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Today's Opinions

  • Uncle Sam will find you, even in retirement

    With your retirement year’s right around the corner, it seems that all your hard work is finally going to pay off. Your nest egg appears to be big enough to support your dreams, from trips overseas to a fabulous vacation home. But remember, your plans for a dazzling life of leisure may change if you haven’t thought about the impact Uncle Sam may have on your plans.

  • Bills make way to committees

    Committee meetings have begun again, which mark one of the first steps a bill must go through on its way to become law.

  • Budget shortfall key issue in '08

    As the first week of the 2008 General Assembly began with the speaker’s gavel at noon Jan. 8, the 142nd Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly started to take shape.The week ended with little bloodshed as my colleagues and I spent the majority of our time familiarizing ourselves with the nearly 300 bills that have already been filed. That number will swell to more than 1,000 by the time we adjourn in April. We started the week with ethics training, which legislators are required to take each year.

  • Letters to the Editor

    Residents not angered by appointmentTo the editor:I don’t know why it is felt that the residents were angered. Four people came to a meeting prepared to do the job they were elected to do. They did not procrastinate about doing their job. Just went on and did it. There was no time to waste as it had already been wasted. Thirty days is all that is allowed by law to replace a council member, 25 had been used with all the waiting. After 30 days the governor would appoint our councilmember.

  • When journalists make mistakes, it's costly

    Sometimes journalists make mistakes.We take fault on the chin, try to bear the shame that comes with it and internally beat ourselves up. We forget that we’re human, and that just like everyone else, there are times when we use bad judgment, when we work too quickly, or when we just don’t understand or ask for help.That’s because we take our mission to an extreme. We are charged with being gatekeepers of information and we have a tremendous responsibility to relay that information to the public.

  • Is this year's resolution to quit smoking?

    Each year many people use January as their start date for making positive changes in their lives. If your New Year’s resolution is to remove tobacco from your life, good for you! Quitting is the most important thing people can do to improve their health. There are many choices to help people quit smoking; however only certain treatments have been proven effective. These are:• Prescription medications including bupropion SR (Zyban or Wellbutrin) and newly approved varenicline (Chantix).

  • It's never to late to get into good physical shape

    Looking for inspiration to get in shape? On Dec. 14, a buddy of mine, Bob Bowes, celebrated his 65th birthday in style. No, he did not go on a Caribbean cruise.He didn’t bar hop. As a matter of fact – he didn’t eat a piece of birthday cake.Bob invited friends and relatives to join him in South Carolina to do a “Century Ride” on bicycles.Yes, that word century means 100. Yes, we’re talking miles and yes, bikes that have pedals – not Harleys.

  • A sale we didn't expect

    I like to think of my adoption into the Landmark Community Newspapers family as an act of divine intervention.Poor economic conditions, nightmarish hours and bad management left me questioning my latest employment decision at age 24. Frustrated and eager to advance my career, I found myself on that day staring at a blank screen as I gathered the nerve to write a resignation letter before having another job lined up to pay the bills.