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Today's Opinions

  • EPA falls short on coal ash rule

    Lexington Herald Leader
    Regulations issued last week by the Environmental Protection Agency for waste from coal-fired power plants are welcome but fall short of fully protecting the public.
    Coal ash — the residue left over after coal is burned to produce electricity — contains varying amounts of carcinogenic and toxic metals such as arsenic, barium and lead.
    Kentucky produces about 9 million tons a year of the waste, which is stored in ponds and landfills.

  • Grace and roller skating

    By Rev. Chris Kazee
    I have never been good at roller skating (or anything that requires balance for that matter).  However, when I was a children’s pastor in another part of the state, I did take a group of church kids to the local roller rink. One of the boys who went was named Will, and he skated like I remember skating.  He probably fell at least ten times and when he hit the ground, he hit hard. In fact, he fell so hard that the tops of his shins, right below his knees, were completely bruised.  

  • Feeding our young ones

    Editor:
    Shame on you!!!!! Trimble County, Kentucky if you allow the school system to keep our young ones from having a good meal just because their parents can’t (or, yes in some cases “won’t”) pay their lunch tabs. To the school board and local politicians I say “shame on you” and to all citizens of Trimble County, I hope you will protect these children from this type of discrimination.
    Steve Boldery
    Murphy, NC
     

  • April receipts may help state end budget year in great shape

    After weathering several tough budget cycles, the state is on track to end the current fiscal year next month with much better news to report.
    Two weeks ago, the Office of State Budget Director said that April’s General Fund receipts – which drive the budget – brought in a little more than $1 billion, a high-water mark that had never happened in a single month before.

  • Admiration for those magnificent flowers

    By Dr. James L. Snyder
    The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I were sitting on the back porch admiring the close of the day. Nothing is more relaxing than sitting together drinking coffee, glad that another day has quietly slipped by.
    Out of the clear blue sky my wife said, “Aren’t those flowers just magnificent?”
    I grunted a little grunt of satisfaction to which she replied, “Which do you like? The roses or the tulips?”

  • Optimize your energy

    If an individual lives in a continual state of stressful emotion, the body systems break down. Patterns of chronic environmental pressures result in ulcers, high blood pressure, neurosis and depression to name a few. Changes take place in the body’s chemical balance resulting in lower brain and organ function. We are each in control of the world we create by the choices we make. Choosing to focus on positive aspects that are self-supportive lead the individual to set boundaries and build harmonious bridges in relationships.

  • Reader troubled by front page photo

    Editor:
    As I perused my anxiously awaited Trimble Banner, my first words upon seeing the picture ‘Sewer Repair’ were “You have got to be kidding!”
    The picture shows Bedford Waste Water Superintendent Jim Hoskins operating a small tractor with a backhoe attachment on an incline. This by itself is not too newsworthy except that the picture shows the R.O.P.S. (Roll Over Protection System) is partially removed and therefore non-functional!

  • Memorial Day a time to remember the debt we owe

    It may not be the official start of the season, but for most of us, the upcoming three-day weekend is when summer arrives.
    This time is about much more than that, of course. More importantly, it’s when our nation pays tribute to those who died defending our country.
    That list now has more than 1.2 million names, about half of which were added during the four years of the Civil War.