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Opinion

  • Finally, somebody gets it right.
    I am beyond impressed after reading an account of a recent Fleming County Board of Education meeting.
    In what sounds like an account of practically every school board meeting one reads about anymore, Superintendent Tom Price began discussing the “serious” state of the school system’s financial situation.
    Price told his board, concerned citizens, and faculty/staff $1.2 million in cuts needed to be made in the 2013-2014 budget in order to avoid overspending.

  • Kudos to Casey County’s Relay for Life teams, having raised more than $102,000 this year for the American Cancer Society.
    The selfless work ethic and determination of team members to squeeze every dollar possible out of residents through a myriad of fundraisers paid off in a big way.
    That’s what sets this county apart — good people doing even better things to help the ACS continue their research to find a cure for this horrible disease.

  • “It just doesn’t make sense,” is the generalized response from those who had some familiarity with the Tsarnaev brothers. They seemed like the kind of young men you might like as neighbors; they appeared kind, quite, unobtrusive.
    These two, perpetrators of the Boston bombings? It just doesn’t make sense.
    Or does it?

  • Used to be, an adult could waltz into any store that sold ammunition and pick up a few boxes of .22 ammo for a pretty low price.
    Untold millions of people have enjoyed a pleasurable afternoon of burning up several hundred rounds of this cheap ammo through .22 rifles.
    My first rifle was a .22 and I recall having fun just shooting the thing. Daddy taught my brother and me the correct way to handle, load, fire, and when to unload a weapon.
    The things are great to shoot and I have .22 rifles today that I would love to take out and fire.

  • While at work the other day (Yeah, I actually worked a little bit), I had the George Jones memorial service playing in the background on my computer.
    Of course I got distracted because I thought the service was one of the most beautiful things I’d ever seen.
    It was touching, reverent, witty, but most importantly, real.
    I don’t recall such a large, public event having such sincerity.
    People loved George Jones and it showed through the many tales and testimonials given in his honor.

  • Word came this week that at least one chewing gum maker is now adding caffeine to its gum.
    Wrigley announced on Monday the launch of its new Alert Energy Caffeine Gum, containing 40 milligrams of caffeine per piece which is about the same as a half cup of coffee.  “The right energy, right now,” the company promises.
    What next? Caffeinated macaroni and cheese? Caffeine in children’s cereals?

  • It’s spring. Yes, that lovely time of year when everyone gets the urge to put things (seeds, flowers, ‘maters, bushes, shrubs) in the ground. It’s also that time of year when too many women are seized by the urge to do that horrible thing called “spring cleaning.” Horrors!

  • If there was a reality show about my life right now, it could be called “Call of the Mildman.”
    Let’s face it – I’m not much of an outdoors type.
    Oh, I do enjoy a leisurely hike or a late evening stroll, but I’ve not hunted or fished since my preteen years and only venture into the woods if I’m looking for a lost pet or being chased by an axe wielding psychopath.

  • With this issue, The Casey County News is introducing a new feature sure to be popular among readers.
    “Street Beat” will be a weekly rundown of activity called into the local dispatch center.
    It will be informative and dare we say occasionally entertaining.
    For example, you may see things such as: “5-1-13, 2:14 p.m, report of fire at the Old Smokehouse,” or “5-2-13, 9:20 p.m, report of dog barking on Woof Street.”

  • I was telling a story the other day to  . . . hmmmm, what is his name? I can’t think of it.
    Anyway, I was telling what’s-his-name about the time I . . . Well, dang, what was the story I was going to tell?
    It was probably a good one but for the life of me I can’t remember what it was.
    Sound familiar? I am doing this more and more these days. I hear other people saying they are having the same problem. We can’t remember simple words and people’s names.

  • I was walking through the newspaper office the other day when I heard the following...
    “You take wheat and soiled underwear,” General Manager/Advertising Director Brittany Emerson said.
    Stopping in my tracks so fast my shoes squeaked like squealing tires, I stuck my head inside her office.
    Oddly enough, I knew exactly what she was talking about.

  • Almost all of America remained glued to news accounts of events as they unfolded during and after the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing.
    News of the victims, officers efforts to capture those responsible, and the shoot-out with the two brothers charged with the crimes, overshadowed other news events.
    And, it was only after the suspect was caught on Friday night that the residents in the Boston area breathed a sigh of relief.
    But one piece of news that flew under the national news radar was the death of George Beverly Shea.

  • The latest audit of the Casey County Fiscal Court has just been released.
    And it’s horrible – or great – or scandalous – or uneventful.
    For you see, it’s a matter of interpretation.
    One can review the audit to see how the county handles money.
    A good portion of that money is your hard-earned tax dollars.
    You can bet those dollars we keep a close eye on things and will let you know if there’s anything suspicious.

  • I feel so sorry for poor Mitch McConnell. Somebody surreptitiously recorded his office. Yes, “they” have, or so Mitch says. We’ll leave the final report as to who “they” are up to the FBI.

  • With technology developing and changing at the speed of light, I never cease to be amazed at the almost hourly advances being announced in ways to save us time and money.
    Let’s take a look at some of these, such as mobile devices.
    Look at how many people have a smartphone in their hands. It’s difficult nowadays to see any young person under the age of 60 without that infernal device in their hands.
    Last week I visited a young couple in the hospital who were expecting their first child, literally, at any moment.

  • Is it an omen it hailed on my first day at The Casey County News?
    That’s what I was thinking as I drove through town on my way home last week.
    I even asked myself that question aloud, and was answered by the loud “plink” of hail on my windshield.
    Alrighty then.
    But my first day was a good one. Met some fine people, had both pizza and cake (which is a “win-win situation”), and caught a glimpse of the good life here in Casey County.
    Having just had a taste, I’m hungry for more.

  • I couldn’t shake the somberness that clung to me like lint on a suit of clothes. The grief I felt in the eyes of the family followed me out the door of the funeral home and into my car. A wintry mix of snow and rain added to the dreariness of the moment, and the rhythmic swish and swash of my windshield wipers sounded like a death knell, projecting with every beat of its dirge the photographs I had just seen of the deceased in happy times, nagging me with one question — Why?

  • Spring has sprung, the grass has riz —
    I wonder where the flowers is.

    That little poem has been going through my mind for about two or three weeks now. This past weekend I think spring finally showed herself. The daffodils have been blooming longer than that, though, and have had a spectacular year despite the cold weather we have had. They were even snowed on a couple of times.

  • Let’s face it — times are tough and money is scarce, especially when it comes to Kentucky’s state budget.
    Most departments have experienced cuts and agency leaders have been ordered to make cuts in order to makeup for budget shortfalls.
    The Cabinet for Health and Family Services has to fill an $86.6 million budget hole for the next fiscal year.

  • Word came Friday that the Kentucky branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has written an open records request to all 174 Kentucky school superintendents seeking information concerning outside groups and individuals who want to go into elementary schools to distribute literature.