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Opinion

  •  Is it true that if you don’t pay a business or individual for a product you purchased or a service you received, and that debt is not collected for or had been forgiven, then that is consider income for that person that owed the bill, and that amount should be reported as income on your yearly income taxes?

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    The best person to ask is your tax advisor or attorney, if you are in this situation.

    We found the following on IRS.gov:

  • It’s important to understand a question before formulating an answer.

    State Auditor Adam Edelen made several questions very clear last week about Kentucky’s special taxing districts after his office spent six months developing a report on what it calls ghost governments.

    Among them: What is a special taxing district? How many exist in Kentucky? Who oversees them?

    How does the public get information about how they spend public money?

    What’s the process for dissolving a district?

  •  Less funding for schools. No employee pay raises. Service cutbacks for people in need. Construction projects cancelled. Job-creating programs put on hold. Still higher college tuition.

    These and other stark developments could become Kentucky’s future if the state fails to take decisive action to address a huge unfunded liability in its public employee pension plans.

  •  I voted for write-in candidate Roseanne Barr for President in the Nov. 6 election. Why wasn’t this reported in the newspaper?

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    Before a write-in vote can be counted on Election Day, the candidate must have filed to run in the state of Kentucky. The deadline to file as a write-in candidate in the Nov. 6 election was Oct. 26, according to the Secretary of State’s website.

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    We can get our national news on cable television, catch the weather on local broadcast stations, listen to talk radio on the AM or FM dial and follow our favorite blogs on the Internet, but where do we turn for local information that directly impacts our daily lives? More often than not it is community newspapers.

    Technology has transformed how we gather information in the 21st Century. Newscycles run 24/7, tablets and laptops are becoming smaller and smart phones keep getting smarter.

  •  Now that McDonalds has two ordering speakers, should you follow the directions painted on the drive-thru pavement then go to the available speaker or should you go around the cars in line to advance to the second ordering speaker?

  •  Why did the City purchase new carpet for the civic center when it is used mostly during the summer showing movies?

     

    The carpet in the Civic Center was decades old and “very stained,” according to City Clerk MaDonna Hornback.

    The building is rented out throughout the year to various groups and hosts dignitaries at times, including the governor.

    The carpet cost $7,000.

     

  •  One of my favorite stories is the one where my friend Mike announced that he had given up pride for Lent.

    He was so proud of his decision, couldn’t wait to start. Just knew he’d nail it.

    That was about seven or so years ago and we still laugh about it.

  •  Why are there tombstones behind Smith’s Plaza?

  •  On the trail of Andy Griffith …

  • Sometimes you just never know when you will run into a life-changing moment.

    One for me came earlier this month as I was heading west on U.S. 62 and a car parked in Elizabethtown Memorial Gardens caught my eye. It was the only car I could see over the vastness of the cemetery on this day.

    The grass at the cemetery I imagine was soggy from nearly 4 inches of rain the day before. But there sat a man, I would guess somewhere between 65 and 80 years of age, in a chair by a grave.

    It was a stunning picture.

  •  Where would we be today without 4-H clubs and other associated programs? 

  •  This week the LaRue County Fair is going strong. Growing up as I did in a small town, it wasn’t a question of “if” you were going to the county fair but “when” you were going.

    There will be everything there from cows and sheep, to cotton candy and elephant ears, to thrill rides and babies. There will be makeup and mud, tractors and tiaras, tomatoes and mules, a few good ole boys and a lot of good ole gals having a great time.

  •  I noticed a lot of blackberries on the property of the LaRue County Environmental and Education Research Center on Leafdale Road. Is the public allowed to pick them?

     

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     “Pick them while they last,” said Bob Sims, director of community and economic development and overseer of the Research Center.

    The park hours are sun-up to sundown. You are advised to use protection for ticks.

  •  I noticed you wrote about eradicating cattails in your column last week. 

  •  Any idea why so many dogwood trees in the area are dying?

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    According to The Land Steward website http://www.landsteward.org, flowering dogwood trees are dying from anthracnose, a disease caused by a fungus.

    According to the website, “the first sign of infection can often be seen on the leaves, where you might see tan spots that develop purple rims. Leaves may also have necrotic veins and leaf margins, and large necrotic blotches.

  • I feel that one of the county offices is violating nepotism laws. How do I file a complaint?

     

    LaRue County has an Ethics Commission that investigates alleged wrong-doing by officials. Hodgenville Attorney James T. Whitlow is the chairman. Other members are Don Whelan and Peggy Hawkins.

    The committee meets after a complaint has been filed and usually, the findings are available through an open records request. (Some personal information may be redacted.)

    Whitlow said the commission has not received a recent complaint.

  • I saw and heard what appeared to be World War II airplanes flying between Buffalo and Mount Sherman last Tuesday. Any idea what is going on?

     

    Several restored World War II commemorative aircrafts were on display last week at the Bardstown-Nelson County Airport, according to The Kentucky Standard.

    It was part of the American Navion Society National Convention, an annual event where pilots throughout the country gather to showcase their historic planes.

  •  Are you on Pinterest?

    “What’s that?” you ask. Oh, honey, where have you been?

    Pinterest is an online bulletin board/scrap book/wish list site where you “pin” pictures of things you see elsewhere on the Web that you like.

    Puppies and kittens and fluffy clouds, cupcakes from Sprinkles in New York, sandals on sale at DSW, the beach at Turks and Caicos.

  •  Another official has disappointed us – or lived up to our expectations – depending on which side of the political fence you’re standing.