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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Coming together to reduce the impact of heroin

     

    What often sets the Northern Kentucky region apart is our willingness to collaborate to solve common problems. When the region was faced with an astounding rise in the number of people addicted to heroin, we came together once again.

     The result was the Northern Kentucky Heroin Impact response group’s plan, “Northern Kentucky’s Collective Response to the Heroin Epidemic,” released in mid-November.

  • The sweetness of Christmas

     

    There’s a smile on my face. It’s Christmas and along with celebrating the birth of Our Lord I will be swarmed by the full load of family this week.  You are welcome to come to my house on Friday as busloads of grandchildren, (all of them), and all the children and in-laws and hopefully you, stuff yourself in my house. Just be forewarned that water closet time may be limited.

  • May peace find you this year

     

    Is it just me or is anyone else surprised by the fact that next week is Christmas.

    Normally by this time of year, I’d have all the presents wrapped, the stockings hung with care and enough decorations spread throughout the house to look like a good, old-fashioned Griswold Christmas, but this year I’m a little behind.

    I guess I could blame it on the fact that Thanksgiving fell late this year and there wasn’t a buffer of a week between November turkey and Christmas frenzy.

  • Council member addresses tax increase

     

    As many of you may know there has been numerous papers displayed throughout the city by Kentucky Liberty Solutions pertaining to the city payroll tax increase.