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Today's Opinions

  • Christmas in a Shoebox worth the effort

    It’s that time of year again when we are given the wonderful opportunity to provide Christmas for a child who otherwise will receive no gifts — maybe not even know it is Christmas or about Christmas — maybe has never heard of Jesus. The public is invited to pack all of Christmas possible into a shoebox or pack a couple or many; and share our love and the love of Jesus with a child perhaps in North America or in the remotest parts of the earth.

  • Opposes proposed Internet restrictions

    This week, the FederalCommunicatios Commission is diving into a debate on an issue that could negatively impact the future of the Internet.       

    These meetings about so-called net neutrality regulations are taking place in Washington, D.C., but their ramifications will be felt across the Commonwealth if the FCC is successful in putting onerous new rules on the Internet.

  • Supports a federal carbon tax

    While some members of Congress sing the praises of cap-and-trade to combat climate change, I wonder if they have even bothered to look across the Atlantic Ocean to see how the same system has worked in Europe.

    Europe started a cap-and-trade system in the 1990s and studies show it has done next to nothing to stop the emission of greenhouse gasses.

  • Drive Smart Kentucky

    Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults in the U.S. Here in Kentucky, statistics from the Transportation Cabinet show that drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 were involved in more than 26,000 collisions in 2008, resulting in 141 fatalities. Seventy-percent of those killed were teenagers. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, 16-year-old drivers are more than twice as likely to be involved in fatal crashes as older drivers.

  • Breast cancer rates show gaps in races

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among women in the U.S. according to a new American Cancer Society report, Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2009-2010.

  • Patriotic pride, without fear

    I received an e-mail the other day and I wanted to share it with you. I checked out the story to verify it was true before I shared it. I love this lady’s patriotism and spunk.

  • Language lives and can harm

    What seems like a very long time ago, I studied Latin–for two years in high school. I also studied German in high school for a year and French for two years in college. I’m no good at any of them.

    Life experiences indicate that such studies were beneficial even though my memory for names is porous indeed. Any knowledge of another language surely puts one’s first language in perspective. Further, English has a lot of roots in Latin and other languages both in its general structure and numerous words.

  • Gambling lobby’s tactics criticized

    In the relentless campaign to bring the most predatory form of gambling to the Commonwealth, it appears the gambling lobby has traded horse racing for the more brutal sport of kings — bear-baiting.

    The malicious bloodsport, popular in England during the reign of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, pitted well-trained hunting dogs against a bear chained to a post, often with his teeth and claws removed. The nobility cheered on the dogs and jeered at the “vicious” bear trying to defend himself.