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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor

    Officials are chugging along to preserve quiet zone

    To the editor:

    The July La Grange City Council meeting included an uninformed statement that nothing has been done by the city in the past six years to preserve the quiet zone. 

    Involved residents and merchants know this isn’t true.

    In 2003, CSX informed city officials that along with overdue safety improvements, the city needed to address new federal regulations related to a quiet zone in the downtown historic district. 

  • An extra personal touch

    The most precious things in life are done by hand.  We have marvelous washing machines for clothes and for dishes, but they have never made a machine to bathe a baby. Babies are bathed by hand.

    Someone wrote these words:

    “I almost weep when looking back

    To childhood’s distant day.

    I think how those hands rested not

    When mine were at their play.

    I’ve looked on hands whose form and hue

    A sculptor’s dream might be.

    Yet are these aged, wrinkled hands, 

    More beautiful to me.”

  • You are somebody

    Through the years, I have received far more reward and affirmation for my work than I deserve. 

    Early one morning I got on an airplane to return home from a wonderful vacation in Hawaii. I was sleepy and tired and trying to deal with the six-hour time change.

     I just wanted to rest. 

    Sitting beside me, however, was one of those talking people, and he kept it up, until we arrived at the airport where I was to change planes to finish the trip home. 

  • Letters to the Editor

    Ironman athletes worth celebrating

    To the editor:

    The Ironman – an inconvenience? 

    We ought to be celebrating these athletes! What an accomplishment! Swimming, biking and running for 8 to 16 hours or more. Anybody who does that is remarkable in my book.                                     

  • Big & green

    Homes showcased in Homearama are touted as “green” and “conservation developments.”

    Yeah, right.

    The homes are beautiful, enviable and creative, but let’s be clear. 

    They’re not green. 

    There’s no such thing as a 7,800-square foot green home.

  • 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.