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Today's Opinions

  • It was indeed a Classic

    Thirteen may be an unlucky number for some, but for Campbellsville High, which hosted its 13th basketball tournament during the holiday break, it was another great run of basketball entertainment.

    Sixteen teams, three days, 24 games, 42 hours of basketball.

    The tournament committee led by Campbellsville High Coach Tim Davis, Athletics Director Jim Hardy and a host of volunteers did an excellent job of moving things along. Thirteen years is a good foundation for success.

  • An unhealthy look at smoking ban

    I don't smoke. I never have, and the fact that when I pass by someone who is smoking I suffer a mild asthmatic reaction means I never will. Also, there's that whole cancer thing. That's kind of a bummer.

    I'm by no means a healthy man. I eat only fatty foods and steer clear of fruits and vegetables - except for strawberry pies and baked potatoes loaded with butter, sour cream and more butter.

  • Male chivalry: a dying breed

    Recently I was driving through a nearby community on my way to my sister's house. I stopped at a store, got out and heard a hissing noise. I had a slit on the side of my tire.

    I immediately got back in my car and pulled across the street to a tire store. By then my tire was almost flat.

    I got out of my van with my two young boys and a man came outside to ask me if I needed something. I explained to him about my tire and that I would need a replacement.

  • HR 1955/s goes too far

    We have a new threat on the horizon - HR 1955/S. 1959 Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007.

    The only homegrown terrorism I see lately is our own government trying to create a totalitarian police state. This is a government of the people, for the people, by the people. We are not of one mind, one belief, one religion. We are a diverse group of people and we have a right to assemble, to vote and to speak out when our government has gone too far.

  • Spreading Christmas cheer

    Five hundred. That's the number of children whose Christmas prospects were improved this year because of Toys for Tots and Toys for Kids.

    We are a giving community, but we're also an active community with many active participants. All the giving in the world does not necessarily compute to a good project. But we're blessed to have a couple of great coordinators - Sharon Dobson at the fire departments and Denise Gupton at Rescue.

  • Ominous start to 2008

    As Ross Perot would say (paraphrased): "That giant sucking sound you hear is the $300 million shortfall in Kentucky's finances."

    The sabers are being rattled early, I presume to put legislators on notice prior to the Jan. 8 General Assembly. Sabers make a distinctive clanking noise and are about as irritating as the sound of money being sucked out of the state budget.

    If form holds true, the next six months will be lean ones - with potential spending cuts and a hiring freeze.

  • Let's make the best of a brand new year

    In about a hundred hours the calendar will flip to a new year - 2008. Almost hard to believe, isn't it?

    But as we move ahead, we know that promises can be a dime a dozen. The ones we make that are worth carrying through are as scarce as a hen's teeth. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't try.

    We may have a few personal things that we're going to resolve in 2008 - trim a few pounds, stop smoking, get right with God, rekindle a friendship, or be a better mom or dad.

  • The 2008 legislative session: What business wants

    As 2008 quickly approaches, the Kentucky General Assembly will soon be in session with many difficult decisions to make. Gov. Steve Beshear's first budget will be under consideration, and hundreds of competing interest groups will be working to sway lawmakers' opinions. The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will also be at the Capitol, speaking for the business community of Kentucky and hoping to improve the state's business climate for all Kentuckians.