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Today's Opinions

  • Old time attitudes

    How interesting…  When I was young, to hear a speech by the President of the United States was a good thing.  And, because I was and am an American; to listen to the President was a given.  He is, after all, the elected leader of our country, indeed the embodiment of our country.

    However, apparently my views are old, antiquated and, well in some views, apparently un-American.

  • A thank you to Kayla Eversole

    Just when the weight of the world nearly embeds me into the suffocating depths of dust, something comes along and gives me strength to stand up again.

    Into my office comes Kayla Eversole.

    I met Kayla earlier in the summer. This young lady was with her mother, or possibly young grandmother, at the front desk. I initiated a conversation. Usually these conversations begin with me saying something like, “Hey, why aren’t you in school?”

  • Treasure time in school before it's gone

    The restless night of sleep the night before.

    The nervous butterflies in my stomach.

    The dread of getting up before the sun.

    No matter what year it was, those feelings always seemed to go through me when it was time to go back to school.

    I did not hate school.

    In fact, I liked it quite a bit.

    I think it was that sense of the unknown, not knowing what the teachers would be like, who would be in your classes and if you would survive another year.

  • Blame it on the rain!

    Summer in Kentucky means it is hot, sticky and humid. I’m not particularly fond of either of the three but this summer is different.

    Experts say you can blame it on El Nino, or a period of warm seas that lasts for about three months.

    I’m mad at that El Nino because it’s his fault the tomatoes were late getting ripe.

  • Observations from the side of the road

    When my car started to shiver, I knew I was in trouble.

    I don’t have a good history with cars, blowing transmissions in my previous two cars. This time, I was heading south on U.S. 25 and felt the car shake. I was hoping that I could get the car back to Dry Ridge, but halfway up a hill, it stopped and I blocked the entire lane.

    In these situations, a person can learn a lot about themselves and about the people around them.

  • Trooper Island gives children a chance

    Dear Kentucky State Trooper; this column allows Ken Stone one of the following: free roll through stop sign; speeding up to 40 miles over the limit; or one free hand gesturing road rage incident involving others lack of ability to merge.

    I’m hoping that the trooper will only read the paragraph above, say, “OK” and send me on my way. Let me explain why I should receive the above, and possibly you too.

  • Tales from an intern

    Ferris Bueller said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

    I’ve seen that come true this summer. The only way I can think to write my last column is to stop, look around and share a few ‘snapshots’ from my internship with you.

    My first week as an intern I was assigned an economy story. Jamie told me to see what I could get out of locals dealing with the economy and how it’s affecting them personally.

  • Amazing youth bring change to county

    Some people simply amaze me.

    People who drive 20 miles under the speed limit while traffic backs up for miles.

    Celebrities who believe their political opinion means more than anyone else who has a vote.

    Parents who do not care to pay enough attention to their kids and their safety.

    The list of my pet peeves is endless.

    However, two weeks ago I witnessed acts of kindness all over Grant County that amazed me in a positive way more than anything I’ve seen in awhile.