• Everyone must file to receive stimulus payment

    To the editor:

    The IRS needs your help.

    Starting in May, economic stimulus payments of up to $600 for individuals ($1,200 for married couples) will be issued by the IRS based on 2007 tax returns. Parents also get $300 for each eligible child.

    People must file a 2007 tax return. That’s it. But here’s where the IRS needs help. Millions of people are eligible but may not know it. These are certain retirees, disabled vets and low-wage workers who normally don’t file a tax return. This year, they must file to receive the payments.

  • Let's clear the air - secondhand smoke is bad

    To the editor:

    During the past few months I have read articles and opinions in The Kentucky Standard taking both sides of the clean air argument. The first thing that always comes to mind is the American Lung Association’s motto: “If you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.” I believe that just about says it all.

  • The number of non-religious continues to grow

    To the editor:

    A man said to me, “Write about God and we’ll read it.”

    A farm boy starts for a walk in the fields and woods and calls, “Here, Shep!” and off they go sometimes with Shep close by and sometimes with him sniffing out the surroundings. Being taller than Shep, if the boy sees Shep going toward danger, he calls, “Stop! Come back!” and if Shep is well trained, he does and they continue on. No leash.

  • It's shameful way some treat our flag

    To the editor:It is truly a shame the way some of the residents and businesses of our fair state treat the greatest symbol of freedom known throughout the world. Did you look at your American flag flying this morning? Last night? I have seen, not only here, but in many cities and states, the gross mistreatment of our flag. I would rather see no flag flying or displayed at your place than to see the ripped, faded, frayed, torn and just plain neglected flag at all. If you are proud to display it, then be proud to care for it. Our symbol is not that costly.

  • Big business should be held accountable

    To the editor:In The Kentucky Standard Sunday, March 9, Charley Reese attempts to blame Democrats and Republicans for the state of the U.S. in the world. This is like blaming the water in a scotch and water for you becoming an alcoholic. Using a war as a re-election platform was proposed by the Republicans in 1992 and when President Bush Sr. refused to use a preemptive war to gain re-election, the Republicans refused to vote for him and Clinton was elected. His son chose to use that war plan and lied to the world and invaded Iraq.

  • Gov. Beshear should welcome troops home

    To the editor;An open letter to Gov. Steve Beshear:I am writing in response to your absence at the farewell ceremony for the 223rd Military Police Company at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Louisville Feb. 20, 2008. One hundred eighty soldiers were deployed Sunday, Feb. 24, to serve our country for 400 days, including my younger sister. Many of these soldiers are serving in Iraq for their second tour. This will be her first tour in Iraq serving the Military Police.

  • Community should have supported Dr. Schum

    To the editor:

    In response to Dr. Paul Schum’s side of the story: Most of us can be quick to judge others wrongly of the whole truth. Sometimes we need to be convinced of the whole truth repeatedly before our opinions can be changed. We truly need to remind ourselves to look at all individuals as innocent until proven guilty.

  • War in Iraq is costing country way too much

    To the editor:

    It’s time to do some math. We’re spending $12 billion a month in Iraq. There are 30 days in a month and 24 hours in a day. So if you divide $12 billion by 30, you get $400 million. And when you divide $400 million by 24, you get $16.7 million. That’s a conservative estimate of how much we are spending on the war in Iraq every hour — more than $16 million every single hour!

  • Thank you for helping with special event

    To the editor:

    The Nelson County Fighting Lady Cards soccer team, coaches and parents held a luncheon March 1 for all senior citizens in the community. We had a huge crowd of about 130-150 senior citizens to show up for this luncheon. We would like to thank all of the senior citizens who attended and allowed us to serve them.

  • Senate Bill could save "Family Summer Vacation"

    To the editor:Senate Bill 134, “The Family Summer Vacation Preservation Bill,” is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Education Committee. This Bill will mandate that Kentucky schools not start before the third full week in August. The reasons that this bill is moving forward are abundantly clear. Putting our kids on “rolling ovens” i.e. school busses, allowing oppressive heat to run up district utility bills, and crippling Kentucky’s tourist business to the tune of $115 million are the unconscionable effects of beginning school in early August.