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Today's Opinions

  • Previewing the 2009 special session

    As you read this article, I am back in Frankfort for the special session called by Governor Beshear. The governor called the special session after the Consensus Forecasting Group predicted a $1 billion shortfall in the 2010 budget. Under Kentucky law, the governor can make adjustments to the budget to offset up to a five percent shortfall. The forecasted shortfall for next year is over ten percent; this requires the General Assembly to convene in order to resolve the shortfall.

  • Numerous bills slated to become state law this month

    When the 2009 General Assembly adjourned on March 26, my colleagues and I were greeted with the public sentiment that too many issues were left unresolved.

  • Creating confusion on the sidewalk

    It was supposed to be easy.

    All I had to do was get on a plane in Louisville, meet up with my son in Rhode Island, and ride back to Kentucky in his car.

    Something any normal person should be able to do with ease.

    Only one problem.   I've never been normal.

    If I was normal, I never would have attempted to walk from my home to downtown Frankfort on the hottest day of the summer last year.

  • Seinfeld, monks offer life lessons

    I've watched a lot of Seinfeld episodes in my day, and I've had a chance to meet and cover some pretty interesting people through my work.

    I bring this up because many people I know and care about are going through some big changes.

    Some are going through big changes in their relationships. Others are preparing to welcome a new life into their lives, and still others will be waiting longer than they anticipated to do so.

  • Horse neglect isn't new

    Animal neglect and abuse have always been with us. Studies have shown that neglect gets worse when unemployment increases, but that it did not worsen following the closing of the Texas and Illinois slaughter houses.

    Moreover, slaughter auctions continue, unabated. Horses are simply hauled to Canada and Mexico. Over 134,000 American horses were slaughtered in 2008, the second highest number since 1995!

    Euthanasia is a humane solution for older horses, when their owners wish to rid themselves of a mouth to feed. The cost is minimal.

  • The Caring Closet needs your help

    The Caring Closet, located at 221 West Main Street in downtown Lebanon, needs you!

    The Caring Closet is a thrift store and outreach center that assists women and children whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. Our store is open to the public with all proceeds going to help these individuals.

  • Zest for life

    Imagine the following scenario:

    You go into the doctor's office for a routine exam. You have a list of errands to run and many other important obligations to tend to, but you decided to take time out from your busy schedule to go ahead and get the exam over with. Sure, the results in the past have always been normal, and you're confident that there is nothing to worry about, but it's better to be safe than sorry, right?

  • Flags a sign of honor

    Driving around town during Memorial Day weekend you could count on one hand the number of flags displayed. It is so sad that so few bothered to recognize and honor our veterans. What has happened to patriotism?   L.C. Higdon

    Lebanon