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Today's Opinions

  • Laws against sagging pants

     

    I often read my Georgia hometown newspaper, The Moultrie Observer online, and keep up with folks I've known for years. I'm also interested in what actions governmental bodies act upon.

    Recently, the council had final reading on a measure updating an ordinance aimed at public indecency, most notably, at people who wear sagging pants, exposing their underwear, and backsides, to the world.

    The old ordinance states in its entirety: "It shall be unlawful for any person within this city to commit any act of public indecency."

  • Gorin thanks golf scramble supporters

    The Hiestand House-Taylor County Museum Board of Directors would like to thank Mike Kehoe, the Campbellsville Country Club and the teams of golfers for a successful golf scramble on June 14.

  • Legislators busy with interim session

    As you may know, the interim is in full swing with committees continuing to meet to study new issues and to review the progress of newly enacted laws.

    These committees are made up of both Senate and House members and are known as Interim Joint Committees. I chair the Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee and the Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation.

    I serve on nine other committees and task forces that tackle issues ranging from energy to education to health and welfare to economic development and tourism, among others.

  • Don't ignore all costs of smoking for Kentuckians

    Dr. Stephanie Mayfield, who is Kentucky's health commissioner, recently told a legislative committee that a typical smoker in the state spent $2,237 last year on cigarettes.

    Reporting to the Program Review and Investigations Committee in Frankfort, the commissioner also said 450 million packs of cigarettes were sold to about 962,000 Kentuckians age 18 and older, while children, who cannot legally buy cigarettes, are continuing to pick up the habit.

  • Enjoy a vacation making memories

    In a jet black Plymouth Fury, built before air conditioning or seat belts were standard equipment, the vacation of a lifetime began.

    The massive vehicle would accommodate four adults, three children and a baby on a trip to California to meet Mickey Mouse. At 8, I was the oldest of that pack of kids.

    Disneyland was a novel concept in America, a new idea that became known as a theme park.

    In our household, summer vacation was a novel concept. It came about thanks to the prosperity offered by my father's first factory job.

  • Honoring fallen public servants

    The tragic loss of Officer Jason Ellis recently has left our community, the Commonwealth and the nation grieving for this outstanding member of the Bardstown Police Department, who was passionate about his work and the people he protected.

    As a seven-year member of the police force, Officer Ellis was well known to all of us. He was a dedicated public servant, a devoted family man and a wonderful resident. Without a doubt, the passing of this fine, brave man is a profound loss for all of us.

  • Listening to Dad

    I still call my dad most every morning. While I'm driving to work, he's slowly but surely making his way to breakfast in the retirement facility where Dad and Mom now live.

    I sometimes have difficulty communicating on the phone with Dad since his hearing is not what it used to be. Dad just turned 89. So, I was encouraged when Dad told me he was getting new hearing aids. I thought that would make our conversations easier.

    "I just got my new hearing aids," he proudly announced one morning not long ago.

  • Doing your best during adversity

    Recently, I came home from work one day and felt a sharp pain in my stomach. It was a familiar pain, one that has occurred eight times over the past 17 years. Each time, I was hospitalized for a number of days until the blockage dissolved.

    But this time would be different and much more challenging. This time I needed surgery. The surgery went well, but the recovery time was lengthy and unexpected. Bad things happen at the most inconvenient times.