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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • House budget helps families

    When the Kentucky House of Representatives adopted its two-year budget several weeks ago, my colleagues and I had three main priorities: Streamline government; protect education and our most vulnerable citizens; and kick-start our economy.

  • Closing doors

    In a landmark decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, Justice William Brennan wrote this country has "a profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open, and that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials."

     

    Kentucky legislators failed to honor that principle when they voted to allow elected school board members to evaluate the performance of school superintendents in secret.

     

  • Every citizen counts in Kentucky

    Do you know how many people in Kentucky are age 65 or older?

    In the year 2000, that number was 504,793.

    How about the number of Kentucky homes that heat with electricity?

    38.8 percent.

    Kentucky's household size? 2.47 people.

    Median age? 35.9

    And the percent of families with children 5 or under who live under the poverty level?

    21.6 percent.

    How do I know all this?

    The 2000 U.S. Census.

    Call up the Census Web site and you are quickly overwhelmed with an avalanche of data of all kinds, shapes and sizes.