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Today's Opinions

  • Disenfranchised

    I have just returned from the Madison County Kentucky Courthouse disappointed and disenfranchised. For the first time in my life, Kentucky's vote will actually matter in a Presidential Primary, but I will not be allowed to participate.

  • The IRS needs your help

    Starting in May, economic stimulus payments of up to $600 for individuals ($1,200 for married couples) will be issued by the IRS based on 2007 tax returns. Parents also get $300 for each eligible child.

    People must file a 2007 tax return. That's it. But here's where the IRS needs help.

    Millions of people are eligible but may not know it. These are certain retirees, disabled vets and low-wage workers who normally don't file a tax return. This year, they must file to receive the payments.

  • Global Youth Service Day

    Hundreds of young people from your community will join thousands of youth across the commonwealth to serve their communities as part of Global Youth Service Day, April 25-27.

    Global Youth Service Day is an annual event organized by Youth Service America. It is the largest service event in the world, mobilizing young people to identify and address community needs through service and civic engagement. The event also educates the public about the role of youth as leaders and resources in their communities.

  • New farm bill would stimulate economy

    While Congress and President Bush recently completed work on an economic stimulus package for America, farm interests have been pushing for another type of economic boost known as "the farm bill."

    Sometimes mischaracterized as a subsidy program for large-scale corporate farms, the nation's farm policy actually goes a long way toward providing a sense of economic stability in rural communities. And it does so with a broad reach.

  • Open government is good government

    The early leaders of our country held widely divergent views on many topics, but their writings reflect a common appreciation of the importance of the right to know. These leaders recognized that in order for the new democracy to survive, public access was essential. As James Madison wrote: "[A] people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."

  • Wherefore art thou?

    I'll admit, it was a little odd to be talking Shakespeare with a class of third-graders. Especially since they knew more than I did.

    I was a guest Monday of Becky Grant's third-grade class at Taylor County Elementary School. I was there to talk with the students about their performance the day before of Shakespeare's infamous tragedy, "Romeo and Juliet." And what a performance it was.

  • Think before you vote

    To parents, soon-to-be parents, grandparents and those who really do have concern about what kind of nation and city you live in, do the parents of school kids really want their children to spend eight hours at school, 3-4 hours of homework so they can score high on a Commonwealth Accountability Test System to help Kentucky school systems look good or maybe smart as other states?

  • Grateful for Taylor County upbringing

    In a recent telephone conversation with a cousin, Rose Richerson Wise of Brenham, Texas, we exchanged several complimenting comments about our lives in Taylor County, which I want to pass on to those who knew us in our youth and are still alive to read this.

    Through example, our families and neighbors instilled in us values and codes of conduct, which have stood us in good stead in our communities. Our teachers taught us the value of learning.

    So thank you Taylor County, Ky. for having provided us sturdy blocks upon which to base our principles.

    Margaret C. Minke