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Today's Opinions

  • New Year's resolutions for 'Average Joe'

    We’re one week into a new year. Have you broken your New Year’s resolutions yet? Did you even make any?

    I didn’t, simply because I know myself well enough to know I can’t keep them.

    Many people make New Year’s resolutions and some people are lucky enough to keep them. Those who can’t wish we could.

    What is the number one New Year’s resolution? It has to be either quit smoking or lose weight, I thought, even before I went to the internet to find an answer.

  • Editorial: Adding insult to injury

    We were surprised to learn this week that the state has closed the State Office of Employment and Training on Campbellsville Street.

    The office helped the unemployed to find jobs and file for unemployment benefits, but now a sign on the door states all questions concerning employment services must now be directed to the Somerset or Russell Springs offices.

    With the unemployment rate in Casey County at 6.4 percent, this full-time service is needed now more than ever.

  • Editorial: Adding insult to injury

    We were surprised to learn this week that the state has closed the State Office of Employment and Training on Campbellsville Street.

    The office helped the unemployed to find jobs and file for unemployment benefits, but now a sign on the door states all questions concerning employment services must now be directed to the Somerset or Russell Springs offices.

    With the unemployment rate in Casey County at 6.4 percent, this full-time service is needed now more than ever.

  • Four resolutions that are easy to keep

    This is the time for New Year’s resolutions to be made concerning smoking, weight loss and a myriad of other issues that confront our lives.

    Studies typically show that we are not good at keeping resolutions though our intentions are the best.

    And, especially in Kentucky, we are nationally ranked in some areas that are not flattering to the state.

    But these are resolutions easily kept — and I resolve to do the following things in 2009:

  • Looking back at what made news in 2008

    Another year will be in the history books in just a few hours, and in keeping with tradition, we like to take a look back at this time of the year to see just what made the headlines in our community.

    In today’s issue, on the facing page, you’ll see what we have selected as the Top 10 stories that made news during 2008.

  • Lack of 'Merry Christmas' becoming pet peeve

    Did you notice as I did this Christmas season the TV and print ads wishing all “Happy Holidays?” That’s nothing more than stores succumbing to the politically correct or “PC” folks running amok.

    I did see “Happy Kwanzaa,” and even a “Happy Hanukah,” for the Jewish holiday. Out of respect for Muslims, we do not change the name of Muslim holidays such as Ramadan where they fast for 30 days each fall.

  • The 'other side of the story' on buying local

    To Sally Davis’ letter to the editor (Dec. 17 issue), this is the other side of the story.

    Most of the people in Liberty have never asked for anything in Casey County because they knew it wouldn’t do any good.

  • Part 2: Life with Miss Willie Mae

    Willie Mae, a strong, stout black woman with an infectious laugh, had a big, gold-capped tooth in the very front of her mouth. She was about 35 and a tinge of gray had already crept in around the temples of her black, straight hair.

    Mama picked her up at 8 a.m. every day but Sunday. My brother and sister and I rode in the front seat while Miss Willie Mae rode in the back.