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Today's Opinions

  • From our readers - Helping Gatlinburg

    The majestic mountains of Gatlinburg, TN are a sight that many people from Kentucky and around the nation know well.

    However, about a week ago tragedy struck, and now it is the spirit of service that we are called to help our neighbors.

    I just returned from National 4-H Congress, and while I was there, I learned a very important lesson:  Serving others isn’t about you; it is about those who need the help.

  • A time for civility

    Nearly every week, our newspaper includes stories about local government that are often filled with conflict, disagreement and sometimes outright anger. That’s the nature of politics at times and passions can justifiably run deep on issues that can be vitally important to our community.

    But the recent passing of Magistrate Jim Williams is a sobering reminder about the importance of civility and common courtesy.

  • Faith overcomes the smoke

    Gatlinburg, Tennessee is like a second home for many people here in Spencer County and across Kentucky. In fact, there are many Kentuckians who actually own cabins, cottages and chalets in that tourist mecca.

    Many others have lifelong memories of family vacations, honeymoons, anniversaries and other family events in the area. Whatever the connection, there is a bond between many of us in the Bluegrass and those in the Smokey Mountains.

  • How REAL ID issues impacts Kentuckians

    Many of you may recall an issue the Kentucky General Assembly discussed in the 2016 Session, known as “REAL ID,” which requires Kentucky to meet modern federal regulation standards on the issuance of identification.  Known as Senate Bill (SB) 245 in the 2016 Session, the bill passed both the Senate and the House but was ultimately vetoed by Governor Bevin because of concerns will the bill’s future implications.

  • From our readers - Climate change is real

    After reading your recent editorial “Don’t Fall for Fake News” I was inspired by how much we agree. Fake news is dangerous. Readers and viewers must double-check it for accuracy, whether it comes from the Internet or CBS, NBC, CNN or even FOX.

  • From our readers - Presidential election recount is just more partisan politics

    The federal election is completed and the country has overwhelmingly elected Donald Trump as our next president. The electoral vote was 306 for Trump (including Michigan) to 232 for Clinton. Now we can move forward and get down to business, right?

  • From our readers - Raffle winners announced

    We would like to thank those that were at or who participated in the drawing held Saturday night for the Dawson Moore Scholarship Fund raffle.

    The gifts given away were a Thanksgiving basket and a handmade afghan. Amanda Riley was the winner of the Thanksgiving basket and Herman Johnson was the winner of the afghan.

    All the funds taken in will go to the Dawson Moore Scholarship Fund for a student who graduates high school in 2020 to attend college. Again, your donations were greatly appreciated and will be put to a good cause.

  • The truth about Thanksgiving

    A 25-year-old actress, whom I had never heard of, made headlines last week when she claimed that Thanksgiving was “founded on a massacre” - a theme promoted by many politically correct history revisionists who seem intent on making villains of every European to ever step ashore on this continent.

    Thanksgiving was not founded on a massacre, but on a notion to recognize God’s divine providence, protection and provision for those earliest settlers.