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Today's Opinions

  • Tax benefits possible for rural landowners

    As part of a tax bill negotiated in January of this year, Congress extended until December 31 the enhanced tax benefit that helps all of us who are interested in protecting working family farms, clean water and natural areas. The law enhances the federal tax benefits for landowners who donate voluntary conservation agreements to organizations like Shelby Area Rural Conservation, Inc. These agreements also provide a win-win solution for protecting natural resources important to the community while keeping land in productive private ownership.

  • Disappointed with hearing

    I was disappointed with the Oldham County School Board Tax hearing that was held on August 29th.   

    From the moment the meeting started, the tax increase appeared to be a forgone conclusion.   The attendance was sparse; perhaps a meeting that was held at 6 pm on a Thursday and poorly advertised (yes OCSD advertised it twice per state guidelines) – the last advertisement being on page A13 in the Oldham Era right above the Dog Grooming and the Grave Stone advertisements the day of the meeting. But it really didn’t matter.  

  • TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT AT THE NEXT GAME

    Tailgating season is upon us.  College football comes to mind when you think of tailgating, but many sporting events have tailgating - professional, college, and high school football, soccer, and baseball and also auto racing, horse shows, three day eventing, etc. 

  • Not the right place for Ironman

    How does the Ironman Triathlon benefit our community?  There has to be cost in totally shutting down our roads and putting the police there to make sure we don't drive our cars anywhere near the bikers.

    Here in Goshen, we have St. John UMC and Riverside Christian Church that have to have a Saturday night service.  Riverside cancels Sunday and St. John adds a Saturday and has one Sunday service and no Sunday school.

  • BE ALERT AND ATTENTIVE

    The ring of my cell phone is a cue for me to be alert.  When I watch a musician, I am reminded of the importance of focused attention.  Greeting a family member, friend or colleague, I vow to be attentive to his or her needs today.

    Attention or alertness is also known as mindfulness, concentration, and recollection.  We must stay alert or we risk missing critical elements in life – moments of grace, opportunities for gratitude, evidence of our connections to others, times of inspiration.  

  • NEW PLACE, NEW FACE, PLENTY OF STORIES

    For the past week, I’ve been driving around Oldham County as just another face in a place people apparently call the OC? I’m still trying to find the beach.

    We could start from the beginning, but that was 25 years ago and I don’t remember much of it. So we’ll start with this: I’m a lifelong Kentuckian who has made his way to “The OC” to write about the faces, places and people that make up these communities.

  • Comprehensive Plan “ADU ‘s” = Rental Houses or Apartments

    Did you know Oldham County’s Single-Family Zone is a “designated infill” area for affordable rental apartments or secondary dwellings?  ADU’s are built on one lot with a primary residence.  Magistrates declined to adopt the proposed Comprehensive Plan for that reason.   They think “single” should mean one.

  • Admiration for Ironman athletes

    Ironman 2013 has lasped into history!

    While it is true that some people were inconvenienced, and while it may be true that some people believed the police were rude to them, and while some people may have believed that bikers had no right to be on their road when they wanted to be there, it was an absolute awesome display of courage, committment, dedication, and athletic prowess.

    In today's world of mediocrity, I wonder how many readers of this newspaper would, or even could, attempt to try what these 3000+ athletes did!.