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Today's Opinions

  • Kiwanis Auction funds community projects

     

    A baby born during our very first Williamstown Kiwanis Charity auction would be 17 years old this month.  Think about the changes that child would have seen in the world during those 17 years.

       The auction idea was born at about the time I developed a lung ailment, therefore its reality was delayed until I recovered. Then I sprang my idea upon the Kiwanis membership nearly 18 years ago.

  • The Senate Republican Majority's top five priorities

     

     Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed some rest and relaxation as 2013 came to a close.  The holidays are behind us now, and we strive to get back into our daily routines. School is back in session and the work of the year in full swing.

  • 2014...full of promise

     

    Last year flew by in so many ways; it seems like just last week it was summer. Halloween came and went. Thanksgiving seems like the blink of an eye and it was over. Christmas came and went and in all honesty, I’m glad it’s over with. I was a bit of bah humbug this year.

    New Years came and went and was just another day. I didn’t even stay up to watch the ball drop, which is a yearly tradition. I stayed in and went to bed. Wonder what that says about the New Year? 

  • Support KET and feel proud about it

     

    I have been a volunteer at KET, Kentucky’s statewide public television system, since 2009. 

    I volunteer my time there because, for years, my family and I have enjoyed the diverse, wonderful programming and services through KET provides and I want to take part in passing those things on to others in my community. 

    KET produces programming that focuses on Kentucky and keeps us informed on public affairs, arts, health and education in the Commonwealth. 

  • Why do I feel like the victim in tax hikes?

     

    I’d like to remind our fellow Grantonians that two groups of our local elected officials, i.e. Grant Co. School Board and Dry City Council, have raised taxes this fall. 

    That is quite a jolt during these tight economic times. Both these groups say that they had no choice but to raise our taxes, as they are short on funds.  

    Let’s see...what do responsible citizens do when they are short on funds? We cut back on expenses, get a second job, work a little harder to make ends meet. 

  • Help us be a better newspaper

     

    We need your help.

    I see the Grant County News as a community newspaper.

    The definition of that, in my mind, is two-fold.

    First, we strive to cover this community like no other publication or TV station.

    Sure, the bigger staffed media outlets may trot down I-75 south to Grant County when a big story comes along.

    But, will they be there when a local business opens its doors and is looking for the support of residents?

  • Sometimes the joy, truly is in the journey

     

    I pressed on, hiking about 50 feet in front of Mary, who was straining to keep up. Dave, not in any particular hurry, lagged behind her another 15 yards or so.

    “I just know the clearing in the woods was right about here,” I shouted back to my two grown children.

    Still unable to find the clearing, I picked up my pace even more, stretching the distance between the three of us.

  • New year is full of promise

     

    A new year brings new possibilities and promise.

    I look forward to a fresh start in 2014 because I think that 2013 was a hard year and I’m glad to see it’s in the history books.

    They were the best of times. They were the worst of times. Actually, 2013 was one of those years that just sort of sailed along at its own speed.

    Thankfully, the community wasn’t hit with much in the way of weather-related problems like the tornadoes that ripped through the year before.