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Today's Opinions

  • Illegal aliens add to gas crisis

    The question asked was "Should we as consumers decrease the demand for oil in order to bring the supply up and hopefully bring prices down?"

    I have a much better way to bring gas prices down. Deport the 30-plus million illegal aliens living here in America, bring our troops home and put them on the Mexican border and let them actually protect our borders.

    You get rid of 30 million people, that's 30 million people who aren't using gas or buying petroleum products. You would also cut down on other ailments that America suffers from.

  • Strong fundamentals in tough times

    On Sept. 6, 2008, John McCain said there were "tough times all over America." In recent days, he has repeatedly said, "The fundamentals of the economy are strong."

    Aren't massive job losses, soaring deficits, devaluation of the dollar, rising unemployment, bank failures and the mortgage meltdown basic "fundamentals" of the economy?

    Here's a question I would ask him: "Which is it, John? How do you have a fundamentally strong economy when the aforementioned economic indicators have all headed south?"

  • Holmes should be honored

    I think there should be a J.B. Holmes Day in Campbellsville. There should be a big parade.

    Campbellsville should recognize the great talent we have. This needs to be done soon. Mr. Holmes is recognized around the world. His hometown should do the same thing.

    LaVada McClain

    Campbellsville

  • Congressional action to curb oil speculation will hurt consumers

    Congress continues to wrangle on measures to curb the alleged influence of speculators on oil prices. Republicans want to insert provisions on offshore and ANWR drilling, while Democrats prefer to focus on enlarging the regulatory powers of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

    However the political maneuvering turns out, cracking down on investors will only harm consumers. There is no hard evidence that speculation is responsible for high oil prices, and the proposed legislation would hamstring the beneficial role that futures markets play in our economy.

  • We all need to take 'PRIDE'

    Fall is in the air. The evenings are getting chilly, children are planning their Halloween costumes and, before we know it, Christmas decorations will start appearing.

    But it's also a time for pride.

    October is "Roadside PRIDE Month" in southern and eastern Kentucky. Throughout October, residents will be picking up roadside litter and getting rid of items they no longer need.

    When children are told to clean up a mess, often their response is "... but I didn't do it." And, honestly, the rest of us often have a similar response.

  • Normal? What do you call normal?

    We all have it. Cluttering our spare rooms, basements, attics or garages. We accumulate it through the years, amassing massive collections as we make our way through life. Junk.

    My obsession began sometime during my high school years, when I started earning a dollar. I'd always been a film buff, and at some point I realized there was a whole world of movie memorabilia out there. And thus began my downward spiral into obsessive collecting of anything related to the films I loved.

  • God really does care

    Not to be preachy, but folks, God cares. That's all there is to it. Many wrong people get away with a lot against others, putting them in some pretty precarious hardships, but if those victims just turn their heads up and ask for help from God, it'll come over the time it is needed, sometimes in the most surprising ways.

    I have found that it is hard to find faith in the fact that God really cares about what goes on down here on earth, but once that faith finally shows itself in me, over time it can be just as hard if not harder to maintain it.

  • Gas price hike hurts us all

    It's more than "water cooler talk" or casual conversation these days.

    The price of gas is affecting our everyday lives.

    It's hard for most of us to drive past a gas station without at least a casual glance at the price sign. And oftentimes that glance is more than just casual.

    Last Friday, stories about increasing gas prices were buzzing about, with projections as high as $4.50 or $5 a gallon.

    One common thread in nearly all the stories: Why?