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Today's Opinions

  • Silver Lining

    Last summer, the announcement - by the governor, no less - that a $43-million chicken processing plant would bring hundreds of new jobs to Marion County was welcome news.

    And just as significant, it would have added some diversity to the county's industrial base.

    The prospect of a new plant opening in the foreseeable future was a reason to remain hopeful, even while the economy continued to decline locally and nationally.

    We expect that many people, including ourselves, are disappointed by the recent announcement that Rancho Poultry will not be coming.

  • Make physical activity part of your life

    For some people, "exercise" is a dirty word.

  • A day like no other

    We knew it would come up sooner or later, and we should have known that Bardstown would beat us to the punch.

    The Bardstown City Council recently approved the first reading of an ordinance allowing Sunday alcohol sales in grocery, liquor and convenience stores. It's no surprise that some local residents want Marion County to do the same.

  • Opportunities at hand

    In tough times, change is often necessary.

    And there is no question that economically things are still tough. When the economy is bad it affects everything and everyone, and that includes education.

    In response, the leadership team at Marion County High School is planning some changes.

    Unfortunately, we already know that there will be fewer teachers on the payroll next year, and that means the teachers who are left will be asked to do a little bit more.

  • Loretto is a place to reconnect

    The Loretto Motherhouse will be featured on Kentucky Life on KET1 May 16 at 8 p.m. and May 17 at 4:30 p.m. and on KET2 at 7 p.m. on May 17.

  • More than books

    Not many things in life are free, but public libraries may be one of the best uses of our local tax dollars.

    The library is where we can educate ourselves, reach out to the world around and let that world into our lives.

  • Bits and pieces

    A few thoughts from the past week:

    As if we needed another reminder that life doesn't always go according to our plans, we now have swine flu in the news.

    In recent years, we've dealt with mad cow and bird flu, and we've previously dealt with chicken and cow poxes.

    Maybe pigs were just late getting in on the act.

    - State and national health officials are urging people to be cautious with regard to swine flu.

  • SpongeBob's got back

    Thanks to Burger King, I will never be able to look at SpongeBob the same again.

    But, if I'm being completely honest, I never really liked the bright yellow smart allec to begin with, but now I have all the more reason to choose watching my friends Diego and Dora over "Bobby," which is what my son calls him.