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Today's Opinions

  • Election campaigns in full swing, time to register to vote

    In most years, September is the month when the election season starts to warm up as the weather begins to cool. That makes it a good time to reflect on our civic duties as citizens.

    In many ways, Kentucky does quite well in this regard. We exceeded the national average in voting registration and voter turnout in 2010, for example, continuing a trend that dates back to the late 1990s. Before then, we traditionally trailed the country when voting in mid-term elections.

  • Men, tongues, words, and wounds

    In my (albeit feeble) defense, I had just come from undergoing a medical test done under sedation, which may or may not have loosened my tongue. Or maybe it was because I hadn’t eaten in 24 hours and hunger affected my brain.

    Whatever the reason, I said something that embarrassed my husband.

    We had stopped at a local restaurant for a burger. I ordered the thickest, beefiest, cheesiest burger on the menu, plus fries, and my husband ordered a veggie burger and a salad.

  • Reader upset with water company’s reconnect policy

    Editor:

    I’m writing this letter about the Milton Water Company’s outrageous reconnection fee of $50.

  • Appreciation given for Bedford Bash sponsors

    To the editor and community:

    There was a huge turnout Friday night, Aug. 17 for the 23rd annual Bedford Bash and 6th annual Car show.

    Thank you Bedford Loan & Deposit employees for providing your time and energy to this project.

    Congratulations to Trimble County Health Department on winning the Traveling Trophy for best window display.

  • A wonderful tribute

    Editor:

    Friday, August 17th was a special day in Bedford. I was so moved by our American Flag draped across Hwy 42 and all the people waiting to show their respect for Mark. Thanks so much to the EMTs, Fire Departments, and Law Enforcements for making this possible.

    Quoting Jon Dunlap in time of crisis our community really comes together. Our EMTs and Fire Departments are not only a service but a family.

    The definition of a volunteer is one who gives of himself for service of his own free will.

  • September designated Preparedness Month in Kentucky

    In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, September has been designated as Commonwealth of Kentucky Preparedness Month. If the lights go out, are you prepared? Local and state officials encourage everyone to be prepared in case of an emergency.

    “Kentuckians face many challenges throughout the year, from tornadoes, flooding, winter storms to man-made hazards,” said Ronnie McCane, Trimble County Emergency Management Director. “Every household should be prepared to face these challenges at any given time.”

  • Seasons of growth

    Life unfolds in circles of reconnection. We start childhood in co-dependent bonding process with our immediate family unit and hometown. This may be a positive experience or one that creates a void. Never-the-less, as a individual gets older, there comes a time of nostalgia and a desire to return to one’s roots. The ‘seasons of growth’ is the story one creates to reveal the drama or peace within.

  • Grief mixed with hope

    When people ask me what I do at my job at the newspaper, specifically what topics I write about, I tell them the shorthand version: old people, dead people and God.

    Actually, I cover a lot more than that, but those three - old people, dead people and God - are the three areas that seem to fall to me.