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Today's Opinions

  • When you say goodbye

    “Jesus Wept.”

    John 11:35

    I wrote a small piece in the paper a few weeks ago to my Aunt Clarine on the loss of her husband of 58 years. I didn’t expect that only three weeks later, a double tragedy would come to her doorstep.

  • Community theatre is all about community

    The last show in the Central Kentucky Community Theatre’s 2009-10 season is almost upon us; “Annie” opens on Aug. 20. Our 2010-2011 season is scheduled, though we’ve had a few exciting last-minute changes. (For instance, we’re doing “Hairspray” in April! Yay!)

  • Reader speaks out on High Street issues

    To the Editor,

    I’m writing in regards to the article in the paper where High Street residents attended the city council meeting voicing their opinions about High Street.

    I do not live on High Street, so I can’t say what’s going on, except what I see when I go through, and it looks almost like it was years ago when I hung out on High Street. This was just a place to get together with your friends. I imagine some of the residents complaining used to do the same thing. It’s just that they’re too old to do it now.

  • Local bio-refinery project now on hold

    A much-heralded Central Kentucky agri-industry that would have hired about 100 employees and paid area farmers to grow possible new crops is now on hold.

    Back in April of 2008, Alltech, Inc., a global company devoted to animal health and nutrition, announced it would convert the vacant Springfield Tobacco Redrying Company building into a biorefinery, turning farm crops into petroleum.

    Based in nearby Nicholasville, Alltech had just learned it qualified for a $30 million matching grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and $8 million in Kentucky state tax incentives.

  • What I learned from Junior Miss

    The Washington County Junior Miss competition finished up last week. Miss Anna Pettus took a well-earned first place. The 13 girls were all beautiful, and the program they put on would make anyone, not just a relative, proud of our young women. My hat is off to all involved in this production of talent, poise, and athletic dance routines. I can’t imagine all the work involved behind the scenes.

    I had never been to one of these programs before in its 35-year history. I really wouldn’t have been to this one except that my daughter, Brenda, competed in it.

  • Special session brings sensible decisions

    The 2010 Special Session closed with the passage of a two-year budget, a road plan, and an unemployment insurance bill.  After much public pressure, the House Majority agreed to a responsible budget without job-killing taxes and significantly decreased state debt.  It is a fiscally-conservative budget that reflects the common-sense values of Kentucky families who are struggling in this economy.  State government is not, and should not be, immune from the same challenges.   In this vein, the General Assembly also put a plan in place to pay back the federal government

  • Readers Write: Cemetery improvements appreciated by families, visitors

    Dear Editor,

  • The Far Banks of Jordan

    If it proves to be his will that I am first to go

    And somehow I’ve a feeling it will be

    When it comes your time to travel likewise don’t feel lost

    For I will be the first one that you’ll see.

    Lyrics to The Far Banks of Jordan

    A few weeks ago I went to spend the afternoon with a woman who had lost her husband of 58 years a few weeks prior.

    Fifty-eight years of marriage. Can you imagine that?