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Today's Opinions

  • From the ridiculous, to the stupid

    It always seems as if something breaks down or needs replacing whenever large bills are due.

    If it’s time to pay the homeowner’s insurance premium, then one of our vehicles needs new tires. If it’s time for property tax bills, then the hot water heater goes out. That’s just the way life is.

    Somehow, though, while there might not always be money for the things we want, there always seems to be enough for the things we need.

  • What can this economy teach us?

    Economists agree — banks have too much debt and we, dear Americans, also have too much individual debt.

    In 2008, 25 banks failed in the United States. In just two months this year, 16 banks have failed.

    I heard on National Public Radio last week that Americans now owe $13 trillion on mortgages and credit cards and that’s as much as the country’s GDP, or Gross Domestic Product.

    The GDP is a measurement of the output of goods and services in the country — a picture of the total U.S. economy.

  • Heart health is important all year long

    A killer once stalked me almost snuffing out my young life.

    The deadly force didn’t lurk around corners, sneaking quick peeks or huddle outside the shrubs in front of my house - watching, waiting.

    This frightening phantom was hiding inside my chest, little by little, growing over many years.

    It was coronary heart disease.

    The dreaded slayer takes more lives than any other disease in the U.S. and it had my number.

  • House painters

    My church believes, and probably many others, in a lot of counseling before a couple gets married.

    It’s a good idea.  

    It’s not really counseling.  It’s more like getting to intimately know the person you want to live with forever.  You get into all sorts of areas that never come up in normal dating.  You know, things like money, where are you going to live, how about kids, and so on.

    It’s a great idea.  

  • Donating my body to science, sort of

    A family history of heart disease? Who, me? Of course not.

    My grandfather has had some heart trouble, but he’s in his 80s now. Oh, and my dad and my uncle had some trouble, but they were both heavy smokers prior to their heart problems.

    OK, so I guess this is a “family history” of heart disease, but like most of people, I didn’t want to admit it.

  • S. Willey, Personal Advisor

    Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.

    Mark Twain

     

    Good grief, look how things seem to be falling apart for the old US of A right now.  It’s enough to get you down some.  What do you do in a time like this so you don’t lose hope?  Well, I don’t know about you, but I always like to call up my trusted personal advisor, Mr. S. Willey.  “Slick” to his friends.

  • Counting calories in the drive-thru

    Continuing down the road of bills being proposed in this session of the Kentucky legislature, we find ourselves staring, or rather, glaring, at a bill from Sen. Denise Harper Angel, (D-Louisville). Harper Angel’s bill would require fast food restaurants to post calorie counts on drive-thru menu boards.

    It also applies to burgers and fries, as well as menu items at any restaurant chain with 10 or more locations in the state.

    It has been estimated that drive-thru windows account for 60 to 80 percent of a fast food restaurant’s sales.

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