Today's Opinions

  • Sheriff should improvise

    Improvise, adapt and overcome.

    Fans of Clint Eastwood may recognize that phrase, uttered by the actor when he played a combat-toughened Marine sergeant in the movie, “Heartbreak Ridge.”

    It’s an unofficial slogan of the USMC designed to inspire problem solving under less-than-ideal conditions. Apparently, that’s what Sheriff Buddy Stump is facing these days as his current building is infested with mold that may or may not be directly linked to the recent illnesses of two county employees who required hospital treatment.

  • From our readers - Thank a teacher during Retired Teacher Appreciation Week

    What does it mean to be a retired educator? A person who volunteers countless hours to make our community a better place to live. A person, through his/her pension who contributes thousands of dollars in taxes and spends their money to support local businesses. A person who has made a difference in the lives of his/her former students. A person who never quits caring about the well-being of others.

  • Teachers come in all forms

    This is National Retired Teachers Week and a good opportunity for us who made it out of the classroom to reflect back upon those who helped us succeed.

    I don’t have vivid recollections of a lot of my time in school. I’m not sure if that means I was traumatized somehow or just didn’t pay attention, but I marvel at people my age who can remember details about their second grade teacher, who they ate lunch with and activities they did in school.

  • Right to work in KY

    Two policies impacted by state ballot initiatives and the presidential election itself that could also directly affect Kentuckians involve tobacco and right-to-work.

    The Bluegrass State has plenty of one but none of the other.

    Kentucky stood still while several states, including neighboring Indiana and West Virginia, moved forward with right-to-work policies, which protect employees from being forced to pay union dues in order to keep their jobs.

  • From our readers - Thanks for supporting Dawson Moore Scholarship

    I would like to thank all who bought jewelry and other items that we sold at the Octoberfest on Saturday, October 1st. Gloria Williams was the winner of the blue and white afghan drawn from tickets bought for a fundraiser for the scholarship fund.

  • Remembering our county’s unique history

    The return of the Quantrill historical marker came with little fanfare, just as it’s disappearance several months ago was noticed by few. Perhaps it’s because we drive by these historical markers located in various spots around the county and pay little attention to them. That’s a shame.

  • Hypocritical moral outrage

    So America, do we really want to have this discussion?

    You say you’re outraged, flabbergasted and offended that a 59-year-old man would make such crude and perverted remarks about a woman? You say his comments are akin to condoning sexual assault or worse?

    You worry about what kind of damage such remarks being made public may do to our young people. We need to protect the innocence of our children, you say.

  • Taxing smokers is fool’s gold

    The new wrinkle in anti-smoking crusaders’ annual demand to raise Kentucky’s cigarette tax is that hiking taxes to fund the Medicaid expansion is somehow a better approach than moving able-bodied adults from government dependency to the fulfillment offered by work and independence.