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Today's Opinions

  • Responses good from legislative survey

    A wide-ranging survey sent to 1,800 households in my district indicates the public has strong views on several issues tied to state government.

    About three out of four who responded, for example, believe Kentuckians should have the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment that would legalize expanded gaming.  Even more, about 83 percent, believe that if expanded gaming is approved, local voters should then have the right to decide whether they want it in their community.

  • Preschool and a puddle of tears

    Four years ago, I was waddling around like a fat penguin and being referred to as "sausage toes" by my doctor. The only shoes I could wear were flip-flops and my love for the summer sun was quickly diminishing with every pound I gained.

    Thankfully, for me and the sanity of everyone around me, I was only a few short days away from my planned C-section. It seems fitting that my delivery was planned down to the minute being that I have a touch (just a touch) of obsessive compulsive disorder.

  • Reader friendly

    It's a cliché in the movies and on television for a teacher to ask his or her students to write an essay about what they did during their summer vacation. If this was a movie based in Marion County, we hope at least a few children would write about their experience at the Marion County Public Library.

    Every summer, the library hosts a summer reading program. Through the program, school-aged children and teenagers have an opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, get a meal and expand their minds.

  • Wide open

    "The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress." - Joseph Joubert, French essayist

    Having open discussions is crucial to making progress in any situation.

  • Time to take my own advice

    I'm a hypocrite.

    That probably won't be a surprise to anyone who knows me, but it's also the truth in more than one area of my life.

    It's not that I intentionally fall short of my ideals or that I say things with the intention of doing the opposite later. Nevertheless, it happens.

    As I write this, however, one particular thing is on my mind - texting and driving.

  • Jet-powered

    This past weekend in Marion County, you could have met people from all over the United States as well as Canada, China, England, France and South Korea.

    While we realize this could happen on any given day if you decided to take a tour of the Maker’s Mark Distillery, in this case we are talking about an event at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport.

    Jets Over Kentucky 2010 attracted approximately 130 radio-controlled model jet pilots with 214 planes. Each year, this event continues to draw more and more people to central Kentucky for days at a time.

  • Put away the vuvuzelas ... for now

    A few random thoughts now that I’ve had my fill of international soccer ...

    The World Cup may be over, but I have a feeling we haven’t heard the last of the vuvuzela.

    I’ve heard about an iPhone app, and I’ve already seen and heard actual vuvuzelas during a few recent bouts by the Derby City Roller Girls.

  • Good investment

    The 21st Century Community Learning Center is a perfect example of what can happen when people work together for a common good.

    That common good in this case is the community's children and their education.

    In 2003, the Lebanon City Council was divided in its decision to approve a partnership agreement between the City of Lebanon and Marion County Board of Education to begin a new after-school program - the 21st Century Community Learning Center