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Today's Opinions

  • 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!

  • LOOKING BACK

    30 Years Ago

    April 23,1981

    The iron gates at the entranceway of Moffett Cemetery were stolen Thursday or Friday of last week. Placed there more than 90 years ago, the gates definitely are antique vintage and, doubtless, very valuable. Vincent Oakley discovered the gates missing Saturday morning. He said the gates would be easily identified by the lions’ heads so decoratively atop the iron uprights of the gates.

  • Civil War opened with peace resolution among local counties

    The first shots of the War Between the States were fired upon Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, S.C., 150 years ago on April 12, 1861.

    The Louisville Journal speculated that Kentucky Gov. Beriah Magoffin would attempt to join the Confederacy in secession from the United States of America.

    Magoffin was a state’s rights advocate and believed in the right to secede. Further, he sympathized with the Confederate cause.

  • Wrapup of Senate session

    As with much of life, the 2011 General Assembly Session had its share of successes and disappointments. We made advances in economic development, education, and healthcare and definitely raised the debate on what is the appropriate conservative use of the tax dollar and did our best to sound the alarm about what happens when the bill finally comes due.