Today's Opinions

  • Donkey basketball is just what it sounds like

    “This may be an odd question, but what is donkey basketball?”

    As soon as I sent the e-mail containing that question, I was afraid of the answer.

    When asked by Nelson County baseball coach Brent Childress to participate in the fundraising activity of Donkey Basketball, a myriad of questions ran through my mind. The first and foremost centered around the actual definition of the sport.

    “It’s basketball played on the backs of donkeys. We will have real live donkeys in the gym,” he wrote back.

  • St. Catherine not in financial trouble

    To the editor:

  • Increasing tobacco tax a win for state

    To the editor:

    I applaud the Kentucky Legislature for considering an increase to our state’s tobacco tax. I believe the tobacco tax is necessary and will prove to be a win-win on a number of levels.

    A tobacco tax increase will reduce youth smoking. Studies show that for every 10 percent increase in the price of cigarettes, there is a corresponding 7 percent drop in youth smoking rates. In fact, overall cigarette consumption drops by about 4 percent.

  • Bloomfield's past is being reborn

    Bloomfield has a lot of which to be proud.

    Nestled in the northern section of the county, community pride lives and people feel a part of the community — a community of fewer than 1,000 people.

    Though small, it is a place rich in history and intent on preserving that history for future residents.

  • Heart disease stats are alarming

    During February, which is American Heart Month, we are reminded of the toll heart disease takes on our country each year. The statistics are terrifying.

    According to the American Heart Association, nearly 2,400 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day — an average of one death every 37 seconds.

    Coronary heart disease caused one of every five deaths (451,326 deaths) in the United States in 2004.

    About every 26 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and about every minute, someone will die from one.

  • Blacksmithing is an art form

    In this day and age when we are in need of some cooking utensils, tools, furniture and various other items shaped from metal, we simply take a trip to the department or hardware store. Most everything we need may be found there, and chances are that whatever we are looking for has been mass-produced in some factory. In Early America, this was quite a different story. During that time these items had to be made by a blacksmith, someone who creates items from iron or steel by working the metal — a process called forging.

  • Story makes Valentine's Day less annoying

    During this lovey-dovey time of year, I always remember my favorite Valentine’s Day story. Actually, it’s my only Valentine’s Day story, so fortunately, it’s a good one.

    About seven years ago, long before my Kentucky Standard days, I worked at a newspaper with a confirmed man-hater. I don’t know the details about what her ex-husband did to her, but it must’ve been bad. His name was always spoken in hushed tones and followed by a scowl.

  • Snow in the winter - who would've thought?

    As snow flurries began to get larger and turn into bona fide flakes Monday afternoon my heart leapt. I love the peaceful effect of the snow — the world seems to come to a halt. People nestle into their homes to hunker down and get cozy.

    This was the first time in years that I could remember an accumulation of the fluffy white stuff. As a child, it seemed like every winter brought snow, but the past several years— not so.