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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor

    Race track slots would help state

    To the editor:

    If you asked someone what Kentucky is known for, you would most likely hear “horses and tobacco.” However, in the past few years, both have seen more than their fair share of hard times. It is almost as if our state representatives are crippling what Kentucky is known for with their decisions made in the name of saving Kentuckians from themselves. 

  • Session yields comprehensive legislation

    As my colleagues and I began the second week of the 2009 Extraordinary Session, we were uncertain if we’d accomplish our mission – addressing our $1 billion budget shortfall. 

    With the Senate approving one version of the budget and the House approving another, many were unsure about the bill’s fate. Yet, after only a day, the conference committee emerged from negotiations with two bills geared towards economic recovery and fiscal discipline. It was my pleasure to have been one of only three House Republicans selected to serve on the conference committee.

  • Shop local to spread happiness

    "If the community is happy, then they support your business and if your business is doing well, then you can give back more to the community."  – Magic Johnson

    I know you’ve been reading much in the news about the importance of shopping local. 

    Every day, there are more reasons for you to support your local businesses, and I would like to share a few more that may not be so obvious.

    As more and more big box stores open, more and more “mom and pop” stores have been forced out of business. 

  • Make a grand entrance

    One of my many passions is photography, and I enjoy taking pictures of one of my favorite places on the planet – beautiful Oldham County. 

    Last week the subject matter was subdivision entrances. 

    As I was shooting a photo of a particularly beautiful entrance, a lady walked up to me and asked me if all the hard work she had put into making sure the subdivision entrance looked nice really matters.

    My answer was a resounding, YES! 

  • Letters to the Editor

    OCPD Citizens’ Police Academy is invaluable

    To the editor:

    I would like to extend a big thank you to Lt. Tim Wakefield, Chief Griffin and the Oldham County Police Department for offering the Citizens’ Academy.

    This 10-week course was informative and a lot of fun. The academy was an eye-opening experience into the workings of local law enforcement. I continue to be amazed at how professional these officers act during interactions with the public.

  • On reverence and respect

    Reverence is the way of radical respect. It recognizes and honors the sacred in everything – our bodies, other people, animals, rocks, the ground, and the waters. 

    “I cannot but have reverence for all that is called life. I cannot avoid compassion for everything that is called life. That is the beginning and foundation of morality.” –Albert Schweitzer

  • 200-year-old business could bite the dust

    Living in a down economy isn’t having much effect on Harvey Conner. He still has a job – the same one he’s had for 44 years.

    And he has enough money to go out in search of some of the products he has manufactured since he was a teenager.

    “The other day, over in Nicholasville, I found a piece I made in the early 1980s and only had to give $1.25 for it,” says the 63-year-old Madison County native.

    His employer, Bybee Pottery, has been in business in the tiny community of Waco since 1809.

  • Letters to the Editor

    Another Oldham interchange on I-71?

    To the editor:

    So the Hocker Group wants an interchange to connect Oldham Reserve with I-71?  If anything ever really does happen there, I think that would be a great idea.  At the same time, I can’t help but find it laughable that it would give Oldham County five interchanges with I-71, while Jefferson County still has only one.

    Rob Dupin, La Grange

    Council to discuss CSX impact on city

    To the editor: