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Today's Opinions

  • "We all is self-righteous"

    In the newsroom we have a counter where people put doughnuts and cookies for everyone to share.

    Today someone set out a container of humungous cookies. Each cookie is 480 calories with 23 grams of fat. For those keeping score, one cookie is 12 Weight Watchers points, which is more than half my daily allotment.

  • KSP Commissioner reminds Kentuckians to buckle up

    Thirty-six fewer deaths were reported regarding highway fatalities in Kentucky for the calendar year 2008. While safety advocates were excited about this year-end report, the stark reality overshadowed the celebration when the overall numbers were examined. Although it was one of the safest years in a decade, sadly 828 people lost their lives on Kentucky’s roadways last year.

    Statistics show that 64 percent of those killed were not wearing a seat belt.

  • Code enforcement tops commissioner's agenda

    The City of Cynthiana is facing a myriad of problems, both large and small. Some of these difficulties are unique to our city, but most are being universally faced throughout the United States. Aging infrastructures, reduced revenues, and increased costs are the defining terms of our cities today. There is not going to be a quick cure. 

  • Road plan dependent on federal stimulus money and gas tax

    With the budget now law, the biggest task facing the General Assembly this legislative session is preparing a road plan for the remainder of this fiscal year and the next, which ends in June 2010.

    After talking with legislators about their priorities, House and Senate leaders met with Transportation Cabinet officials for hours during the last several weeks to hammer out a plan.  On Friday, the House voted overwhelmingly for this compromise proposal, which the Senate is expected to approve this week.

  • Our attitudes and actions will become our legacy

    Remember this name: Mordecai Ham. I’ll tell you at the end who he is.

    Meanwhile, let me tell you about Phil Munsey, a guy I heard on the radio the other day.

    He wrote a book last year called “Legacy Now: Why Everything About You Matters.”

    The point of his book is that big or small, everything in our lives matters and everything we do has eternal consequences.

  • United States should utilize its own resources, instead of enriching foreign countries

    To the editor:

    A study by the American Energy Alliance estimates that, over a thirty-year period, businesses  could create 1.2 million new jobs, generate $2.2 trillion in total tax receipts and add $8 trillion to our economy by permanently lifting the ban on offshore production in the Outer Continental Shelf. When the price of oil goes back up (as it  undoubtedly will) would it not be better to pay ourselves instead of foreign oil cartels?

  • Bills filed would benefit schools and farming communities, says McKee

    The 2009 Regular Session hit the halfway point early last week, and as expected, the General Assembly’s workload began to pick up considerably.

    It was a highly productive time for legislation I have filed on behalf of the farming community and our schools.  Along with a resolution that should be of particular interest to livestock farmers, several bills I sponsored were sent to the state Senate.

  • Kerr family thanks friends for assistance during ice storm

    To the editor:

    This letter is overdue although the help sure was right on time. Ed and Jane Simpson certainly were on time during the power outage that hit the county. In fact, Ed and his company, All Points Towing, have come to our rescue many times, even when our car broke down when we were living in Winchester.