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Today's Opinions

  • A dramatic change of circumstances

    Several years ago, the following letter was reportedly sent to a resident of Greenville County, S.C.:  “Your food stamps will be stopped, effective March 1992, because we received notice that you passed away.  May God bless you.  You may reapply if your circumstances change.”

  • What we think: Passing the boot can be dangerous

    A sure sign of spring is the first sighting of a group of people wearing similar shirts and holding up buckets for donations at an intersection near you.

    They’re there for good causes – they always are – but they’re also there at some peril, and that should require more scrutiny.

    Primary locations for those gathering days are the arteries leading to and from Interstate 64, and therein lies the problem: The traffic is just a little too jammed for this practice to be safe.

  • The brilliance of the fool

    "A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road." ~ Henry Ward Beecher

     People are sad.

  • We congratulate: FDA for its good step on dead-animal problem

     The Food & Drug Administration made a good decision last week when it said it would delay for 60 days its new requirements for how large animals can be disposed. This rule, which was scheduled to take effect in April, stated that the brain and spinal cord had to be removed before dead animals older than 30 months could be transported.

  • We’re all coming down with a bad case of Madness

    A pandemic is overcoming us, spreading quickly. Many already have succumbed, and it’s only a matter of time before it affects you, too.

    For there is no more infectious disease – especially in Kentucky – than that familiar malady called March Madness.

    Only a small percentage of you got sick from eating bad ham or, worse, spending a night in jail. But almost the entire population is stricken with the Madness, to some extent or another. Some started showing the disease as early as October, with symptoms growing increasingly severe.

  • Our industry is changing but it will live on

    A few years ago I had the honor to be on the cover of Editor & Publisher, a decades-old trade magazine that has been a key source of information about our newspaper industry.

    Let me be clear that this was not akin to appearing on People or GQ, but two of my colleagues at the Orlando Sentinel – the Managing Editor and the VP/Product Development -- and I smiled broadly at the camera as poster c

  • What we think: Name for school is an A+ idea

    We will avoid passing judgment on the way the Shelby County School Board handled the idea of outsourcing its after-school program to the YMCA.

    We simply will say that the board gets an A for imagination and a D in classroom participation. Its communication with affected families on this issue was non-existent, and the fact that the administration didn’t anticipate the outrage would merit detention.

  • You can take the boy out of the country, butee

    When we were first married, my wife, Rhonda, and I lived on the south end of Louisville (the Iroquois Park/Fairdale areas).  Generally speaking, the folks that live in those areas would fit very nicely into a Jeff Foxworthy routine, and we fit in rather well with them.

    One Christmas, we and a few other couples decided to go out for a night of high culture, which for us normally meant an evening at the softball park followed by pizza, or if we were really feeling sophisticated, bowling and dinner at Po’ Folks or Big Boy.