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Opinion

  • Say ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to airportTo the editor:

  • At The Oldham Era, sometimes we work a little too hard to show our readers when one of our articles contains opinion content that may not necessarily be supported by the staff of our newspaper.

  • Utilities director responds to articleTo the editor:

  • “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down” highlights The Oldham Era editorial board’s opinions on several local topi

  • In May, the La Grange City Council passed an ordinance calling for a number of changes to its sign ordinance.

  • One of the highlights early in a legislative session is the State of the Commonwealth address, a time when a governor has the full attention of the General Assembly and a statewide audience.This speech gives governors a chance to say where they think Kentucky stands, and what their vision f

  • Risks are great with airport projectTo the editor:On Jan.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The construction of Locust Grove Elementary School is moving forward well ahead of schedule. Located on the East Oldham campus off of Ky. 22, the new school will have a capacity of 700 and open school with about 590 students. With the opening of Locust Grove Elementary School in August, the district’s elementary school crowding will decrease significantly — dropping from our current number of 123 percent to 101.1 percent capacity. The Kentucky Department of Education establishes enrollment capacity numbers for each school.

  • Odds are you don’t know that December is 3-D Month. And if you’re thinking that must have something to do with funny looking cardboard glasses at the movie theaters, well – not so. 3-D month was created by President Ronald Reagan in the early 1980s to increase community awareness of the problems associated with impaired driving and to promote the use of designated drivers. 3-D is short for Drugged, Drunk and Driving Prevention Month. Seven Counties Services’ Prevention Division invites you to join in our efforts to safely celebrate this month.

  • We all need family and friends

    To the editor:

    In looking back over the first six months of the 2007-08 school year, the Oldham County Adult Education Program has come to the conclusion that all of us need family and friends for support, guidance and sometimes to help us along our educational journey.

  • With the 2007 elections now behind us, it is time to turn our attention back to the business of the Commonwealth.

    Last Tuesday, Steve Beshear was sworn in as governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. With the administration of that oath comes the inevitable change associated with a new administration in Frankfort. At this point, there is a great deal of uncertainty about what form that change will take. Some change will be dictated by financial constraints. Others will be dictated by the policy directions of the new governor.

  • We don't get many police cars in our neighborhood, so I'm pretty sure my neighbors were a little curious about the silver Oldham County Police cruiser sitting in my driveway with blue lights flashing. Fear not, citizens. Officer Tom Douglas had arrived to give me a peek into Oldham County law enforcement.