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Today's Opinions

  • Black History Month: Recounting a lesson

    February is Black History Month, probably as good a time as any to let Skip know I'm sorry even if the offense committed against him occurred nearly 50 years ago.

    The memory is as vivid as the permanent stain put on our society by the way black people have been treated for decades.

    My rural Kentucky hometown was probably little different than most other small communities across the South in 1959.

  • Keep farm programs

    Food is our nation's best buy, a better buy than health care and about one-half the cost of housing.

    According to the U. S. Department of Agriculture, by the middle of February, the average American has earned enough to pay their food bill for the year. It takes only 10.9 percent of your disposable income to get the best, most affordable, safest, abundant supply of food in the world. The United Kingdom gets close at 11.2 percent, France at 18 percent, all the way up to the Sudan at 60.5 percent. Imagine having to spend half of your paycheck for food.

  • Our affordable food

    The cost of food in America remains affordable. According to the latest statistics by the USDA Economic Research Service, families and individuals currently spend, on average, just under 10 percent of their disposable income for their food supply for the entire year. It only takes about 37 days to pay for our annual food supply.

    We must work much longer to earn disposable income for health and medical care (52 days), housing and household operation (62 days) and federal taxes (77 days) for the entire year.

  • East Kentucky Power violations

    This letter is in response to an agreed settlement reached in September 2007 between the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the East Kentucky Power Cooperative.

  • Year of new beginnings

    The new year started with a bang. Several bangs. In the first week of 2008, I was offered, and happily accepted a staff writer position with the Sentinel-News. I received my journalism degree from Butler University in Indianapolis a few years ago, and as most journalism majors do, I was struggling to find a job in the field.

    A week after getting the good news, more celebration was in order, as I walked the aisle and married my longtime sweetheart, Stephanie. The following week we were enjoying an incredible honeymoon in Italy.

  • Not just buildings

    I read with great interest the article "Kentucky School Boards A Century of Local Leadership", which appeared in the Wednesday, January 16, 2008, edition of the Sentinel-News. I found it surprising to learn that our school boards have been in existence for 100 years. However, I found the comments from some of our board members even more surprising.

  • Thanks for donations

    Thank you to all who made donations to the "Santa Shop" at Norton Kosair's Children's Hospital, held December 14, 2007. A special thanks to Peggy Tschauner at Shelby-Fit for Life and members there who went over and beyond expectations.

  • Snow days... snow daze

    As I write this column, two of my kids are home enjoying their first snow day of the school year. Snow days are the stuff of dreams and memories. Sort of. This is my vision of an ideal snow day:

    Hop out of beds, 8 a.m. Make beds and start a load of laundry in the washer. Fix healthy muffins for breakfast. Use transfat-free margarine for muffins. Feed and water the dogs.

    Clean up kitchen and put laundry in the dryer, 9 a.m. Visit cheerfully with grandparents over the phone. Sing grandmother a Happy Birthday greeting while on the phone.