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Today's Opinions

  • Common sense casualty of 9/11

    We all remember when it happened. I was standing in my kitchen with a mixer in my hand, beating cake batter.

    I was watching the normally light-hearted, after 8 a.m. broadcast of the “Today Show.” Katie Couric and Matt Lauer suddenly seemed disoriented, as everyone tried to figure out what was happening.

    When they began rolling footage, I leaned toward my TV to watch what looked like a toy plane fly into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

    As many people have said, “I just couldn’t process what was happening.”

  • I will never forget

    Growing up, I heard countless times older generations talk about how they would never forget where they were, what they were doing and what they felt like when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

    It was a landmark moment in their lives, as well as a turning point in the nation.

    I never knew exactly what that day must have felt like for them until Sept.11, 2001.

    I was a senior in college at the University of Kentucky. Like most mornings, I was running behind as I was trying to get up out of bed and get to my first class of the day.

  • A WORD FROM OUR READERS . . .

    Grant County News gets ‘2 thumbs up’
    I believe your paper has become better in the last few months. The last two, I have really enjoyed.
    You are keeping up with the local government issues—the fair and all the pictures.
    But the community, the people stories are a real blessing. Robin Doyle, Rebecca Ailstock and this week, Hubert Lusby’s story. Dildine says “Sew” long to Quilt Box (I don’t know any of these, but enjoyed the articles).

  • 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: