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Today's Opinions

  • Don't underestimate those nuns

    A very telling scene occurs in the movie "Promised Land," the film about two corporate salespeople, Steve Butler (Matt Damon) and Sue Thomason (Frances McDermond), who visit a rural town in an attempt to buy drilling rights from the local residents. They represent an energy company specializing in obtaining natural gas through a process known as fracking, which critics claim involves a variety of environmental hazards.

  • Gregory thinks new state legislative districts will pass

     

    The Kentucky General Assembly met during the past week in special session to address the difficult issue of redistricting. The process of redistricting takes place every decade following the census to realign legislative districts based on population changes. This requirement is to ensure that each district contains a similar number of people and preserve the principle of "one person, one vote."

    Without redistricting, some legislators would be representing far more people than others, and the impact of individual voters would be diluted. 

  • The nine-dollar prayer

    I don't believe God ever created anything evil. I think he created man with an intellect to live as independently and as self-sufficiently as possible. In our haste and greed, I think we began to short circuit God's creations, and thus bad things evolved.

    My experience with cancer began with a simple blood test in Lexington this past December. I was diagnosed with anemia, or more simply, low blood. I was given a handful of iron pills and told to come back in three months.

  • 'Drive sober or get pulled over' in Taylor County

    We all feel sorrow when someone is killed due to impaired driving. Unfortunately, this senseless loss of human life is a daily reality all over the nation - year after year.

    In 2011 alone, the latest year for which we have national data, more than 9,800 people died in crashes that involved a driver or motorcycle rider who had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher - the legal limit in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

  • Election talk already circulating

     

    There won't be one this year, and the next one is still a ways away, but I am already hearing some buzz around town about next year's elections.

    "Who do you think will run for this office?" has been asked, and "Do you think he will run again?" has also been a popular question.

    Elections bring a lot of excitement and apprehension — excitement for those hoping for change and apprehension for those in office who worry they won't win their seat again.

  • Repairs for aging roads a concern for legislators

    As we look for ways to increase Kentucky's competitiveness, we are also looking for ways to reduce excessive spending and keep taxpayers from being unduly burdened. 

    Last Thursday, the Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation heard how other states are using Public Private Partnerships as a cost-effective strategy to repair aging infrastructure.

    According to a policy expert with the National Conference of State Legislatures, 33 states and Puerto Rico have laws enabling PPPs for highways and bridges.

  • What I learned from my father-in-law

    They let her know he wasn't her "real" dad when she was a little girl.

    It stung, at least for a while. "I always thought I was my daddy's 'real' little girl. I guess I was afraid that might change."

    But it didn't. Not even for a moment.

    This dad - legally her stepdad until he adopted her - treated her as his own, no different than he did her two younger siblings, his biological children. Like a "real" dad, he made her take out the trash, set the table for dinner, clear it afterwards, clean her room.

  • Story of rescued dog touches reader's heart

    The hearts of all animal lovers must have been made warm by the story of Paulette! (Local dog gets new lease on life in Vermont, published in the CKNJ on July 18).

    Thank God there are still people like Sandra, Linda and Terri, as well as the pilots who have given this dog a life.

    In this day we read of killings and abuse of children and animals so often. It is so good to read of people searching out the homeless, helpless and unloved.

    Murial Green

    Campbellsville