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Today's Opinions

  • 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?”

  • A penny saved is a one-night stay

    I’m not rich, and I can’t toss money around like it’s nothing, but I must admit that I don’t think much of a penny. If I drop one, I probably won’t bend over to pick it up, and if I get a penny or two coming back in change at a store, I’ll probably leave it in case someone else needs it later. You just can’t buy much for a penny, can you?

  • Us, we, and them

    Sports fans - boy, we sure love our teams, don’t we?

    I’ve always loved my favorites - the Kentucky Wildcats, the Cincinnati Reds, the New York Yankees and Indianapolis Colts - but it dawned on me over the weekend just how personally many of us fans take wins and losses.

  • Readers Write: April is Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month

    Dear Editor,

    April is Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month. The Washington County Homemakers are once again sponsoring the Blue Ribbon Campaign.