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Today's Opinions

  • Driven to succeed

    Peggy Downs is a special person.

    I learned that quickly as a teenager boarding school bus No. 173 every morning and afternoon. Every single day as I got on the school bus, Peggy always greeted me with a warm smile.

    However, one particular summer morning sticks out in my mind. 

  • Letter: Think for yourself

    With children being arrested for toy guns, I think parents should take a serious look at their educational and authority structure and its training.

    Apparently, the democratic habit of questioning authority or conventional wisdom could place your or your children in  conflict with “The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders”, fifth edition (DSM-V) to be published in 2013.

  • Letter: Superintendent pick no surprise
  • Living with loss

    The trial of Adrian Benton began Monday. Benton is one of two men facing charges as a result of the death of John G. Mattingly III, a Marion County native and University of Kentucky student.

    The other defendant in the case, Raymond Wright, pled guilty while jury selection was taking place. He admitted that he pulled the trigger, and for that, he will likely receive life in prison.

  • Letter: Vote Williams for Governor

    David Williams and Richie Farmer offer Republicans bold conservative leadership and an opportunity to change Frankfort from a liberal taxing administration to one of fiscal conservatism. Senator Williams, as our governor, will also turn back efforts to raise taxes  on small business.  He knows many small businesses are struggling and that raising taxes would sound a death knell.  Williams and Farmer will stand for business friendly policies.

  • Letter: Consider foster care

    May is National Foster Care Month, a time to shine the light on the foster care experience. Let's start with some figures:

    - More than 6,800 Kentucky children and youth are in out-of-home

    care, with 75 to 80 percent of those in foster care. Most are placed in temporary foster care due to parental neglect or abuse.

    - The average age of a child in care: 10.7 years.

  • Letter: Support The Caring Place

    Words cannot begin to express my gratitude for the generous support for The Caring Place shown by the communities of Lebanon, Springfield, and Bardstown. Your generous donations of money and gift certificates, volunteer support, and participation in the first annual Stick Horse-Egg and Spoon Derby was fantastic. 

    Elizabeth Wallen

    Springfield, KY

  • Too much news, not enough print

    Putting together a newspaper is often like trying to figure out how to fit round pegs into square holes. Other times, it's like trying to fit octagon-shaped pegs into trapezoid-shaped holes.

    And then there are the rare occasions when it's like trying to fit pentagon-, rhombus- and octagon-shaped pegs into two different triangular-shaped holes.

    This past week was one of those rare occasions.