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Today's Opinions

  • Merry Christmas!

    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

    (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

    And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

    And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

  • This may be the time to go honky punk

    When I was a kid, I found an old 78 record in our basement that featured Hank Williams singing "Cold, Cold Heart" on one side, and "Dear John" on the other. Those old 78s were nigh indestructible, as were the 45s that came later. I know this because "Dear John" is hanging on my family room wall, right beside my Dean Dillon "Slick Nickel" album and my James Dean poster.

    Anyway, I was listening to the radio the other day and heard an introduction for Hank Williams III.

  • Honesty is the best policy

    "The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in a good education."

    - Plutarch, Greek biographer and moralist.

    If Plutarch speaks the truth (and the honesty topic seems to be one of his skill sets) then Jimmy Bright must own a Ph.D from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

  • Budget woes

    During the first 10 days in office, I have discovered that Kentucky's financial house is in serious disarray. In fact, we have inherited a budget situation easily described as beyond serious.

    As reported this week, the Consensus Forecasting Group issued what I interpret as dire warnings about the state's grim revenue estimates.

    For example, their numbers indicate a $120 million shortage in collections during the remainder of this fiscal year. I'm speaking of money already obligated. Other formerly made commitments will add to the size of the current fiscal year shortfall.

  • Perry Thomas is a great hire

    It was with great joy that my family and I read of the news that Coach Perry Thomas is returning to Campbellsville as the new head football coach at Campbellsville University.

    Over 10 years ago, my son, John, played football under Coach Thomas. John tore his ACL badly at football camp the summer before his junior year. He was not able to play football that fall, but the lessons he learned from his extremely dedicated football coach, Coach Thomas, as he rehabilitated, have never been forgotten.

  • New equipment won't thwart sign thieves

    It's a shame it's even necessary, but a recent purchase by the County makes good financial sense.

    Taylor Fiscal Court recently bought a $7,435 machine that will let County employees make road signs themselves rather than having to order them to help cut the cost.

    Last year alone, the County spent $8,900 on signs. With the new machine, hopefully that cost will decrease to the cost of supplies.

  • Christmas wish list extended

    It's that time again. Yep, it's time for the annual Christmas List.

    For those who might be unfamiliar with the "list," each year at Christmas I publish a tongue-in-cheek - or maybe it's foot-in-mouth - wish list for various individuals and groups in the community.

    It's gotten to be such a regular thing that it almost wouldn't seem like Christmas without it. So, here goes ...

    Dear Santa,

    Hope you're well this year and aren't too tired by the time you reach Taylor County on Christmas Eve. There are a few things I'd like to ask you to bring some of the people here.

  • School days

    After serving Thanksgiving leftovers for the third time, the remainder, which was a lot of good food, went down the garbage disposal. When we do that, I always think about the hungry and needy in the world who would be delighted to have that.

    I'm reminded of another time when I was in school of a caring and sweet lady who was in charge of the school lunchroom. At least three times a week, she would cook up a batch of homemade rolls.