Harlan Daily Enterprise- RSS OPINION Feed http://harlandaily.com/section/OPINION http://harlandaily.com/section/OPINION Fri, 26 Dec 2014 08:16:53 EST 1800 Today in History http://harlandaily.com/news/opinion/151004718/Today-in-History By the Associated PressToday is Friday, Dec. 26, the 360th day of 2014. There are five days left in the year. The seven-day African-American holiday Kwanzaa begins today. This is Boxing Day. Fri, 26 Dec 2014 00:39:06 EST No path to prosperity http://harlandaily.com/news/opinion_columns/150969206/No-path-to-prosperity The effort to pass a so-called right-to-work law in Kentucky has now moved to the local level with the first such ordinance passed in Warren County. While the proponents of these laws claim they are about creating jobs, the real goal is to cut... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 12:09:08 EST Celebrate new year with ‘First Day’ hikes http://harlandaily.com/news/opinion_columns/151005718/Celebrate-new-year-with-First-Day-hikes Get 2015 started on the right foot with your New Year's resolution by taking a guided hike at a Kentucky or Virginia State Parks on Jan. 1. Thu, 25 Dec 2014 11:59:06 EST Tax breaks for Christmas trees? http://harlandaily.com/news/opinion_columns/151004983/Tax-breaks-for-Christmas-trees Christmas came early this year to some of Washington's biggest special-interest groups when Congress passed legislation that was laden like a decorated Christmas tree with some of the finest-looking and most expensive ornaments lobbyists can... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 11:50:05 EST Release from Cuba overdue http://harlandaily.com/news/opinion/151004687/Release-from-Cuba-overdue Recently released Cuban prisoner Alan Gross had given up hope he would live.The American subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development was arrested in Cuba on Dec. 3, 2009, and sent to prison. Thu, 25 Dec 2014 11:49:07 EST Cherished Christmas gifts http://harlandaily.com/news/opinion_columns/151004009/Cherished-Christmas-gifts Another Christmas season has brought another stack of presents for most of us. Some gifts are practical and we will make good use of them. Some are those we picked out ourselves and someone else bought for us. That may make sense, but it can be a... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 11:48:06 EST ‘Twas the aftermath of Christmas http://harlandaily.com/news/opinion_columns/151004538/Twas-the-aftermath-of-Christmas I wrote this poem to help you remember what the holidays are really all about. I think if you read the whole thing and then take the three minutes and 25 seconds to watch the YouTube video (“The Secret of Christmas”); it'll help lift... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 11:41:03 EST Making New Year’s resolutions that you can keep http://harlandaily.com/news/opinion_columns/151004476/Making-New-Years-resolutions-that-you-can-keep It's time to start thinking about New Year's resolutions and the changes you'd like to see for the coming months. Unfortunately, most of us tend to break many (or all) of our resolutions, sometimes before New Year's Eve is even... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 11:40:03 EST Today in History http://harlandaily.com/news/opinion/151004878/Today-in-History By the Associated PressToday is Thursday, Dec. 25, the 359th day of 2014. There are six days left in the year. This is Christmas Day.Today's Highlight in History: Thu, 25 Dec 2014 00:01:10 EST Today in History http://harlandaily.com/news/opinion/150987952/Today-in-History By the Associated PressToday is Wednesday, Dec. 24, the 358th day of 2014. There are seven days left in the year. This is Christmas Eve.Today's Highlights in History: Wed, 24 Dec 2014 00:13:02 EST Another ‘lone rat’ http://harlandaily.com/news/opinion/150987816/Another-lone-rat Experts seemed divided about whether the self-proclaimed Islamic “sheikh” who was killed recently in a standoff with police in Sydney, Australia, was a nutcase or a terrorist who was acting alone. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:23:05 EST Merry CHRIST-mas http://harlandaily.com/news/opinion_columns/150987984/Merry-CHRIST-mas Those wishing to destroy or remove Christ from Christmas prefer “winter break” or “Happy Holidays;” the same is true of “Easter break” to “spring break.” Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:18:13 EST My First Christmas in Heaven http://harlandaily.com/news/opinion_columns/150985590/My-First-Christmas-in-Heaven Sixteen years ago in 1998 at the passing of my grandfather, Clarence Hobert Mills, a great friend of mine attempted to reach out and minister to me during his passing. He attempted to accomplish this by sending me the poem, My First Christmas in... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:17:08 EST Last-minute gift ideas, shopping advice http://harlandaily.com/news/opinion_columns/150986159/Last-minute-gift-ideas-shopping-advice I know, I know, you haven't completed your shopping and Christmas is the day after tomorrow. I get to say, “I know,” because I really do. I'm a Sidetracked Home Executive and in case you don't know, we SHEs are... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:11:05 EST Today in History http://harlandaily.com/news/opinion/150968287/Today-in-History By the Associated PressToday is Tuesday, Dec. 23, the 357th day of 2014. There are eight days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 01:00:11 EST Build the Ark – just not with tax money http://harlandaily.com/news/opinion/150932026/Build-the-Ark--just-not-with-tax-money If ever there was a right decision, in our opinion, to come from state government, last week's refusal to afford tax incentives to the group building the Ark Encounter in northern Kentucky hit the target squarely in the bull's... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:33:05 EST There is a Christ in Christmas http://harlandaily.com/news/opinion_columns/150967551/There-is-a-Christ-in-Christmas Christmas isn't about mistletoe, roasting chestnuts, or some fat guy sliding down the chimney. It's more like “Peace on earth; goodwill toward man.” It's the birth of Christ. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:32:05 EST Crazy at Christmastime http://harlandaily.com/news/opinion_columns/150968415/Crazy-at-Christmastime This Christmas give somebody the gift of mercy and forgiveness. Actually be broad with your giving and generous. We all need a lot of both. For such a joyful holiday of cheer, giving and yuletide merriment there are certainly a lot of stressed out... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:31:09 EST Never too soon to think about gardening http://harlandaily.com/news/opinion_columns/150969473/Never-too-soon-to-think-about-gardening Although the snow may be flying soon and cold weather will hang around a few more months, I was recently reminded by a local gardener that gardening season is not that far away. Now is the time to contact those seed companies to get seed catalogs... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:31:04 EST Season for mindless consumerism http://harlandaily.com/news/opinion_columns/150938770/Season-for-mindless-consumerism By Jill RichardsonContributing ColumnistI love giving gifts when they're from the heart. But I hate giving or receiving presents if they're things nobody needs, given out of a sense of obligation. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:23:05 EST