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Today's Opinions

  • Booster clubs make all the difference

    Due to federal and state budget cuts, school boards are being forced to make tough decisions about which extracurricular activities will receive the greater portion of even smaller slices of the budgetary pie.

    And it's unfortunate for school leaders to be put in the position of forcing the programs to seek alternate forms of funding.

  • New state laws coming our way

    There are several new state laws set to go into effect next week.

    As usual, the Legislative Research Commission sends out a press release that provides a short synopsis of some of the more pertinent laws passed during the most recent General Assembly.

    And also as usual, there are several that are long overdue.

    Here are a few of the ones that caught my attention. All go into effect on July 15.

    - Amusement park safety. SB 203 will require more frequent inspections of amusement park rides and prevent anyone younger than 18 from operating the rides.

  • Health board actions not proper

    While Taylor Countians enjoyed the pretty weather and maybe a nice summer barbecue on the evening of June 24, they had no idea their rights to good government (and public health) were being compromised in Russell Springs when the Lake Cumberland District Board of Health had its summer meeting.

  • We'll take all the new businesses we can get

    Most of us could all agree that economic development is important to our community.

    Since Fruit of the Loom and Batesville Casket Co. abandoned our town a decade ago, we were left with picking up the pieces of what was left.

    But we picked up those pieces and have actually been able to diversify our local businesses, with the addition of Amazon.com and others.

  • R U serious?

    I never knew "texting" was a hobby.

    Apparently it's a pretty popular one, according to the contestants vying for this year's Miss Pre-Teen Taylor County Fair title.

    Nearly half of those contestants listed sending text messages as one of their hobbies, along with swimming, spending time with friends and family and going shopping.

    I also enjoy spending time with friends and family and will never pass up a trip to any mall ... but texting? As a hobby?

  • We learned from the very best

    "An all-around newspaper man should be able to write a poem, weigh corn, discuss the tariff, umpire a ballgame, preach the Gospel, beat a lawyer, report a wedding, saw wood, describe a fire, make a dollar do the work of ten, shine at a soiree, address a horticultural society, measure calico, abuse the liquor habit, test whiskey, subscribe to charity, go without meals, attack free silver, defend bimetallism, sneer at snobbery, wear diamonds, invent advertisements, overlook scandal, praise prize babies, delight pumpkin raisers, administer to the afflicted, heal the disgruntled, fight to t

  • Politician or preacher?

    I have never stood up in front of a church and delivered a sermon. Nor have I sweat under a tent preaching a revival. And assuredly I can say I have never given a homily. That does not stop any of my children from asking me to stop preaching at them on a regular basis.

    I have also never run for office. Not in a public forum, or even when I attended school. That has not stopped me from trying to swing the popular vote in my direction in my own household.

    Isn't every politician a preacher? Isn't every preacher a politician?

  • Why have speed limits if they're not enforced?

    I was wondering why we have speed limits on county roads that are not enforceable? People speed up and down Tabernacle Road and other county roads and nothing can be done.

    Families with children live on these roads. A family pet was hit on Tabernacle Road not more than 4 feet from its owner while they were crossing the road, because the driver was going too fast to slow down. Law enforcement was called and we were told that though there are now county road speed limits they are not enforceable.