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Today's Opinions

  • "He really can and occasionally does make pigs fly"

                A few years ago I wrote about seeing a pig fly.

                What I meant by that is seeing the surprising answer to a prayer, something I thought I’d only see “when pigs fly.” In other words, never.

                But God seems to delight in never and impossible. A woman who called the newsroom last week reminded me of that.

  • Committee work continues in Frankfort last week

    The General Assembly may not have been in session last week because of a planned recess, but that didn’t mean legislators were away from the Capitol.

    Many of the House and Senate committees took the opportunity to continue holding their regular weekly meetings, including the one I oversee as chairman: the House Agriculture and Small Business Committee.

  • Cigarette and alcohol tax passed to cushion state budget cuts

     

    Not long after legislators approved the state’s two-year budget last April, we began to realize that as much as we had scaled back, it still would not be enough because of the steep downturn in the nation’s economy.

                Our state economists told us last fall that, despite several hundred million dollars already being cut, we would need to come up with $456 million more to balance the budget by the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2009.

  • Food is available to those in need

    To the editor:

    Last week you printed a letter concerning a lady not getting help when she needed it. This upset me, so I jumped in trying to locate this lady, which I did with the help of another person. I have talked with her, and we got everything straightened out. She was in the dark about where and whom she could turn to and the person who refused her help must have been in the dark also.

    The Food Pantry has no financial guidelines for getting food and the only time one is refused food is when it is being abused and never if children are involved.

  • Speeding drivers kill family pets

    To the editor,

    I would just like to write and say I think it is awful how fast people drive on US 62 E. and how heartless people can be. On Sunday, Feb. 8 my 12 month old puppy had got out and was near the road. Someone hit him and didn’t even care enough to stop.

    He passed away. It was just like losing one of my children. He was our best friend. So I hope who ever did this to our family will please slow down. We miss our babe very much and this won’t bring him back but it may save another animals life. His name was Tank.

    Heaven Herrington

  • Cynthiana Christian Church and Judge Executive thanked for "first class manner"

    To the editor,

    I just wanted to thank everyone that worked so hard during the ice storm, especially the Cynthiana Christian Church.

    They made all those without power feel right at home and ran the shelter in a first class manner. Also, thanks to all those businesses that donated food, it was greatly appreciated and no one went without.

    County Judge Alex Barnett came into the shelter on a daily basis to keep everyone abreast of the restoration progress being made. Too bad we can’t clone Alex.

  • "Maybe 'like mother, like daughter' isn't so bad"

    Along with zillions of other people, my daughter, Alison, writes a blog.

    As The Neurotic Housewife, Alison writes about her life as a stay-at-home mom, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know this side of her in a horrifying sort of way.

    It’s like looking into a mirror.

    Oscar Wilde once said, “All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy.”

    As my girls grew up, I often taunted them with that. Oh yeah? You think I’m a fruitcake? Just wait until you get older and you find yourself doing the exact same things.

  • Shannon's hope is in Lord, not Congress

    To the editor:

    CNN newscasters announced this past week that 598,000 jobs were lost in January 2009 in the United States. One reporter said it is the worst job loss in 34 years. Another commented that our economy looks a lot like it did at the beginning of the Great Depression. Scary times, they all agreed.