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Today's Opinions

  • Beshear should stop playing politics with our troops

    The Lexington Herald-Leader and WHAS 11 recently reported about the Beshear Administration's firing of Eric Landis, an Air National Guardsman who had served as a staffer to Gov. Ernie Fletcher. Beshear fired Airman Landis less than a month after he returned from active duty in violation of state and federal law.

    At first, I was reluctant to speak out on behalf of Landis, who is a registered Republican, because I did not want to politicize this issue. I actually felt it was worth giving the Beshear Administration the opportunity to do the right thing.

  • People are willing, and like, to take chances

    Heading toward its 20th year, the Kentucky Lottery has certainly made its presence known in Taylor County. Last year alone, Taylor Countians bought $3.6 million in lottery tickets. That's an amazing amount of money.

    But at the same time, Taylor County has reaped benefits as well. Payback in prizes totaled $2.2 million, while $1.8 million was paid in college scholarships.

    At least we got back more than what we paid out.

    A story on today's front page details all the aspects of the Kentucky Lottery.

  • Soldiers not being treated properly

    Here I am having to put in my two cents' worth about another issue of our country. This time, I'm talking about how too many soldiers, one is too many, who upon returning home from war with certain problems, are being told a bunch of lies about those problems so somebody else can save a buck elsewhere.

    There's more evidence that this great nation of ours is heading for a downfall of which the likes we have never seen before. It's not enough our working class people are being done wrong, now those in charge of this land won't even take care of those who fight for us.

  • The $1.50 ice cream cone

    I was reading in a paper the other day about the first opening of a Louisville area Bruster's Real Ice Cream Store. It said the shop would sell close to 200 ice cream flavors, with up to 24 of them offered daily. Each made fresh at the shop. Flavors include cherry cheesecake, chocolate raspberry truffle and caramel ice cream.

  • J.B. gives us all something to cheer about

    The collective whoops of approval in living rooms around Taylor County must have surely raised the community decibel level on Super Bowl Sunday.

    But it wasn't a football game we were juiced about.

    J.B. Holmes won his second FBR Open in Scottsdale, Ariz. about 20 minutes before the Giants-New England kickoff in Phoenix. That's when his 7-foot-long putt found the bottom of the cup and a gut-wrenching playoff victory over tour veteran Phil Mickelson.

    Way to go, J.B.!

  • Bullying bill has a lot of holes in it

    A 13-year-old gets fouled on the basketball court by another student. In turn, later that evening, he sends a Myspace message to that student, saying, "You'd better watch out. I'll get you next time."

    Is that 13-year-old being a bully?

    One person might say yes, another might disagree. But who's right? And what, if anything, should be done about it?

  • National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: Ending cervical cancer in our lifetime

    In Kentucky and throughout the nation, cervical cancer is a disease that occurs with alarming frequency, harming tens of thousands of women each year. According to the American Cancer Society, about 3,700 women will die nationwide this year from cervical cancer, with more than 11,150 new cases diagnosed.

  • Kentucky students need, deserve KEES funding

    It is beyond me why our new governor is proposing to cut funding for the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship by 15 percent as a part of his new budget.

    I understand that our state is in debt when it comes to the current budget situation, but can't he find money elsewhere? Why does he have the right to take our KEES money away?

    Students all across the state are striving for academic excellence, and I as one of them expect the reward I have been promised.