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Today's Opinions

  • House of Representatives offer assistance for devastated areas

    FRANKFORT – A little more than a week ago, when I was writing my weekly newspaper column, I had no idea of what the dangerous storms already on the horizon would bring.
    As we all know by now, it was one of the deadliest days in our history, and many communities were hit especially hard. That includes our neighbors to the north, in Pendleton, Campbell and Kenton counties, and in such other areas as West Liberty and East Bernstadt. For some of them, it will take months if not years to rebuild.

  • Spring peppers welcome us back

    Absolutely nothing says spring more than the distant chorus of spring peepers. There is a wooded stream just off Conner Station that is home to a cacophonous band of peepers all competing for as many females as they can.  
    On a warm March evening, especially after a shower, spring peepers remind me of how glorious rural life can be. Just by listening a whole other world can be imagined.
    Male spring peepers are the noise makes.  

  • Capitalism must have competition

    To the editor:
    “It ain’t just the gas prices!”
    The gas prices are just a symptom of the overall crisis of our economy and our country.
    We are told this is a country based on capitalism. This is a lie. To work as an economy instead of a scam to enrich a few, capitalism must have competition. We no longer have competition.
    We now have four to five gas companies instead of the multitude of companies we had 30 to 40 years ago. Check the few brands we now have and you will see little difference in price. No real competition.

  • Gas price fixing

    To the editor:
    A couple of weeks ago I had occasion to drive to Lexington. As I drove through town I noticed that all of the gas stations I passed had raised their gas prices to $3.45 a gallon. I guess they had all purchased new gas at the same time.
    As I got to Paris and then Lexington I noticed the prices all range from $3.26 to $3.30 which is typical of local prices to other counties.
    On Feb. 23 I went to Lexington again and every station I passed had $3.75 per gallon prices.

  • Connersville school welcomes all alumni for reunion

    If you went to school at Connersville, close your eyes.
    Can you hear the sound of the ping pong ball hitting the table in the gym?
    Can you see Jimmy Fryman, who was tagged “the Champ of the Tramp,” doing flip after flip on the trampoline?
    Can you hear principal and teacher Charlie Tribble walking down the hall?
    Can you see all of the experiments that were lined up for the many science fairs that were held during the school’s short life?

  • House says yes to opening court for abused, neglected children cases

    This past week, the Kentucky House of Representatives spent much of its time focusing on two important groups: Our children and our farmers.
    On Wednesday, for example, the full chamber voted to make viewing child pornography a crime, a move that would close a loophole that has made it tougher to prosecute pedophiles who don’t actually possess the images they view on the internet but don’t keep.

  • Accelerating fuel costs are spring disappointment

    Nothing gives spring’s arrival away better than the ever-growing thorn in all drivers’ sides.
    When I think of spring, I generally think of things that make me happy.
    For example, with spring comes warmer weather, outside events, volleyball, warmer weather, getting a tan, volleyball and the always enjoyed... warmer weather.
    In a small rural community like ours, the farms tend to shine and the scenery, for the most part, looks similar to pictures you might see in a magazine.

  • Dropout age could raise to 17 by 2016 if voted into law

    FRANKFORT – In today’s economy, most employers ask for at least some postsecondary experience and all but require a high school degree.  Those who drop out are often not even considered.