Today's Opinions

  • PUBLISHER: Community is more than a word

    Community is a word too often thrown around without much thought to its meaning in regard to the human element it connects.
    NBC television launched a sitcom called “Community” to parody the humor of small town America and the typecast personalities often found among elected officials, neighbors and local businesses.
    It seems to me that the rest of the fast-moving “big world” defines community as a thing of lore or of some black and white rerun of a fictional Mayberry.

  • SUPERINTENDENT: 2012-13 school year off to a great start

    The 2012-13 school year is off to a great start. We are into our first full month of school and we are pleased with the smooth beginning to what promises to be a successful and exciting school year. 

    The professionals at every level of our organization are to be commended for the hard work and attention to detail that resulted in a tremendously smooth opening of school this year. 

  • LETTER: ‘Massie acts as if he already has the job’

    To the editor:
    On Nov. 6, the now-vacant 4th District Congressional seat previously held by Congressman Geoff Davis will be on the ballot twice – once to fill the remainder of U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis’ term, and again for the next full congressional term.
    There is much discussion in the media about apathy and disinterest among voters, and the best way to engage them in the upcoming election is to offer opportunities to attend and participate in a live debate on the issues, particularly in an open seat where little or nothing is known about either candidate.

  • LETTER: Oldham County's horn of plenty is empty

    To the editor:
    In November 1959, Kentucky voted in a 3 percent sales tax to cover veterans’ bonuses and schools.
    Now, the sales tax is 6 percent. Then the lottery was going to end tax increases for schools. Jefferson County just voted in a hefty tax increase, and I expect  Oldham County will follow suit because we will need new schools in 50 years on the gold-plated property they just bought.

  • CARTOON: A tacky display for Ironman
  • LETTER: Emergency crews give expert, thoughtful care

    To the editor:
    On Aug. 17, I needed to utilize the services of the South Oldham Fire Department and Oldham County EMS.
    The reason why is not important. What is important is the quality of services provided by the staff.
    Initially I wanted my wife to drive me to the emergency room, but on the way, it soon became apparent that I needed immediate assistance. We stopped at the South Oldham Fire station to seek help.
    That was one of the best decisions we ever made.

  • LETTER: Fix La Grange traffic one project at a time

    To the editor:
    Regarding The Era’s article about the traffic problems on Ky. 53 in La Grange, “Fender-benders on First,” Aug. 23, 2012.
    The article talks about a new overpass connecting Allen Lane to New Moody Lane to be completed in 2015, and that should reduce traffic on Ky. 53.
    The article also talks about plans to make major changes on Ky. 53 to help improve traffic flow.

  • LETTER: ‘Gentlemen’s agreement’ shouldn’t decide county jail’s future

    To the editor:
    I was dismayed to read about the deplorable conditions of the Oldham County Jail — and, while I think that topic begs the question of how things were let to become so bad in the first place, the bigger question still exists of how to proceed.
    The current Oldham County jail has 115 beds, and yet it houses an average of only 30-35 Oldham County inmates.
    We cannot fill the existing space to capacity with just the local offenders, so why are we trying to recruit more alleged lawbreakers into our county?