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Today's Opinions

  • Why no alcohol sales on Sundays?

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
    - The First Amendment,
    Constitution of the United States of America

  • System failing murder victim

    Brianna Brucker is charged with murdering her 3-month-old son, Charles Brett Hayden Jr. So why would she be released with out posting any bond?

    Brucker, 20, and her husband, Dale Brucker, 26, the boy’s stepfather, have been charged with her son’s death. Brianna Brucker was held in jail on a $100,000 cash bond, which was reduced last week to $50,000, unsecured.

    Dale Brucker has requested that his $125,000 bond be reduced, but that request has been denied.

  • More Kentuckians now have health insurance

    Kentucky got some exciting news this week.

    Already a national leader in establishing its own health exchange under the Affordable Care Act, it now is one of the top states in the nation when it comes to cutting the number of its residents with no health insurance.

    Kentucky ranked second, just behind Arkansas, in showing the sharpest reductions in people without health coverage under the law also known as Obamacare, according to a survey by Gallup, the national polling firm.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Emotions from 9/11 emerge years later

    President George W. Bush considered it the Pearl Harbor of the 21st century.

    Ask someone where they were during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and they can tell you without having to stop and think about it.

    From the first words they heard about the attacks to who they held hands with during a moment of silence, most Americans can remember every vivid detail from that awful day. My story is a bit different - in fact at times I have felt uncomfortable sharing it.