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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Cheerleaders grateful for support

    The Casey County High School Cheerleading boosters club and coaches would like to thank everyone who came out and supported the cheerleaders in their send off to the KAPOS State At-Large Cheerleading Competition. A special thinks to the Chamber of Commerce for helping in contacting the businesses to get the word out.

  • Rowell: Counting calories in the drive-thru lane

    Continuing down the road of bills being proposed in this session of the Kentucky legislature, we find ourselves staring, or rather, glaring at a bill from Sen. Denise Harper Angel, (D-Louisville). Harper Angel’s bill would require fast food restaurants to post calorie counts on drive thru menu boards.

    It also applies to burgers and fries as well as menu items at any restaurant chain with 10 or more locations in the state.

    It has been estimated that drive through windows account for 60 to 80 percent of a fast food restaurant’s sales.

  • Rowell: Stork-parking bil....what's next?

    Businesses in Kentucky may soon opt to offer mothers-to-be preferred parking if Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo’s “Stork Parking” bill passes.

    HB 151 would allow pregnant women and parents of children under the age of one to temporarily park in spaces reserved for the disabled.

  • Don White: Nice man trumps Iceman in Muhlenburg

    Daddy won’t you take me back to Muhlenburg County

    Down by the Green River where Paradise lay.

    Well, I’m sorry son, but you’re too late in asking

    Mister Peabody’s coal train has hauled it away

    John Prine

    The Iceman may have come to Muhlenburg County in recent days, but his force wasn’t nearly as impactful as that of the nice man who preceded him.

    In early December, the county’s 31,000 residents learned that native son Felix E. Martin Jr. had left $50 million to the community.

  • Letter: Seat belt safety: 'Click It' for life

    Thirty-six fewer deaths were reported regarding highway fatalities in Kentucky for the calendar year 2008. While safety advocates were excited about this year-end report, the stark reality overshadowed the celebration when the overall numbers were examined. Although it was one of the safest years we had seen in a decade, sadly 828 people lost their lives on our roadways last year.  Statistics show that 64 percent of those killed were not wearing a seat belt.

  • Carman: Eight (plus six) is too many

    I’m a mother of three — three boys who were spaced out over a period of 11 years. They’re grown now, and while the age difference (six years between the first two and five years later, the third) had its pros and cons, I can’t imagine it being any other way, particularly if they were triplets.

    By now, we’ve all heard the story of the southern California woman, Nadya Suleman, who delivered octuplets on Jan. 26. The eight babies were born to a 33-year-old single mother, who already had six children, ages 2-7, with the last two being a set of twins.

  • Rowell: Free health insurance for school board members?

    This week’s award for the silliest piece of legislation introduced in the Kentucky House goes to Rep. Tim Couch, District 90, representing Clay, part of Harlan and Leslie counties.

    This Tim Couch is not the famed quarterback who played for the University of Kentucky from 1996 to 1998.

    Rep. Couch owns Hyden Grocery in Hyden, in eastern Kentucky — he’s a church-going man, Mason, NRA member and he’s active in several civic organizations.

  • Editorial: We need a plan

    Last week’s snow and ice storm proved one thing to us — we need a disaster plan.

    While many residents across the northern part of our county were left without electricity for days on end, the majority of us dodged a bullet. Had we been hit as hard as neighboring Boyle County, we might still be scratching our heads, wondering what to do.