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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor, Jan. 19, 2011

    Landlords beware

    As a landlord, I've been through evictions before, as I'm sure most of you have. But it is a shame that when you try to help someone, you get stabbed in the back. The fact is that the law is on the renter's side. Renters are given 30 to 60, sometimes even 90 days, to leave the premises. That can add up to a bit of money, and our payments have to be made on time. I won't mention any names.

  • What we think: Intersection patch will help traffic

    So often we address issues involving our roads and raise questions that don’t bring us immediate or sufficient answers, much less remedies to the problems at hand.
    But today we have to give credit for the most recent decision from the state highway department, though some of you believe this solution seemed to be moving in the slow lane. At least it did arrive at the right destination in a relatively timely manner.

  • We congratulate: Forward thinking of commuter rail

    Many will consider the proposal by the new executive director of the Capital Development Corporation in Frankfort, Ralph Tharp, to build a commuter rail system between Louisville and Lexington to be a folly, but we like the concept quite a lot.
    Anything we can do to encourage fewer people to drive our roads and burn less fossil fuel is a plus for our environment and public safety.
    This idea – however you feel about it – certainly serves those missions.

  • There is a little more to that horse story

    When last we left you, we had shared our heartwarming little story of the Paint mare my wife had adopted, which some of you said left you feeling as good as it did us.
    We’ve had smiles and tears and hugs and plenty of handholding through this process, but today, in homage to the great Paul Harvey, we must share “the rest of the story.”
    Page Two.

  • What we think: Tragic shootings bring new fears

    The tragic and traumatic shootings that occurred in Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday leave us  at once in a sad and frightening place.
    For any innocent person to be gunned down is a tragedy. For a respected judge and five bystanders to be left dead and a promising member of Congress critically wounded is a statement.
    And because of that statement, we fear this is a crime with another potential target, too:
    This is an inherent assault on the First Amendment.

  • We congratulate: Sen. Tapp on his retirement

    With the dawning of the new year, so many wonderful deeds have come and gone without a sufficient round of applause.
    So many have given of their time to help others (including in moments of need and tragedy). So many have been willing to serve.
    Many have been praised publicly – including outgoing public servants Cody Armstrong, Betty Curtsinger and George Best – and there’s an upcoming appreciation dinner for retiring state Sen. Gary Tapp.

  • There is a little more to that horse story

    When last we left you, we had shared our heartwarming little story of the Paint mare my wife had adopted, which some of you said left you feeling as good as it did us.
    We’ve had smiles and tears and hugs and plenty of handholding through this process, but today, in homage to the great Paul Harvey, we must share “the rest of the story.”
    Page Two.

  • Letters to the Editor, Jan. 12, 2011

    Smoking ban is good idea

    Our local legislatures, Rep. Brad Montell and Sen. Paul Hornback, said they aren't interested in passing a statewide anti-smoking bill. This bill should be voted on and passed. Why?
    According to the National Cancer Society, secondhand smoke contains over 4,000 chemical compounds of which more than 60 are known or suspected to cause cancer.
    Secondhand smoke in the US each year is responsible for:
    •    An estimated 46,000 non-smokers dying from heart disease.