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Today's Opinions

  • The wart called homelessness

    Clad in several layers of mismatched clothing and a hat hiding her face, the woman pushed a shopping cart along North Columbia Avenue. She collected items that might be of use at some point and asked people for money.

    Many people avoided her, and most did not make eye contact.

    She continued to push her cart along the street toward the large grouping of cardboard boxes, where various people were covering themselves with threadbare blankets and plastic to keep the rain out.

    They were homeless, and the boxes were their beds for the night.

  • Reading group meets Sunday

    It's official: We have a reading group!

    In February, I wrote a story and a column, asking readers what they thought about the possibility of beginning a community book group.

    Well, the response was much more than I expected. And I'll admit I'm thrilled.

    Our first get-together is planned for Sunday afternoon, April 27 at 2 p.m. at the Taylor County Extension Office. We will have refreshments and a conversation about the book "Marley & Me."

    We will also agree on the group's next book selection.

  • About fire substations

    I don't see how Tom Fisher got his figures. I am not educated, but I come up with a lot more [money to operate fire substations] than he does.

    Each substation has two persons per shift, three shifts per day, seven days a week. That is 168 hours per week per person (two persons) per substation. You pay for 336 hours per substation - $10 per hour - very, very conservative.

    Then you have Social Security, Worker's Comp, health insurance, etc.

  • Looking for everyday heroes

    I am gathering nominations for a follow-up to my "Kentucky's Everyday Heroes" book, released earlier this year.

    As in the first project, I'm looking for Kentuckians who "have successfully overcome extreme personal challenges and/or have given of themselves to others in an exemplary fashion - people who daily, and modestly, live their lives in what might be termed an heroic way."

    Considered will be living persons from all geographical regions of the state, and ones who may be known only to the people they have positively influenced in their own locales.

  • If you plan to have a say ... be there

    So, are you registered to vote? If not, you'd better be hustling down to the courthouse. You've got until 4:30 today to register or you won't be able to vote on May 20.

    And, believe us, there are plenty of reasons to vote.

    Whether it's the Presidential race you're interested in, the U.S. Representative or Senator's races, the State Representative's race, or the alcohol-by-the-drink issue, it's time to make your opinion known.

    The Democratic Presidential Primary is a hot-button topic no matter who you talk to. Even Republicans have an opinion on that race.

  • Just what is a delegate anyway?

    The race between Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to become the Presidential nominee of the Democratic Party may not be settled until the Democratic National Convention in August.

  • Every minute has a heart attack in it

    This world is full of bad things. Ongoing medical epidemics such as AIDS and cancer are growing at a rapid pace. Hope that a cure can be found is abundant but still absent, or not yet known. Networks, such as CNN and Fox News, bring us the late breaking stories and feed pessimists the ammunition they need to survive.

    From large to small, the world's problems affect us all, even in small town Kentucky where economic downturn leads us to cling to religion and guns.

  • Make sure prom memories are good ones

    Teen, prom is such an exciting time in your life. Whether this is your first prom or your last, it will surely be a memorable experience; one to cherish for years to come.

    Whether you are going with a date, a friend or alone, you will have many choices to make about the evening's events. Who you will ride with, who will drive, where to eat, what to wear, etc...

    You will also have an even larger choice to make. Will you go to a party or to the breakfast? Will you drink? Are the people going with you going to do the same?