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Today's Opinions

  • Be thankful for time with others

    In the past month, I have been to three concerts.

    One was to see Paul McCartney at Great American Ballpark, the best concert I will probably ever see in my life.

    Another was to see four men dressed up as the ‘Fab Four.’

    The final one was to see a classic, the Glenn Miller Orchestra outdoors at Conner Prairie in Fishers, Ind.

    You might be wondering why I would be talking about three concerts in one column.

  • ‘Pill mill’ pipeline must be addressed

    It would be difficult to find a local elected official in Kentucky who doesn’t recognize prescription drug abuse as a major problem in his or her own community.  The facts are staggering.  According to the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy:

    • The abuse of prescription pain relievers is now only second to marijuana.

  • A WORD FROM OUR READERS . . .

    Mann appreciates GCHS Football Boosters
    I would like to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers who make up the Grant County Football Boosters. Because of their hard work the boosters supply 100 percent of the funding for the Grant County Middle School football program and over 80 percent for the Grant County High School football program.

  • Aggravations: I have a few

    Coupons have become big news again.  It seems every 20 years coupons are discovered again as if they had never existed.  Coupons have their own television show.  The big coupon story is how there is a national surge in stealing newspapers to get the paper gold.

    This isn’t new to us and I have written about it before.  We lose about $1,000 every six months to the theft of newspapers from newsstands. 

    We monitored this trend over the past several years that coupons were in our newspaper.

  • Paddle Williamstown is a good way to show off community

    Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner has a good idea and that’s to show the largest lake in Northern Kentucky to folks who enjoy kayaks and canoes.

    So from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m this Saturday, Aug. 27, the lake will be closed to motorized traffic for the first and hopefully, not the last, Paddle Williamstown.

    The event features races, a poker run, Mayor’s brunch and activities for the kids. It should be a good time, weather permitting.
    If you go to the event, here’s a few ideas that might make your participation more enjoyable:

  • A WORD FROM OUR READERS . . .

    Inmate program helped make fair success
    Without the help of several Class D inmates, this year’s fair could not have been the success that it was. A special thank you goes to Terry Peeples, Richard Clise and Steven Skinner for a job far beyond the call. Having them working side by side with us and the inmates made everyone more comfortable and the arrangement was certainly appreciated.

  • Local pharmacists could be next

    The recent closing of the Borders bookstore has me wondering what the citizens of Grant County would think if they lost the services of their local trusted pharmacists. The possibility is real. The similarities to what shut down a mega retailer like Borders, and the economic pressures facing retail pharmacy are quite striking. Except for one thing: books are a commodity, drugs purchased at a pharmacy and the services provided by a pharmacist are not!

  • For mature audiences only

    Recently, I spoke to my mother on the phone. Here’s how it went. (The names have been changed to protect the innocent.)

    “How is Kim doing?” I asked.

    “Well, Edith said that she has very few wrinkles,” she answered. “But, she weighs 190 POUNDS. She’s just let herself go.”

    “Uh. Well, what I really meant was how is she recovering from her broken hip?”

    “Oh, that—she can put the weight of one toe on the floor and has to use a walker,” she said.