Today's Opinions

  • Borrowing from tomorrow to pay for today is wrong

    The State Senate adjourned Thursday night having signed the Senate Committee Substitute to House Bill 1, legislation to resolve the Medicaid budget shortfall. Without even a need for a conference committee, the bill passed the House of Representatives overwhelmingly with only two no votes.

  • Are you out of your mind, or is it March Madness?

    What causes us — normally restrained, responsible people with jobs and families — to lose our minds, whoop and holler, jump up and down, pump our fists in the air, and shout “Yes!” as we high five each other?
    It’s March Madness, of course, the NCAA Division I basketball tournament, which results in the national champion. If your team didn’t make it, you can find a favorite. For me, it’s usually an underdog — and with the bracket Kentucky had to claw through this year, they surely qualify as one.

  • A witness to atomic power

    Japan’s recent massive earthquake and apocalyptic tsunami have almost been overshadowed by the nuclear power plant catastrophe that resulted. In fact, it seems that the fear of leaked radiation into the atmosphere has caused near hysteria, though as of yet no one has died from its effects, while untold thousands have died from the two natural disasters that occurred first.

  • Daylight saving time

    Daylight saving time (DST) --- how’s that working for you?
    Apparently it’s not so good for many of us. According to a study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, DST may not be the best thing for our health, since it comes as such a jolt to our cardiovascular systems.

  • Church in the valley

    Every now and then you need to take some time and be renewed in your walk with God. You need to stop these hectic lives we live and think about the real future. I’m not talking about here on Earth. I’m talking about when you meet God face to face.

  • Readers Write: Prayers for Japan

    Japan, we are thinking of you today. Here is my heart.
    I awoke this morning and turned on the light; thinking about thousands of Japanese who have no light switch left to turn on.  For those who do, flipping the lifeless switch means nothing because they have no power.  Oh God, we pray for those who remain in darkness.

  • Learn basic cooking skills

    If you want to get your hands busy, then 4-H can show you how.  Want to learn to cook, rewire a lamp, plant a vegetable garden, raise a rabbit? 4-H can provide you the opportunity to learn how.

  • An act of God?

    “Frightening beyond belief. I have no words.”
    Resident of Sendai, Japan, tsunami victim

    Most of us who saw the telecasts of the tsunami’s destruction in Japan could understand that man’s reaction to the horror of the cataclysmic event. Your jaw drops. Your eyes widen. You have no words.