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Today's Opinions

  • 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."

  • Give students their summers back

    Senate Bill 134, "The Family Summer Vacation Preservation Bill" is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Education Committee. This bill will mandate that Kentucky schools not start before the third full week in August.

    The reasons that this bill is moving forward are abundantly clear. Putting our kids on "rolling ovens" i.e. school busses, allowing oppressive heat to run up district utility bills, and crippling Kentucky's tourist business to the tune of $115 million are the unconscionable effects of beginning school in early August.

  • Luster leaving tobacco farming

    What used to be the backbone of Taylor County farmers' livelihoods is quickly becoming an overwhelming burden.

    Over the past few years, it has become glaringly obvious that tobacco has gotten further and further away from being the viable cash crop it once was for many present and former burley growers.

    While farmers have been preparing for this inevitability for several years now, it continues to be a difficult adjustment for some.

  • Save that tax rebate

    This spring, 130 million Americans will receive a tax rebate thanks to the economic stimulus package just signed by President Bush. Single earners who take home less than $75,000 will find a $600 check in their mailbox. Married couples with a combined income of under $150,000 will get $1,200, plus $300 for each of their children.

    For those who are single, that's enough for a top-of-the-line iPhone. Couples could go out and buy a 50-inch plasma television. If you have kids, there'll even be money left over for a Nintendo Wii.

  • Tax returns aren't right

    Well, here I am yet again having to discuss something else in adding to a subtraction - an additional situation subtracting the amount of income I make each year. This time it has to do with income tax returns and W2 forms.

    Is it just me, or are W2 forms looking somewhat ..."not right"? I've heard a number of people comment about how their W2 forms didn't look quite right, as if it didn't actually state what they should have paid in for the past year for as much as they worked. Does anybody else out there kind of get that impression?

  • Democrats divvy up responsibilities

    As we head into 2008, voters are becoming more aware each day of the upcoming election contests happening at all levels of government, from your local officials to the President of the United States.

    The Kentucky Democratic Party is energized as we prepare to support all of our candidates in the General Election this fall. A vital part of our preparations is the upcoming Democratic Party Reorganization and Convention process.