• The battle of the lawn

    It is the first of March and my grass is just sitting there looking benign. It looks so innocent, but already I can tell it's got something on its mind. It's going to start growing, that's what it's going to do.

  • The Caring Place needs your help

    At the start of this year, I decided that I needed to use my skills and experience to give back to the community and to Kentucky, because when I needed help for my problems (in the 1980s), I got it right here in Marion County.

  • It's lonely being the only

    Taylor County citizens should feel good about having a School Board member who votes his convictions.

    This will not always mean he is right all of the time ... or the others wrong. What is does prove is that someone is taking the time to listen, learn and investigate options.

    I have been there, done that, and it is pretty lonely being consistently the lone vote opposite the normal procedures.

    I commend David Hall for doing what he feels is right ... after all there are four more members who are allowed to do the same.

  • Support HR 1

    I am writing to urge you to oppose the Senate version of HR 1. This legislation includes $100 billion in spending cuts, including cuts to vital health and epilepsy programs.

    As someone who cares deeply about epilepsy, I am very concerned about the $1 billion cut to medical research at the National Institutes of Health. This will likely result in a $5 million cut in funding for epilepsy research.

  • Applauding David Hall

    I would like to applaud David Hall for his stand concerning the Feb. 8 Taylor County School Board meeting. He is a newly elected official, but it did not take him long to see what is going on there. I am sure he feels like the lone musketeer, but I would like for him to know that he is not alone. There are a lot of people in this county who are standing behind him.

  • Fed up with corruption

    What's happening currently in Taylor County is a microcosm, or a small-scale version, of what is happening in Kentucky, and even more so in our federal government. Like a spoiled child, our government officials spend and spend to get whatever they want, and they are not concerned with the debt that they will leave behind to our children and grandchildren or the effort it took to achieve the success that they are squandering.

  • Don't cut arts budget

    The U.S. House of Representatives is on track to cut $43 million from the National Endowment for the Arts' budget of $167.5 million. That's a 26 percent cut - the deepest in 16 years.

    Our Senators should prevent these deep cuts from happening when they take up this legislation at the end of this month.

  • Kentucky's success story

    As the Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, I serve as a member of the board of trustees of the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System. In both capacities, I am very interested in the dissonant nature of recent media reports about public sector pay and pensions.

  • Impressed with Upward Basketball

    This basketball season was my first to follow the Upward Basketball program. My granddaughters Sydney and Madison both participated as cheerleaders.

    This certainly is a good program for children. Campbellsville and Taylor County owe Campbellsville Baptist Church a debt of gratitude for hosting these games and opening their facilities to the community and county.

    Phil Allan Bertram


  • Iowa student asks for help

    Hello! My name is Bryce W. I am a fifth-grade student at Harlan Intermediate School in Harlan, Iowa.

    My class is studying the geography and history of the United States. I have a state with the nicest people. I would greatly appreciate it if you would send me a postcard, souvenir, state map or any other information about Kentucky.

    My teacher would like to have a car license plate for a school project, if possible. I really appreciate your time.

    Bryce W.

    Mrs. Newlin's Class