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Today's Opinions

  • Traditions tie us to our past

    The days leading up to Christmas were exciting times as a kid. We’d watch in anticipation, as mom would drag out boxes of decorations and begin to transform our home into a Christmas wonderland with garlands around every window, wreaths on every door, and a Christmas village that appeared as though it’s population could rival that of Elizabethtown.

  • Homeward Bound

    I travelled back to Rockcastle County last weekend to see my family and help my mom decorate for Christmas.

    I lived in Rockcastle all of my life until I moved up here in June 2015. It’s amazing how time flies by and I have already been here for almost one and one-half years.

  • The Value of Clean Water

    By Terry Mills

    Other than during a rare boil-water advisory, most of us don’t think twice when we turn on the faucet.  We just expect clean and plentiful water to be there.

    For about 95 percent of Kentuckians, that’s exactly what we get each and every day from the 400-plus public and community water systems that serve the commonwealth. These systems meet or exceed health-based standards at an incredible rate of 99.73 percent.

  • The war on Thanksgiving
  • Looking to the light while in the dark

    To say these past couple of weeks have been hard... would be a huge understatement.

    There is no need for me to restate the horrible news that has shaken the core of our school system and community. The devastating news has taken a toll on me personally and it’s made it harder for me to focus on my job.

  • ...You better have a good moral to the story

    I don’t know very many people who don’t like a good story. One of my favorite music artists, John Prine, once said during a performance of a song “There’s one thing I’ve learned about writing story songs: If you are writing story songs you better have a good ending. And if you don’t have a good ending, you better have a darn good moral to the story.” In his typical humor he then concludes the song, Bottomless Lake, with a moral to the story.

  • Serving in memory, honor of a friend

    Dear Editor,

    Twenty Years ago on February 11, 1997, the town of New Haven, Kentucky said goodbye to one of its sons. Michael J. Cecil was tragically injured during a training exercise with the U.S. Marine Corp at Parris Island in South Carolina. His loss was felt across the small community, not only because at the time his mother, Tessie Cecil, was mayor, but also because his dedication to volunteering with the New Haven/Rolling Fork Fire Department.

  • Using your GL to find fraud

    A good portion of my career has been spent working with businesses to help identify financial fraud. My area of expertise was usually around technology and automated financial systems.

    Your General Ledger (GL) is a good place to start looking if you suspect fraud. The GL is, in a way, a mystery story.

    In the case of fraud, the GL is awaiting you to reveal the perpetrator. It can tell stories of fraud, manipulation and betrayal. Unfortunately, few people know how to read the signs.