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Today's Opinions

  • Lauran

    “Look through the windshield, not the rearview mirror.”

    Lauran’s favorite quote

    Washington County High School had its graduation a couple of weeks ago.  There were 143 graduates, and I’m sure each had a story to tell.  But none could be more compelling or inspiring than Miss Lauran Elizabeth Yates’ journey to that special night.  

  • Sen. Kelly looks at special session

    The governor has called the General Assembly back to a Special Session to address the budget shortfall.  Under our state constitution, only the governor can call a special session, and he alone determines what can be considered.  If there is a lack of consensus, the General Assembly determines when to adjourn.   In addition to the budget issue, the governor has added to the call the Indiana-Kentucky bridges legislation, and an economic development package that includes incentives to attract new industry and economic development to Kentucky, including the National Allianc

  • Remember to 'Click It or Ticket'

    For anyone who complains about getting a ticket for not buckling up when driving or riding in a motor vehicle, here’s a crash course in reality:

    • 826 people were killed on Kentucky’s roadways in 2008.

    • 55 percent of those killed were not wearing a seat belt.

    When worn correctly, seat belts are proven to reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat occupants by 45 percent and by 60 percent in pickup trucks, SUVs and minivans.

  • Remembering George

    I didn’t know George Yocum very well.

  • Lessons from God

    Jesus Christ was the ultimate storyteller, and he did it through what they call “parables.”   The parable leads the listener to one important moral lesson that can’t be denied or rationalized away.  

    I think God sent me a parable to live out this last year.

    Let me tell you about it.

  • What more needs to be said?

    If I were God, I would create humans with rewind buttons on their mouths or a 10-second delay device.

    We tend to say some really dumb things.

    Once I met a man at a gym who said he’d been a bodybuilder for 48 years. Since he wasn’t all Hulk Hoganish, I asked, “When did you stop?”

    Although he laughed, he looked at me with a combined horrified amazement as if to say, “I can’t believe you said that!”

  • S. Willey: Personal Grooming Assistant

    My 80-year-old New York City personal advisor, Mr. S. Willey, is riding around the country visiting all of his clients.  He stopped by my house last week to see me and pass out some of his sage wisdom.  I know everyone can’t have a personal advisor, so I thought I’d let you in on what he had to say during his visit.

    Yep, I remember it like it was yesterday, mainly because it was.  There was a knock at the front door and…

    “Mr. Willey, come on in!  What a surprise!”

  • Judges should apply the law, not make it from the bench

    The highest court in the land has an opening. With Justice David Souter’s retirement, President Obama will nominate and the Senate will debate the confirmation of someone new to take his place.

     It is no secret to anyone who has followed my career that I believe the role of a judge is to apply the law as written, not create law from the bench. Perhaps the best expression of this sentiment is found in the oath of office every federal judge in America, by law, must take. That oath reads: