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Today's Opinions

  • Don’t miss our local patriotic events

    When our forefathers put their signatures to paper to declare our independence as a nation 241 years ago on July 4, 1776, there was no doubt it was a time to celebrate.
    Public readings of the freshly-written Declaration of Independence were held in Philadelphia’s Independence Square amid bells ringing and bands playing. Bonfires and fireworks were added to the celebration the next year and then the tradition spread, with towns large and small joining in the merriment.

  • Use caution when handling fireworks

    To the Editor:
    Phantom Fireworks hopes everyone enjoys a wonderful family Independence Day holiday, and, if you use consumer fireworks, please use them safely.  There is no good consumer fireworks experience if it does not emphasize safety first.
    Phantom advises everyone to follow the safety rules, obey the fireworks laws where you are using them and have the products used by a sober adult who conforms to the rules.

  • CASA organization seeking volunteers

    Editor:
    In 2007, CASA, a non-profit that helps abused and neglected children, expanded its program to include Trimble County. 10 years later the organization is looking to continue growing its program as child abuse and neglect cases rise in Kentucky.
    Last year, there were 28,000 substantiated cases of abuse and neglect in the state. 1 in 5 of those occurred in CASA of the River Region’s service area. While CASA served 447 children, there were over 400 waiting for someone to stand up for them.

  • Supports school board, superintendent

    Editor:
    In response to a letter to the editor by Ms. Gayle Banta I would like to say:
    Your current superintendent and board members have done very well in trying to keep your community informed. I read the articles each week that the superintendent has written in order for you and your community to be informed---maybe you should read them!

  • General Assembly srives to battle drug epidemic

    Someone abuses drugs every hour in Kentucky. But just how people are addicted to drugs in Kentucky is hard to quantify.
    The reason for that is not every addict seeks treatment, and many die as a result:  A record number of 1,248 people dying from overdoses in 2015 alone, according to the state.

  • Civility is on life support

    By RICHARD NELSON
    Civility is on life support. But the body politic was sick long before James T. Hodgkinson assaulted GOP Congressmen at a baseball practice, critically wounding Con. Steve Scalise and wounding five others after asking whether the men on the field were Republicans or Democrats.

  • Church: Why bother? Here’s why

    These days, a lot of people are in recovery, from drug or alcohol addiction, from childhood trauma and abuse -- the list goes on.
    It’s good that people are seeking help for the things that hurt them.
    But church?
    Over the years I’ve noticed an increasing number of articles and books and blogs written by “recovering” church people, former Christian fundamentalists or evangelicals, former Catholics, former Baptists.

  • Cure for rotting bones

    If it’s true, as the proverb says, that “envy rots the bones,” then my bones are dust.
    Every once in awhile I hear from a certain friend whose life is perfect, or so I think.
    Just recently she posted on Facebook: “Well, we can cross a trip to Ireland off our list!! Had a fabulous vacation with all our wonderful kids, their spouses and our five -- five!! -- adorable grandbabies!!!”