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Today's Opinions

  • OPINION: Stock splits: What if ... or if only I ...?

    If only I still owned the first stock I ever bought: 100 shares of Apple common stock that I bought for $12 a share ($1,200) more than 30 years ago and sold less than a year later for $18 a share ($1,800), a very healthy $600 profit at that time in my life. I wonder what those 100 shares would be worth today with the increase in the stock price and all the stock splits?

    Apple stock has split four times since it started. Let’s get started calculating what could’ve been.

  • OPINION: Stock splits: What if ... or if only I ...?

    If only I still owned the first stock I ever bought: 100 shares of Apple common stock that I bought for $12 a share ($1,200) more than 30 years ago and sold less than a year later for $18 a share ($1,800), a very healthy $600 profit at that time in my life. I wonder what those 100 shares would be worth today with the increase in the stock price and all the stock splits?

    Apple stock has split four times since it started. Let’s get started calculating what could’ve been.

  • OPINION: The immigrant you know

    When my parents moved to Bardstown in the summer of 1973, they were welcomed with the sort of generosity that has made the community famous. Bardstown High School had hired my father to be the new math and physics teacher.

    Two weeks prior to the move, my parents had returned from a month-long pilgrimage to my father’s homeland. It was the first and only time he visited Iran since coming to the U.S. Just a few short months later, my older sister was born. For my parents, 1973 was a busy year.

  • OPINION: The immigrant you know

    When my parents moved to Bardstown in the summer of 1973, they were welcomed with the sort of generosity that has made the community famous. Bardstown High School had hired my father to be the new math and physics teacher.

    Two weeks prior to the move, my parents had returned from a month-long pilgrimage to my father’s homeland. It was the first and only time he visited Iran since coming to the U.S. Just a few short months later, my older sister was born. For my parents, 1973 was a busy year.

  • OPINION: Prepping properly for a school firefight

    The closest I’ve ever come to a gunfight are some pitched paint-ball battles with my college buddies during our annual retreat we’ve been doing for well over a decade.

    Those have taught me that even when paint balls start flying — which hurt badly but are not lethal — your body and mind react in ways they wouldn’t normally.

  • OPINION: Prepping properly for a school firefight

    The closest I’ve ever come to a gunfight are some pitched paint-ball battles with my college buddies during our annual retreat we’ve been doing for well over a decade.

    Those have taught me that even when paint balls start flying — which hurt badly but are not lethal — your body and mind react in ways they wouldn’t normally.

  • OPINION: This school safety proposal makes sense

    Details are emerging from the deadly shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and one fact is particularly alarming — the former student who committed the murders was inside the school only six minutes. During that time, he shot at least 25 people and killed 17.

    That is significant, because after the initial shock, anger and heartbreak over such a heinous act, our thoughts turn toward the question: How do we prevent this from happening again?

  • OPINION: This school safety proposal makes sense

    Details are emerging from the deadly shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and one fact is particularly alarming — the former student who committed the murders was inside the school only six minutes. During that time, he shot at least 25 people and killed 17.

    That is significant, because after the initial shock, anger and heartbreak over such a heinous act, our thoughts turn toward the question: How do we prevent this from happening again?