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Today's Opinions

  • 2009 regular session ends in atypical fashion

    As is tradition with every legislative session, the Speaker's gavel sounded adjournment to this year's Regular Session, but that is where the similarities to sessions of the past end. The 2009 General Assembly began with an air of uncertainty and proceeded with the passage of vital legislation. We have now adjourned using only one of our two constitutionally allowed veto days.

  • A love for the arts

    A shiny red dress, a crystal ball, and a stage jam-packed with students singing "The Kingdom of Swing"... those are a few of my fondest memories of school in Marion County.

    Notice, there is no mention of a textbook or even a classroom. In fact, instead of a pencil, there was a microphone. Instead of a desk and a chair, there was a stage. And instead of a chalkboard, there was a sea of my peers watching me complete my "assignment."

  • Letters to the editor, April 8

    Exchange student experience is rewarding

    I have been involved with foreign exchange students now for several years as a local coordinator with CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange. In that time, I've learned that the world can be made better through cultural exchange through the CIEE mission to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.

  • Owen's firsts in Florida

    A potty training two-year-old, breeding flamingos, beautiful beaches and scary, slimy fish with teeth... those are just a few of the things I had a chance to experience and enjoy recently during my first-ever family vacation in Florida.

    It was the first "real" vacation I had been on in nearly five years, but for some reason when I returned I felt like I needed another vacation. I guess that's where the two-year-old comes in, huh?

  • Letters to the editor, April 1

    A passion for helping people   In remembrance of David Ford (my brother).

    This is your favorite sister as I would always say to him.

    Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, was the worst day of my life, and Wednesday, Feb. 11 through Friday, Feb. 13, were the hardest days of my life to get through.

    My brothers, Darrell and David are my rocks to lean on and my protectors. Both my brothers are wonderful.

    I wanted to talk about him at the funeral service. But it was so hard at the time.

  • School board making its most important decision

    When the Marion County Board of Education first met with Mike Oder, the consultant it hired to help with its superintendent search, Oder shared an important truth with them.

    If the search goes well, and the district hires a strong candidate, the board of education and the screening committee will get credit for doing a good job.

    If the search goes poorly, and the district hires a candidate who doesn't fit well, the board of education will get the blame.

  • MCHS sharing the power of a wish

    Making wishes come true... Marion County High School students have been doing it for three years now. Through their tireless efforts and fund-raisers, such as this past weekend's Junior Mister competition, local students have been raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

    For almost three decades, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has been granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

  • Veto period provides legislators time to reach agreements on unresolved issues

    As my colleagues and I left Frankfort on March 13 for constitutionally designated veto days, a common sense of relief was felt knowing we had approved some key pieces of legislation that are awaiting the Governor's signature into law and will have far reaching effects on a number of our citizens. In last week's column, I shared with you the highly anticipated passage of Senate Bill 1, which eliminates the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System through a phase out process.