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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Triple S selling out

    Recent activity on the part of developers by the Triple S Planning and Zoning Board is a direct slap in the face to every citizen they are supposed to serve. I refer to the regulations regarding buffers and landscaping, adopted only two years ago, which are designed to provide protection to established neighborhoods, shielding them from the unsightly appearance of new developments, as well as to provide shading and green space, lessen the inevitable increases in noise and pollution due to added traffic, and offer at least some beneficial balance against the tide of urban encroachment.

  • Respect the countryside

    A few weeks ago I was the subject of a full page photo essay by your reporter, Nathan McBroom. The positive story was about my fiber business here at Sweethaven Farm which I operate with my husband, Jon. We also raise asparagus commercially. As with most feature stories it dwelt on the relative novelty of turning animal fibers (in our case mohair and wool) into yarn and eventually into wearable products. Understandably there is never enough room to discuss the negative side of farming or any farming enterprise. I thank Mr.