Today's Opinions

  • Government should stay out of tobacco work age issue

    Since the beginning of recorded and unrecorded history - before the days of Rights to Life or Pro-Choice, Papal declarations, even contraceptives - human beings have been reproducing. It's just in our hard wiring and the only way any and all of us are here today.

    In addition to the joy of embracing little bundles of joy, one pragmatic benefit for our forefathers and foremothers was, in effect, "creating" their own work force which was essential to farm life since there wasn't another pool from which help could be hired such as we have today.

  • Learning to appreciate all seasons

    While it's a little hard to believe judging by the weather we're having, fall arrived more than a week ago. We celebrated my niece Audrey's first birthday with a watermelon picnic-themed party on Saturday, so I'm thankful for the summer-like temperatures.

    But at the same time, I've been so excited for fall this year that I started decorating for it about three weeks in advance. I've already managed to accumulate several pumpkins and gourds that are prominently displayed outside and inside my home.

  • Saying goodbye to a hero

    Even after he took his last breath, Tony Grider was never alone.

    Firefighters stood by Grider's side until he was put to rest yesterday afternoon, and they did so every minute after he was injured on Aug. 21.

    Saying goodbye to someone is never easy, and we know the past two days have been especially hard for Grider's family and all the brothers and sisters he served with at fire and EMS.

  • Election time is near


    In just a few weeks, Taylor Countians will be asked to choose who will be their governmental leaders for the next several years.

    This year's general election ballot is crammed full. Residents will chose their mayor, judge/executive, jailer, sheriff, magistrates, city council, coroner and the list goes on.

    In the largest race, 21 people want to serve on the city council. That's the most people to file for the 12 seats in a long time.

  • Uniting to help the environment

    What with all the bad news these days - from the Middle East (ISIS) to the NFL (spousal abuse) - it's nice to hear some good news. This one comes from Mother Nature herself in cooperation with some people intent on helping her.

    It seems the ozone layer is getting better.

  • NFL has serious issues off the field

    There are more than a few NFL fans among us here in Taylor County. Many gather around the TV on Sundays, as well as Thursdays and Mondays, to watch professional football. But with the recent behavior of some NFL players, the viewing habits of some people could change, and you couldn't blame them.

  • Voters lose when candidates feud

    A campaign bus that doesn't have the proper permits to carry passengers. A campaign manager who resigned because of rumors he might be connected to an improper donation in Iowa last year.

    These are the topics it seems the campaigns for both sides of the U.S. Senate seat in Kentucky want to talk about.

    Of course, the candidates don't want to talk about their own campaign problems. They want to talk about their opponent's.

  • Controlling our rage

    The driver cut in front of me, honking his horn while sticking his middle finger out his car window, pointing it in my direction. 

    "What's he so mad about?" I remember asking myself.

    I had apparently failed to move fast enough when the light for the right-turn lane signaled green.

    That wasn't the first time someone had so visibly disapproved of my driving. I admit I'm not NASCAR driving material. I once had a friend tell me that driving with me was like being a passenger with Mr. Magoo at the wheel.