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Today's Opinions

  • News we'd like to report in 2009

    On the front page of today's paper and on page A14, we take a look back at the year that was. It's impossible to know what will happen in 2009, so we're throwing away our crystal ball. Instead, we've decided to share some of the headlines we'd love to print in 2009.   Rancho Poultry, Fuel Total Systems ahead of schedule

    Since these two businesses should create hundreds of new jobs in the county, we look forward to the day when they put out the "now hiring" signs. The sooner this gets here, the better. 

  • How to have Christmas every day of the year

    This New Year I want to wish you a Merry Christmas! I have this strange belief that Christmas can be celebrated every day of the year. I realize Christmas 2008 is a fading memory, but before you place it in your scrapbook of holidays, take a moment to reflect on how you can enjoy the best of Christmas every day of the year. When Christmas is in your heart, you can pull it up and savor the finest aspects of Christmas anytime. But we have to get beyond the nastiness of Christmas memories to the true meaning of the event.

  • A funeral that shouldn't have happened

    The Marion County Honor Guard participated in its 95th funeral of 2008 Monday afternoon.

    It was also the 77th burial at the Lebanon National Cemetery this year.

    It's a funeral that shouldn't have happened, at least, not this soon. It's a funeral that was the direct result of a random act of senseless violence.

    William Scott Miller, 42, of Frankfort was buried Monday afternoon. He died after he was shot while driving on Interstate 635 in Dallas.

  • Letters to the editor, Dec. 31

    Profiteering and gouging should not be allowed

    Since the manipulated oil prices are down, it seems that overcharging for food and electrical energy should not be allowed.

    I'm speaking of the increases by the TVA and RECC. Both have no reason to gouge the public like they are.

    If government entities have overspent their budgets, that is not a reason to try and balance the books on the backs of the people.

  • State Rep. Higdon prepares for 2009 session and asks for your opinion

    On Jan. 6, the 2009 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly will convene and we are slated to consider many important issues this year.  As your elected representative, I want to know your opinions and thoughts.  Please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire included this column and return it to me.

    Once completed, you may return it by mail to Room 451D, Capitol Annex, Frankfort, KY 40601. You may also fax your response to (502) 564-7690.  I thank you in advance for completing this questionnaire.

  • Kids say the darnedest things

    As I was watching Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer the other night with my 2-year-old, I was reminded of the fact that everything I say (or do) is being closely listened to and, very often, repeated. We were at the point in the program where the abominable snow monster is trying to attack Herbie, Rudolph and Yukon Cornelius. Thankfully, Yukon Cornelius and his ice pick save the day and the trio manage to escape on a glacier into the ocean, putting them out of the snow monster's reach.

  • Just in time - your last minute gift guide

    Here you are, a week before Christmas and you still haven't figured out how you'll be filling all the stockings on your list.

    If your list is longer than mine (and it probably is since I'm pretty stingy), you may be wondering what you can get for that co-worker, in-law, parent, or romantic interest. For better or worse, here are a few holiday suggestions.

  • Wreaths Across America

    Editor's note: The following is a speech that was given by Hayden Johnson at the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Lebanon National Cemetery Saturday.

    We are gathered here today at this memorial site and memorial sites all across America to remember that we are one nation with one flag. We are all proud to be Americans that live in a free society made up of many people, many races, from many walks of life. The freedoms we enjoy today have not come without a price.