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Today's Opinions

  • Store loyalty cards are no bargain

    Saving money is fine by me, like I’m sure it is by most of you. But one thing I feel is not needed these days is those ridiculous little discount cards you have to carry around to buy things at most stores.

    Almost every store has them, and if you don’t use them, you’re going to pay the price. To save money at some grocery stores, you need to be a “member,” and present your saver card. If not, then the sale price advertised on TV or in the newspaper isn’t for you. Thankfully our local grocers don’t use this practice.

  • Local theatre to perform "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

    The Central Kentucky Community Theatre Youth Actors will present “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the Opera House on the Fridays of April 30 and May 7 at 7 p.m. and on the Sundays of May 2 and May 9 at 2 p.m.

  • Readers Write: Citizens should clean up their own junk

    Dear Editor,

    I have my own opinion on “county-wide cleanup.”  I do not think this is necessary that we have a county-wide cleanup.  Is it beneficial to all of us? Well, of course, but the county didn’t help us accumulate the junk we are wanting to get rid of.  We need to dispose of our own junk in the proper way.  

  • Anonymous Internet posters should show their faces

    I’ve got a real problem with anonymity. There are occasions when someone should remain anonymous, but Internet message boards isn’t one of them.

    I know, I know. The News-Journal allows anonymous comments on its Web site. For the record, I don’t like that either.

    Something about going online under the cover of darkness brings out the worst in people. Or perhaps anonymity allows people to reveal their true nature.

  • Higdon not happy with lack of state budget

    The General Assembly adjourned the 2010 session without finalizing a budget.  It is a matter that has caused much frustration and even anger.  People should be mad.  The fact of the matter is that the Senate would not agree to a fiscally unsound budget proposed by the House that raised over $280 million in taxes and bonded over $1 billion in projects that we cannot afford.

  • A magical Masters moment

    Some moments - unrehearsed, unexpected, perhaps even unintended, become magical -  capturing a feeling, releasing an emotion, finding a destiny, taking on a significance beyond the moment itself.

    Another Masters Golf Tournament has come and gone, now embedded two weeks in history. But Phil Mickelson’s victory will endure as much as for what he did for his wife as for his brilliant performance on the golf course. It was after he won the championship that he seized the moment, and made it magical.

  • READERS WRITE: Reader shares comments on education column

    Dear Editor,

    Major changes in education tend to occur in lurches rather than in incremental baby steps. That’s largely because it takes time to build a consensus about what’s important for our children’s future. The last major lurch was the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) enacted in 1990. Tweaks to KERA during the past 20 years have included changes in testing and more emphasis on reading, math and science.

  • An idea that doesn't work

    “The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.”

    Alfred Whitney Griswold

     

    I’ve been reading with interest the recent push to increase high school graduation rates in Kentucky.  The current idea is to require compulsory schooling to the age of 18, or when the child gets their high school diploma.  

    I think it’s a bad idea.  

    You’re probably asking, “How can that be?  Don’t you care about our kids?  Don’t you care believe in education?”