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Today's Opinions

  • Gary Palmer
  • Gary Palmer
  • Taxpayers burdened by teachers’ retirement

    To the editor:
    I can sympathize with John Schrieber and his letter of May 12, where he had difficulty obtaining a refund from Kentucky Teacher’s Retirement System (KTRS), being only a substitute and having no intention of receiving benefits.  I had the same problem in 2004.

  • Enjoyment found in “Dr. Joe”

    To the editor:
    When Karen and I moved back to this part of the country from northern California in February 1997, one of the services we were interested in was a good doctor. Little did we know when Karen’s Aunt Violet Long, retired county nurse, referred us to “Dr. Joe” that we would acquire a superior doctor.
    On our first visit, I noted that Dr. Joe’s birth date was exactly one month (Aug. 20, 1937) prior to mine, which I thought was pretty cool. After spending time with him, I found he was pretty cool.

  • Enjoyment found in “Dr. Joe”

    To the editor:
    When Karen and I moved back to this part of the country from northern California in February 1997, one of the services we were interested in was a good doctor. Little did we know when Karen’s Aunt Violet Long, retired county nurse, referred us to “Dr. Joe” that we would acquire a superior doctor.
    On our first visit, I noted that Dr. Joe’s birth date was exactly one month (Aug. 20, 1937) prior to mine, which I thought was pretty cool. After spending time with him, I found he was pretty cool.

  • Family mission causes a change in heart

    When I write a column for our Viewpoint section of the Cynthiana Democrat, I try to find some humorous story to ramble on about.
    Sometimes, I even go outside my comfort zone and try and sound intellectual in discussing a sensitive or important issue within the county or city.
    However, never before have I been sitting at my computer and been led by emotion to share a story with everyone, until now.

  • Family mission causes a change in heart

    When I write a column for our Viewpoint section of the Cynthiana Democrat, I try to find some humorous story to ramble on about.
    Sometimes, I even go outside my comfort zone and try and sound intellectual in discussing a sensitive or important issue within the county or city.
    However, never before have I been sitting at my computer and been led by emotion to share a story with everyone, until now.

  • Substitute personnel be aware of retirement frustrations in Frankfort

    To the editor:
    This letter is especially written to substitute teachers in Harrison County.
    Be advised: From my personal experience, it has taken at least two years to receive a final conclusion after letters requesting an explanation of why it took six months to receive my contribution to the Kentucky Retirement System. It has taken visits to Frankfort’s Department of Teacher Retirement and letters to our election representative and senator, and the commissioner of education. I finally received a conclusion to my frustration.