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Today's Opinions

  • Trail Town Triathlon is a success

    Campbellsville/Taylor County Trail Town Connexions Triathlon on Aug. 24 was a lot of fun and a great success.

    It began with a paddling stage - a three-mile loop on Green River Lake in kayaks and canoes - followed by a biking stage - a 20-mile loop around the lake area - then a running stage of five kilometers inside the state park. The weather was wonderful and the participant turnout was terrific.

  • Reader opposes nickel tax

    Well, the nickel tax is back on the table again for discussion, this time with different tactics.

    We have gone from leaky roofs to mold, to now sick children and overcrowding. I do not know what excuse will be next.

    As far as overcrowding goes, there are no more students there now than there has been in the past several years. There have been 1,300-plus children there for many years. We were overcrowded when they closed the building that was originally bought and designed for preschool. That building was eventually given to the maintenance department.

  • Grandparents Day is Sunday

    Grandparents Day is Sunday. Although it has been an annual tradition since 1979, Grandparents Day is not a day I had ever given much thought to.

    Two of my grandparents live in other states, so I only get to see them about once a year, and two have passed on. It wasn't until last year, when my niece, Taylor, came into the world that I finally began to understand the importance of Grandparents Day.

  • Mom's lesson pays dividends

     

    I can look back over the years and recall lots of things my parents taught me, but one has always stood out above the others. My mom always said that when it comes to money, it's easier to talk for it than to work for it.

    I've put that message to work many times over the years, and I've even used it a few times recently. I'll tell you about two of my experiences in the past month, and they may help you save a little money, too.

  • 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.