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Today's Opinions

  • Celebrate the abundance in the lives of friends

    The condition has a name: Facebook Envy.

    It’s symptoms include twinges of resentment, pangs of self-pity and thoughts of “Why not me?”
    Some blame it on technology itself, although the condition has been around since B.C. — Before Computers.

    For those not familiar with Facebook, it’s a Website where friends, which can be people you actually know or people you might sort of know, post news or random thoughts or pithy messages for their friends and sometimes the general cyber public to read.

  • Candidate’s campaign modest in finances

    Editor:

    I am John Lackey, candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture.

    It is appalling what candidates for public office feel they have to spend to win election. No middle class person can afford these sums. Larger contributors do expect something in return.

    My campaign hopes to show that voters appreciate a qualified, hands-on candidate who finances a modest appeal from personal resources. This lets an elected official call them as he or she sees them, without influence from groups seeking a personal interest.

  • Importance of foster parenting during May Natl. Foster Care Month

    Editor:

    May is National Foster Care Month, a time to shine the light on the foster care experience. Let’s start with some figures:

    More than 6,800 Kentucky children and youth are in out-of-home care, with 75 to 80 percent of those in foster care. Most are placed in temporary foster care due to parental neglect or abuse.

    The average age of a child in care: 10.7 years.

    More than 73 percent of the children/youth in care are white; 19.3 percent are black and 4.3 percent are Hispanic.

  • Banner editor encourages readers’ stories of celebrities

    I have enjoyed many roles in my professional career: journalist, musician, announcer/broadcaster, author and laborer. Most of those roles have provided avenues to rub shoulders with celebrities from all walks of life.

    I’ve hung out with racing celebrities including several Indianapolis 500 winners, almost every famous personage in boat racing over the past 40 years and Carroll Shelby (yes, the designer of the Shelby Cobras).

  • Happy Mother’s Day!

    Last month my youngest daughter asked if I would write a letter of recommendation for her.

    She had applied for a scholarship geared toward young women on their own who are working on making a better life for themselves. My daughter has been putting herself through school for about six years now.

    When she asked, she had me at “Hi Mom. I need a favor.”

    Unfortunately, according to the letter guidelines, as her mom I’m not eligible to write a letter of recommendation.

    Moms don’t count.

  • Do we really need a Weapons Ordinance?

    Editor:
    According to NRAILA website, (as of June 2010) “it is illegal for a person with a concealed carry permit to carry a firearm into any courthouse, soley occupied by the Court of Justice courtroom, or Court proceeding.”  Unless my understanding is wrong, courtroom and court proceeding should cover the issues of concern of Judge Conrad, Judge Stevens, or even Perry Arnold.

  • Alcohol-related fatalities decline

    One of the country’s great success stories over the last several decades has been its ability to reduce the devastation caused by drunken driving.

    The number of alcohol-related fatalities has dropped by about half since 1982, even though we are driving far more miles now.  That positive trend is even better for our younger drivers.

  • Alumni event short on attendance but enjoyable

    Saturday’s annual gathering of the alumni of Trimble County’s schools was somewhat disappointing for alumni banquet organizers.

    Don’t get me wrong. The meal prepared by the Trimble County school corporation’s cafeteria staff was nothing short of excellent. The fellowship of those in attendance was enthusiastic and cheerful. The Bedford Elementary School cafeteria facility provides an outstanding venue for revelers from school days past.

    What was missing? You!