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Today's Opinions

  • We’ve lost an extraordinary guy with extraordinary talent

    When I was a kid, the hayloft of our big dairy barn became a recreation center for kids from miles around. Day and night for almost any month of the year, boys would flock there to play basketball on the half court of hardwood I had meticulously kept cleared of that pesky hay.

    We even called the place the Cow Palace, but not because it resembled that famed arena in San Francisco.

  • A day to celebrate dishonesty is no kidding matter

     Does it seem strange to you that we devote one day a year to bring attention to the art of lying?

    We try to hold ourselves and each other accountable for honesty and fairness for 364 or 365 days a year, but on April 1 we make a sport of playing pranks, misleading our neighbors and trying to render our friends and families as, well, fools.

  • Bill changes the future of assessment

    Assessments and accountability have been two words synonymous with the Kentucky Education Reform Act that was passed in 1990. That legislation put our state – and our school system – years ahead of others in determining what students should learn and how students are measured on what they were taught.

  • Why doesn’t Easter get the respect it deserves?

    I was singing that beloved Easter ditty “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” to my 2-year-old daughter the other day. She thought it was just great, especially when I inserted her and her brother’s names into the lyrics, and she sang along in much better key than mine.

    As I listened to her, I realized that this was one of the few Easter songs I even knew. We had to repeat it to keep going. There was no Bing Crosby CD to mimic. This was it for a 2-year-old.

  • 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.