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Today's Opinions

  • News from the Chamber of Commerce

    It has been a whirlwind the last couple of weeks in the Chamber world.
    We have recently moved into our new office, on the second floor of the City Clerk’s new building.
    Moving is never fun, but we survived and are absolutely in love with our new location. Many have asked if they have to come all the way up the stairs to see us. Not at all.
    Just pop into the City offices (Check out our new gift shop while you’re there) and have them buzz us. We will happily come to you.

  • Viewpoint

    People my age or older often catch ourselves wishing for things as they used to be.
    At the risk of sounding trite, those days of the past are ‘water over the dam,’ ‘water under the bridge,’ or any of several other sayings that reflect some sense of longing for simpler times.
    Let’s be realistic, however, those days are in the past and, though they might be remembered, they will never be relived.

  • Learning lessons from the 1918 flu pandemic

    By Stuart W. Sanders
    Guest columnist
     
    One afternoon in May 1918, my 12-year-old grandfather was walking home from school in Louisville when he encountered a man from his neighborhood.
    Run home fast, the man said, your father’s dead.
    With this abrupt message, my grandfather sprinted home, tears streaming down his face. His father had died from “edema of the lungs,” which was brought about by complications from influenza.

  • Armed guards needed in schools

    To the editor:
    Becky Barnes’ editorial of March 1, 2018 astonished me! I was captured by your wisdom and acuity. It was a truck load of common sense and life experience.
    Then I read the article on school officials talking about safety. My euphoria took a crash dive.
    These shootings now last about five minutes. Everybody in this country via TV news knows this except school boards and security people. In these situations seconds not minutes count. If there is not instant armed response it is too late.

  • Mailbag

    To the editor:
    We, the Licking Valley Church of Christ, Cynthiana, Ky., want to take this opportunity to thank Techaus Incorporated, “Kens New Market,” for their generosity in enabling our congregation be able to receive a “Ken’s Certificate” to give to others who are in need of help, whether it is because of health, financial, or other reasons. We have been blessed to be able to do so because of the program Ken’s has in our town.

  • Senator Steve West’s Legislative update

    Receiving the Commonwealth’s two-year, multi-billion dollar budget plan from our colleagues in the House highlighted one of our busiest weeks yet in the Senate as we reached the two-thirds point of the 2018 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Hundreds of visitors from all corners of Kentucky packed committee hearings and rallied for important causes in a week that saw no shortage of legislative activity.

  • Downtown Spring Open Houses this weekend

    Now that I’ve had a glimpse of warmer weather and sunshine, spring fever has set in. If you are feeling the same, you need to join us this weekend for the Downtown Spring Open Houses.
    Participating downtown merchants will be staying open later on Friday night till 7 p.m. and Saturday afternoon till at least 3 p.m. for the spring open houses. Businesses will be offering their new spring merchandise, some with specials and sales.

  • Still teaching...and learning...after all these years

    The first daffodil in my yard bloomed Feb. 25. What I wonder about this early visit, is it a promise of an early spring or just a confused bulb? I don’t really know why, there have been worse winters, but this one has managed to sink into my bones and dull my senses.
    As I write this I hear the persistent drum of rain on my patio room tin roof, a great sound in August, not so much in February.