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Today's Opinions

  • Letter-Roadblock for Diabetes

    Editor's note: This letter was inadvertently left out of the April 28 edition.

    It is that time of the year for the American Diabetes Association Step Out walk at Keeneland Race Course.

    As a fund-raiser in honor of our grandson, Parker Thomas, we will again be having a roadblock on Saturday, May 1, to raise money for our team, Scoop's Crew. In the past, the people of Marion County have been more than generous at our roadblock and we are asking for your help again.

  • Lack of budget is frustrating

    The General Assembly adjourned the 2010 General Assembly Session without finalizing a budget. It is a matter that has caused much frustration and even anger. People should be mad. The fact of the matter is that the Senate would not agree to a fiscally unsound budget proposed by the House that raised over $280 million in taxes and bonded over $1 billion in projects that we cannot afford.

  • Kill Saturday mail? Not so fast!

    National media report that Saturday mail delivery may go the way of the milk wagon, and that a wide majority of Americans think that's OK.

    Hold on.

    Congress must act first, and that is not likely to happen soon. Some Congressional leaders worry about trimming mail service, even if only 35 percent of people surveyed by Gallup last summer disapprove.

    Poll results are guided by the way questions are asked. They don't give a full picture. Knowing that, Congress is not yet ready to decide.

  • Grim Reality

    Mothers Against Drunk Driving estimate that 11,773 died as a result of drunk driving accidents in 2008 in the United States.

    That's more than 31 percent of the 37,261 traffic fatalities reported that year.

    In 2006, 1.46 million drivers were arrested for driving while intoxicated in the U.S.

    These statistics give us a reason to understand why MADD is so passionate about its mission, but unfortunately, sometimes statistics don't help us understand the consequences of a bad decision.

  • The sensational Smurfs

    I made a fascinating discovery recently.

    After making some budget cuts at my house, my television channel options were cut in half. I'm an NBC, CBS, and ABC type of gal, so to me it didn't really matter. And, thankfully, I still get Nickelodeon, so my son hasn't noticed that we don't watch Playhouse Disney much anymore. (If it weren't for DVR and the numerous recordings I have of Handy Manny, Go Diego Go and The Wonder Pets, I would be in serious trouble, however.)

    But, I digress.

  • Senate offers responsible budget

    As many of you have heard or read, issues around the state's budget have not yet been resolved. The primary problem is that the Senate and the House Republicans are unwilling to issue $1.2 billion in additional debt and raise an additional $280 million in taxes. We are simply not in a position to increase our debt load.

  • Take one: SCC and Centre Square

    Last week, the cast of "Dearly Beloved" rehearsed in Angelic Hall at the Centre Square Fine Arts Building (the former Lebanon High School).

    The play is being performed twice this weekend by the St. Catharine College Players, but if everything goes according to plan, it could become the first of a series of artistic and educational opportunities that may soon be available in Marion County.

  • Warning: Robots are coming

    I joke with my friends that the robot wars are coming. The only thing is: part of me is only half-joking (I think). It probably didn't help that I saw "iRobot" (in its entirety) for the first time this past weekend.

    Why am I concerned this week?

    No, it's not the release of the iPad, although that doesn't help. (Wireless technology will just make it easier for the machines to communicate with each other.)

    My concern starts with soccer and ends in space.