Readers have their say on tax assessments

Readers have their say on tax assessments

Last week we asked our readers to email their responses to property tax assessments recently mailed in Fayette County. Below are emails we’ve received since then, closing in on three dozen so far. One thing to keep in perspective: Property owners who received little to no increases probably would not object, whereas those who got […]

Who is responsible?

I just finished reading a wonderful book entitled “Shattered.” This book follows the Hillary Clinton campaign from its inception through post-election. The 2016 presidential campaign is one that will get significant attention in history books. It was the first time a woman had a legitimate shot at becoming president and the first time a complete […]

How to live in peace

Millions of people love Apple computers and wouldn’t be caught using a PC. By contrast, there are many millions of PC users who feel the same way about Apple computers. Many men like double-breasted suits, but I wouldn’t be caught dead in one. Some people swear by Cadillac cars, but my favorite is Mercedes-Benz. Despite […]

Hack attack on healthcare

GLASGOW, Scotland — The ransomware cyberattack that wormed its way into at least 74 countries recently exposed new vulnerabilities in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), as if it weren’t vulnerable enough. Hospital systems in England and Scotland were taken offline. Major operations were delayed, causing frustration and additional worry to patients who spoke to […]

Will Christians survive in today’s secular world? A review of ‘The Benedict Option’

Rod Dreher’s new book “The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in A Post-Christian Nation” (Sentinel, 2017) is an account of how, he says, America’s “culture wars” have ended. He thus suggests a way Christians can live in a post-Christian society. Before considering those propositions from Dreher, we first might consider what “culture wars” means. […]

The unused obituary

One of the dearest and oldest friends I have recently had a close brush with death. He didn’t just stand on the banks of the River Jordan and cast a longing eye to that other shore, he waded right into its sparkling, clear waters. It was in God’s hands, not man’s, no matter how capable […]

Graduates — the six best questions

I have not been asked to deliver a commencement address this year, but if I were, here is what I would say. You might share this with your graduate. Wise decisions. You graduates here today have obviously made some very wise decisions already, decisions that have brought you to this day of accomplishment. Congratulations. But […]

Assessing agenda of each appraisal

A 12 percent increase in home values in Fayette County? Let’s look at the facts regarding home valuations. Each and every appraisal/valuation is subject to the purpose for which it is being done. In the past many appraisals were done to reap the highest value possible for the buyers, lenders, mortgage companies, etc. This practice […]

Fayette’s tax burden pressures residents to move elsewhere

Last year’s assessment at “fair market value” — $527,400. This year’s assessment at “fair market value” — $589,600. Percentage increase: 11.8%. Total tax burden: $6934.18. The total increase in assessment over the last two years comes to just over $100,000 with absolutely no capital improvement on the property. While one should be pleased that someone, […]

Cutting the cords on CNN

I’m completely fed up with the press. I’m especially disheartened and ashamed of CNN. It took me a few months to come to the conclusion I had to make a break with CNN. Like dealing with a “bad” life-partner, it takes a while to accept what’s going on and understand you have to make a […]

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