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Today's Opinions

  • Judge's ruling on pipeline: Playing field leveled

     The decision out of Franklin Circuit Court that the Bluegrass Pipeline does not have the power of eminent domain shows that, at least in one branch of government, private citizens’ rights are still important.

    In his summary judgment against Bluegrass Pipeline, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip J. Shepherd ruled March 25 that the pipeline was not “in public service,” and therefore not eligible to have the government seize private property against the will of landowners.

  • LETTER: Questions remain about crash

    Questions remain

    On Jan. 29, my family suffered a tragic loss. My son and daughter lost the father they dearly loved.

    “Blue” Thomas Underwood was killed in an auto accident on Ky. 61 in front of the LaRue County Golf Course.

    Many questions remain about how the accident occurred. I write this letter as an appeal to anyone who witnessed the accident or was traveling on the roadway behind either vehicle.

  • COLUMN: Jeremy Williams shares his survivor story

     At age 21 what were you doing?

    I had started my career, enjoyed playing basketball, racing cars, and riding 4-wheelers. One day all those things came to a halt when cancer became part of my life.

    My name is Jeremy Williams. I grew up in Buffalo, in a good home with great parents, Mike and Marcia Williams. They took me to church every time the doors were open; that helped lay my foundation for a faith that was going to be tested in a major way.

  • LETTER: Some real snow

    I am a subscriber of your newspaper even though I live in Illinois. I enjoy reading your newspaper especially reading about your snowfall.

    I thought you would enjoy hearing about Illinois’ snowfall. We have received 78.8 inches of snow so far.

    Enclosed are photos of our snow. I hope you enjoy them.

    Martha Bianco

    Leland, Ill.

  • LETTER: Support HB 31

    Do we live in a democracy? The dictionary defines a democracy as a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.

    The passage of HB 31 by the House was an indication of democracy at work – a case of private property rights versus corporate interests. This bill prohibits the use of eminent domain by developers of hazardous natural gas liquids pipelines.

  • COLUMN: School board considered several factors in decision

     As was reported in The LaRue County Herald News last week, the LaRue County Board of Education voted to make June 4, 2014 closing day for students.  Graduation will be Friday, June 6.

    Despite missing 13 days of school, a full week of Spring Break is intact and everyone is off Memorial Day.

  • LETTER: Smell, begone

     In reference to Linda’s Lines, recommending tomato juice to kill skunk smell:

    Heloise says to forget the tomato juice and use or mix one quart bottle of peroxide, one-fourth cup of baking soda and a few drops or tablespoon of dishwashing detergent and wash items with the mix.

    It sure works for my husband. He tried it on our dog.

    Smell begone.

    Maxine French

    Hodgenville

  • Clarification needed to protect property rights

    Last March a land agent showed up at my door to inform me that two private companies wanted to install a pipeline for natural gas liquids on my farm. It would originate in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and join with an existing pipeline in Hardinsburg, which would link it to Louisiana. I was shocked and told the man I was not overjoyed with that news. But his response set me back even farther when he stated that they felt their project would have eminent domain power, meaning they could come through my property whether I like it or not.