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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Believe it or not, tourism exists in our community

    Disc golf is not my thing.

    Neither is flying miniature jet airplanes.

    And, while my late father would be so disappointed to hear this, I don't dig bluegrass music either.

    But, just because I don't enjoy those things, doesn't mean there aren't hundreds, if not thousands, of other people who do. In fact, there are people who travel to participate in activities like these. Some even travel to Lebanon, as a matter of fact.

     

  • 2010 legislative session nearing its end

    In the General Assembly during this time of year, "March Madness" refers to more than just a basketball tournament as the final hectic days of the legislative session draw to a close.

    In the state Senate, the focus last week was predictably on the two-year budget, with that chamber considering what changes it will make to the House version approved earlier this month. The Senate is scheduled to vote on a proposal early this week, setting the stage for legislative leaders to come up with a compromise by the end of the month.

  • Senate tackles drugs, domestic violence

    As we wrap up the fiftieth legislative day, the Senate continues to build on our body of work by passing bills addressing domestic violence, education, drug use and treatment, and government efficiencies.

  • HEADS UP

    Eric Daugherty had one question for the hundreds of people gathered in the St. Augustine School gymnasium Saturday afternoon.

    "Are y'all ready to see some hair hit the floor?" he asked.

    Their enthusiastic cheering said they were.

    After Saturday's event, seven hair stylists had shaved more than 100 heads, leaving a sizable pile of hair on the floor. And that's not counting the 10 heads that were shaved at Big Jim's Friday night.

    This was the fourth year for the local St. Baldrick's event and the 10th year events have been held across the nation.