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Today's Opinions

  • It's time for a good spring cleaning

    Spring is in the air. March lilies are beginning to appear, birds are chirping and children are playing outside. Spring is a time for fresh beginnings.

    It's also a time that many of us to do a thorough spring cleaning of our homes. And we should do that for our community as well.

    This week is Commonwealth Cleanup Week, an annual weeklong event geared toward cleaning up Kentucky's communities. All across the state, groups are cleaning up roadsides and parks in their communities.

    But here in Taylor County, it seems we're off to a slow start.

  • Hair today, gone tomorrow

    Katie Irwin was just another name on a list - a rather long list - of people willing to have their heads shaved to help kids fight cancer.

    I didn't know Irwin before March 15th and still don't, really. But I feel close to her - a member of the hairless brother/sisterhood, if you will.

    Irwin is the Campbellsville University junior who baby-sits Max and Heather Wise's children - Grayson, Jackson and Carter. The latter is the 10-month-old in the midst of a battery of cancer treatments for something called Stage IV neuroblastoma.

  • Disenfranchised

    I have just returned from the Madison County Kentucky Courthouse disappointed and disenfranchised. For the first time in my life, Kentucky's vote will actually matter in a Presidential Primary, but I will not be allowed to participate.

  • The IRS needs your help

    Starting in May, economic stimulus payments of up to $600 for individuals ($1,200 for married couples) will be issued by the IRS based on 2007 tax returns. Parents also get $300 for each eligible child.

    People must file a 2007 tax return. That's it. But here's where the IRS needs help.

    Millions of people are eligible but may not know it. These are certain retirees, disabled vets and low-wage workers who normally don't file a tax return. This year, they must file to receive the payments.

  • Global Youth Service Day

    Hundreds of young people from your community will join thousands of youth across the commonwealth to serve their communities as part of Global Youth Service Day, April 25-27.

    Global Youth Service Day is an annual event organized by Youth Service America. It is the largest service event in the world, mobilizing young people to identify and address community needs through service and civic engagement. The event also educates the public about the role of youth as leaders and resources in their communities.

  • New farm bill would stimulate economy

    While Congress and President Bush recently completed work on an economic stimulus package for America, farm interests have been pushing for another type of economic boost known as "the farm bill."

    Sometimes mischaracterized as a subsidy program for large-scale corporate farms, the nation's farm policy actually goes a long way toward providing a sense of economic stability in rural communities. And it does so with a broad reach.

  • Open government is good government

    The early leaders of our country held widely divergent views on many topics, but their writings reflect a common appreciation of the importance of the right to know. These leaders recognized that in order for the new democracy to survive, public access was essential. As James Madison wrote: "[A] people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."

  • Wherefore art thou?

    I'll admit, it was a little odd to be talking Shakespeare with a class of third-graders. Especially since they knew more than I did.

    I was a guest Monday of Becky Grant's third-grade class at Taylor County Elementary School. I was there to talk with the students about their performance the day before of Shakespeare's infamous tragedy, "Romeo and Juliet." And what a performance it was.