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Today's Opinions

  • Smoke and fog, not evidence

    Booming voice. Smoke and fog. We all remember watching Dorothy and her friends quaking over the power and might of the Wizard of Oz. But it was Dorothy’s little terrier, Toto, who forever dispelled the myth of the Wizard.

    Behind all the big talk, smoke and fog was one very normal man from Kansas who also wanted to return to his homeland.

  • Residents have many ways to follow legislative action

    Members of the public are welcome to attend legislative committee meetings and floor sessions while lawmakers are at the State Capitol for the General Assembly’s 2010 session. But there are ways for citizens to stay in touch with the legislative process even if they can’t make the trip to Frankfort.

  • Relay for Life a success

    The 2010 Relay For Life of LaRue County was a huge success. We had 11 sponsors and 16 teams to participate in the overnight event. We were also blessed with wonderful weather all night for the first time in a few years. The total in monies through donations, sponsorships and team efforts was just over $59,000. This community is so loving, caring and dedicated. I truly am blessed to be able to work directly with the community in which I have grown up. I am humbled by actions and dedication of the citizens and businesses in our county.

  • Gilbert's story has another side

    If you’ve been on a jury, you’ll understand evidence in a trial. Each attorney tells you what they think the evidence will prove. However, the evidence usually needs a lot of prop-up support by the attorneys to make any sense at all.

    The article last week about the tax evasion trial explained the one-sided assumption of what the evidence showed.

    I was there and I saw the evidence differently. In closing argument, the government explained what the witnesses had proven, when in fact they had never said such things. Did the jury notice?

  • Boldly question without fear

    On May 19, a front-page article covered Dr. Richard Gilbert’s recent tax case in which he was found guilty of tax evasion. We all pay our income taxes thinking it is our civic duty to do so because, while we hate parting with our money, we know it is going to pay our fair share. I want to clarify what I believe Dr. Gilbert is guilty of by giving a few examples first from the Supreme Court.

  • Gilberts fight the good fight

    Concerning the Gilbert-IRS trial: I have known Richard Gilbert and his family for the past three years and am amazed by the integrity and high moral standards within the family and the way the family works together so harmoniously. There is a love within that family that every home in America should be so fortunate to have.

    They share a spirit of gentleness, kindness, hard work and a willingness to learn. They fight the good fights for freedom and we all should admire them for doing that.

  • Flood help thanks

    Sunday morning, as we monitored the rising water conditions around Athertonville, it became apparent that our only course of action was to evacuate my parents and their neighbors from the path of the rising floodwaters. I would like to express my gratitude to those who came to the rescue in the heavy rainfall as the floodwaters rose to assist the residents of Athertonville.

  • Read the signs, but know your candidate

    It seems that no matter how hard candidates campaign, how many signs they put up, how many ads they buy or how much coverage they receive on the Internet or newspapers, some voters simply do not pay attention.

    It happens on the local level as well as state and national.

    For instance, last week I heard someone talking about long-time jailer Ralph “Mac” Trumbo running for re-election.

    They looked at me strangely when I said, “No, Mac is retiring. It is his son who is running in this election.”