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Today's Opinions

  • Check that voting record

    A letter writer (Sentinel-News, Sept. 24) said to check the candidate's voting record. Well, I'd already been there and done that. Now you need to ask the incumbent Rep. Brad Montell why he voted as he did on the following:

  • Thanks

    We want to thank everyone who participated in the benefit for Tom and Vicky wise. Words cannot express the appreciation that we have. From the donation of the facility, all of the individuals and businesses that donated food, money, and items for the auction and all of the volunteers working the fish fry, this would not have been possible without you. In our time of need, it is a wonderful feeling to know that there are so many people and businesses that are willing to lend a helping hand. That's what made this benefit so special. We were asking for help, and everyone we asked responded.

  • A hurricane in Shelby? Been there, done that

    So I'm sitting in the upstairs bedroom of my home two Sundays ago, getting ready for my first full day at work in Shelby County.

    I feel the building sort of shaking, the wall beside me vibrating, the wind whistling and, out the window, I see oak trees bending like palms.

    The wind had been blowing hard all morning, but this was ridiculous.

    My wife and I had been glued to the Weather Channel for several days, getting our fix of Hurricane Ike's battering of the Gulf Coast, so TV was tuned when we sprang from our bed to see to see what was the matter.

  • A crumbling American dream

    We seem these days to have too much government without any common-sense approach to correct anything.

    Both parties in Congress keep making laws that favor corporations, which don't hesitate to put money where it's to their benefit. Their own needs are met and executed in a way that leaves no possible way a man trying to start a small business has a chance.

  • This new gig offers a chance to come home

    Some of you will know the name, a few will recognize some semblance of the face and too many will remember things from my younger days I wish you would forget.

    But, for better or worse, I am home.

    You may have read recently that the Sentinel-News was getting a new editor and that the guy was a native who was returning from nearly four prodigal decades in the newspaper business.

    And today I want to re-introduce that man to you: Please meet me.

  • Ovarian Cancer

    September is Ovarian Cancer awareness month. The American Cancer Society predicts 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the United States and that 15,000 women will die from this disease. In Kentucky, new cases of ovarian cancer each year are around 320. It is the 5th most common cancer among women, and it is the most deadly of all gynecologic cancers. The five-year survival rate for all women is approximately 46%. However, survival rates improve greatly to 93% if it is diagnosed at an early stage before it spreads. Many women have not symptoms until the cancer is advanced.

  • Simple is best

    Having just returned from a delightful -- and exhausting -- trip to Chicago, I spent Monday evening pondering the feasibility of temporal displacement.

    Time travel may be the stuff of fiction -- at least for now -- but there is no doubt that the clock is moving too fast.

    As a result, we often try to cram too many activities into a short amount of time, thinking we can "beat the clock." Even if we succeed, it beats us as well.

    "Beat" is an accurate term to describe my physical state when I got home from the airport Monday afternoon.

  • Voting advice

    The political campaign season is in full swing and again I find myself asking that you do your best to elect the best candidate.

    If you have not already, you will soon begin to get calls telling you how you should vote. You have and will continue to be told on TV and by radio how you should vote. You may be told by a family member, friend or most anyone how you should vote. You may even be told by your newspaper how you should vote. I would like to tell you how you should vote, but I won't.