he uses for tragedies.
    Constable Joe Kalil — parent, airline pilot and firearm instructor from Boone County — is trying to prevent school shooting tragedies like Newtown from happening ever again with a volunteer program to allow Kentucky teachers to carry firearms.

  • A more involved father results in a healthier child

    Fathers play an important role in their children’s lives. Fathers are not disposable. I was very fortunate to grow up in a home where I was always around my parents. We had a child-friendly family business. I was always with my parents until they sold the business when I was 10 years old.
    Think about the many things you learned from your father. I learned how to drive, use a few tools, solve math problems, read and make friends. There were many other things that I learned from my father but this is enough to list here.

  • Air Force cadet says Memorial Day true priority, despite board vote

    To the editor:
    Although I no longer reside in Lawrenceburg, I still maintain a strong connection with the events that transpire within the town where I was born and raised. Lawrenceburg is where I got my start, where my family still lives and it’s safe to say that I wouldn’t be the man I am today without the support of that beautiful piece of small town USA just off the Bypass.

  • Two weeks plenty for absence option

    As red roses and helium balloons rotated in and out of the middle school doors last Friday morning, I found myself in a vicious conversation cycle.
    Again.
    I fought so hard not to talk about the snow, the ice, the salt, the weather: conversation starters so common as to bore everyone to tears by now. (Sorry, board members, teachers and other Anderson County district staff. I’ll try to be a better conversationalist in the future.)

  • A little nitrate goes long way for fruit trees

    I love it when the temperature is a little closer to my age now than when I was born. Wowzer. What a winter we have had so far. I went 10 days without driving up the drive. It sure got me in shape.
    You can be sure that I’m going to take advantage of this warm spell to restock and reload. Carrying a 40-pound bag of dog food or 3-gallon box of water, up a 60 percent grade, on slippery snow and ice, is not my idea of a good time.