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Today's Opinions

  • Taking a 'do over' on resolutions

    How are those New Year's resolutions working for you? If you've already reneged on them, don't panic. You aren't alone.

    According to a survey reported in Forbes magazine, 36 percent have broken their resolutions after one month, 54 percent have failed after 6 months and only 8 percent actually reach their New Year's goals.

  • Farmer sentencing was the right call

    Former Secretary of Agriculture Richie Farmer betrayed the public's trust through his illegal actions while in office, and we feel he received the appropriate sentence.

  • School of a second chance

    British author and philosopher C.S. Lewis once observed, "Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive."

    I thought of Lewis' statement after the University of Louisville hired Bobby Petrino as its head football coach for the second time. Not being a Cardinal fan, forgiving the coach for his past mistakes was easy for me.

  • Church thanks supporters

    Merrimac Christian Church would like to thank everyone who donated to the church's air conditioner fund during a recent wagon ride on Milford Lowe's farm.

    Those who participated include the Minor family from Louisville and Florida, Sherman and Marilyn Dudley, Bobby Kirkland, Doug Martin, G.L. Wise, Mr. Feather, Jerry Cox, Tom Tucker, Paul Patton, Ernesteen Beatley, Eddie Rogers, Paul Shively, Edwin Stamp, Alton Gunter and special thanks to Debbie McNear for counting the money.

    Milford Lowe

    Merrimac

  • A horse is a horse, of course

    They say those big nostrils can sense the fear in you. Given my fluttery disposition and general wariness of any animal that I have to look up to, I've always kept my distance from horses.

    But take a drive around Taylor County and you are sure to see several breeds and colors of horses living here. Local horse enthusiasts take great pride in their horses' training, bloodlines that go back several decades or more and even the distinctive coloring that sets each one apart.   

  • Reader says magistrates should be ashamed

    Shame on magistrates Tommy Corbin and Matt Pendleton for not supporting coroner Terry Dabney's request for a third paid deputy coroner.

    My husband, the late James C. "Jack" Bryant, was a deputy coroner. I remember many times the telephone ringing in the middle of the night and the deputy coroner was needed.

  • Be careful raising minimum wage

    Everybody wants to make more money, and people making minimum wage are certainly at the top of that list.

    Some Democrats in the Kentucky legislature are also looking to help those in the Bluegrass state making minimum wage receive a pay raise, and they hope to see it climb from the current rate of $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour over a three-year period.

    It's easy to say that the minimum wage should go up (it hasn't increased since 2009), but it's another thing to look at what it will do to those who make more than minimum wage.

  • Eminent domain should not apply with pipeline

    Oklahoma-based Williams Co. and Texas-based Boardwalk Pipeline Partners want to build a pipeline to pump natural gas liquids across the commonwealth. The partnership expects it will not be able to negotiate sales with 2 percent of landowners along the route.

    Although the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline's exact path is unknown, it will enter Kentucky in Bracken County and run through many central Kentucky counties to link up with an existing pipeline in Breckinridge County.