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Today's Opinions

  • End of writers' strike is welcome relief

    For the last three months, I've tried to balance feelings of relief and frustration over the Hollywood writers' strike.

  • Checkups: For peace of mind

    Do you know the importance of getting your child a yearly checkup? Knowing if your child is healthy by getting his or her annual check-up can give parents peace of mind.

    Annual check-ups can alert parents of existing or potential health problems. Checkups should include: medical history, growth and development, vision, hearing, nutrition, recommended lab tests, immunizations and health education.

  • Against all odds, many teens are doing just fine

    Millions of American teens ringing in the New Year as responsible, confident, successful and contributing members of their communities - what are the odds? Actually, pretty good according to Teens Today research from SADD.

    A survey of more than 2,700 middle and high school students revealed that most young people have a positive sense of self: feeling good about their progress on the key developmental tasks of establishing an identity, achieving independence and building meaningful relationships with peers.

  • Timber theft a real problem

    Timber theft is out of control in Kentucky. Just in Eastern Kentucky, recent cases have been reported in Harlan, Pike, Knott, Letcher, Morgan, Rockcastle, Madison and other counties.

    Those most often victimized are the elderly and disabled - the ones least able to defend themselves. The expense involved in either civil or criminal cases keeps legal action from being a practical recourse for most victims.

  • Miss Frances

    "His role was as the gentle teacher, the logical, compassionate, caring and articulate teacher, who inspired you so that you wanted to please him more than life itself."

    -Singer Carol Lawrence, in speaking about composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein

    While Carol Lawrence was speaking about West Side Story composer Leonard Bernstein when she made the statement above, we can't help but wonder if she'd ever met someone named "Miss Frances."

  • Choosing a candidate as easy as 1-2-3

    The presidential race is certainly becoming an interesting one. Like most of America, I've watched several debates between the candidates, checked out their Web sites and read all the news stories I could find, just trying to get a handle on which of the candidates would be best for the job.

    Little did I know the answer was so easy.

    At www.votechooser.com, it was all there for me, presented in easy-to-read terms. All I had to do was answer 10 questions and I would learn which candidate I should vote for in 2008.

    Hmmm.

    So I tried it. And boy was I surprised.

  • Will Kentucky voters be shut out?

    As I drove down Bardstown Road, a large yard sign caught my eye the other day - "Yes We Can" it touted in big red and blue letters. Beside it another sign - Barack Obama '08.

    It's nice to see folks finding a presidential candidate that they want to support and feeling good enough about it to shout it from their front yard (via signage) to the world.

    The bad thing is that by the time this poor person gets to vote in Kentucky's late May Primary, the decision for the Democratic and Republican party's contenders for the White House will likely already be decided.

  • Frances: A worthy woman

    She asked nothing from anyone, yet she elicited smile, hugs and "I love you's" to everyone she met.

    As we entered Campbellsville Baptist church, men and women would speak to her, hug her and say, "I love you."

    As we went down the hall to the auditorium, everyone waved and said hello or "I love you."