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Today's Opinions

  • Support appreciated

    I appreciate all the support, prayers, and encouragement that many of you have expressed over the past year since my IRS issue became public. I would like to give a summary of my findings over the past decade on the issue of income taxes. My purpose is to protect the future of our brothers, sisters, wives, children and houses (Nehemiah 4:14).

    There are four important components of federal taxation: Constitution; courts; Internal Revenue Code; and Internal Revenue Service.

  • Relay: Standing together is the best way to defeat a bully

    It’s tough to fight a bully.

    He doesn’t play fair. He hides and sneaks up on you. He intimidates you and your family.

    The bully doesn’t care if you have attempted to live a clean and inoffensive life – or if you have children or grandchildren – or if you have done absolutely nothing to deserve his attention.

    Without rhyme or reason, the bully will pick on your children and grandchildren. Your wife. Your husband.

    He’ll put you through the wringer again and again.

    This bully has a name. Cancer.

  • Underage drinking is costly to taxpayers

    We are nearing the time where many young people will celebrate a lifetime of accomplishments as they graduate from high school and move toward their life goals. Family and friends will gather together for a festive occasion to commemorate this awesome milestone.

    Traditionally, this is also a time when alcohol enters into the mix and brings tragic results for all involved. Alcohol is the most commonly used drug among American youth and it kills 5,000 teens every year.

  • 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.