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Today's Opinions

  • Election memories

    Election time brings memories from my childhood, and some make me smile. Others make me reflect on how things are done today, and they make me think the political process has gone to the dogs.

    As a young boy, I remember well spending time with my grandfather.

    He had a good friend who was running for sheriff back in Estill County, where I grew up. I’m not sure how things have changed over the past 35-plus years, but I recall well handing out cards and telling people to vote for Allen Crowe for sheriff.

  • A common cause of rage?

    The driver cut in front of me, honking his horn while sticking his middle finger out his car window, pointing it in my direction.

    “What’s he so mad about?” I remember asking myself.

    I had apparently failed to move fast enough when the light for the right-turn lane signaled green.

    That wasn’t the first time someone had so visibly disapproved of my driving.  I admit I’m not NASCAR driving material. I once had a friend tell me that driving with me was like being a passenger with Mr. Magoo at the wheel.

  • The American love affair

    The other night, I was talking with Timmy McIlvoy at my niece, Brittany‘s, wedding. He’s Cindy’s cousin.

    Yep, my niece is now Mrs. Craig Lyons.

    Very cute couple.

    But I digress.

    I was talking to Timmy and let it slip out that we haven’t really taken a vacation in years.

    “Why, you tight sucker,“ or words to that effect, “I can’t believe you haven’t taken your family on a vacation,” said Timmy.

  • Who’s the real straw man?

    Sometimes seemingly small matters turn out to have bigger implications than you originally thought.

    Take for example the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority’s preliminary approval for state tax incentives for the Noah’s theme park in Northern Kentucky.  It seems like a small matter, especially in light of the fact that the park will likely boost tourism in the area.  

    Who could possibly object to that?

    The Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.

  • Remember the white stallion

    This story took place about five years ago.

    I remember it as if it were only yesterday.

    It began when I said:

    “You know what I’d do, Cindy? We need a lot of room to take everyone on vacation. I’d just mount up the old ‘White Stallion’ and go down to Gatlinburg on it. It’s got more room than the other vans.”

  • LETTER: Addressing rep’s stance on Obama

    Dear editor,
    Never in this great country’s 200-plus years has any legislative branch of Congress filed a lawsuit against a sitting president for actions which it deems as inappropriate and illegal by basically by-passing Congress through the presidential power of ‘executive order.’

    No lawsuit was filed by Congress when Franklin Roosevelt circumvented Congress by issuing an ‘executive order’ to intern over 127,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II.

  • Lessons learned teaching in China

    By David Donathan

    I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to round out my summer by teaching a summer English program at Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University (NAFU) in Yangling, China.

    Although I have been a college professor for many years, I did not anticipate the challenge or sense of professional accomplishment a four-week training session would bring.

  • Where is the love?

    Imagine that your 42-year-old son has died after a four-year battle with a rare disease that has destroyed his internal organs. You are grieving at his casket the night of the wake when an official of the church—the church which earlier in this horrid week approved the ceremony—calls you, informing you that they can no longer honor your request to have the funeral in the church as planned tomorrow.

    “Why?” you ask.

    “Because we found out your son was married…to a man.”