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Today's Opinions

  • Do we remember?

    Monday marked the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 9-11 that took over 3,000 American lives, ushered us into a war that has no foreseeable end, and changed life as we know it in so many ways.

    It feels awkward to call it an anniversary. It’s more of a moment etched in time that we wish had never happened, but one we dare never to forget. But yet each passing year takes us a year further away from the horrors of that Tuesday morning.

  • FROM OUR READERS - McConnell’s correspondence shameful

    I wrote to “Majority” leader Mitch McConnell to try to find out his thoughts on the Obama are situation and how he was going to handle it now. I had already heard that once the Republicans had the House they would do something. OOPS! Next it was as soon as they had the Senate. It was going out “roots and all.” OOPS!

  • NFL deserves a penalty flag

    The National Football League began play this week and all eyes were on the flag. Not the  yellow ones that signal a penalty has been committed, but the U.S. flag that all eyes are on during the singing of the National Anthem before each game.

    That pre-game moment that has been a tradition at sporting events since WWII, has been the focus of controversy the past two seasons because a few players have chosen that moment to express political viewpoints.

  • Pension deliberations are uncomfortable

    Legislators frequently grumble about Kentuckians’ lack of interest in, attention to and knowledge of complicated issues like the public-pension system.

    Some observation about how “people’s eyes glaze over when I start talking pensions” usually accompanies such grievances.

  • Tipton: Your voice is being heard on pension crisis
  • FROM OUR READERS - Clearing up some pension misconceptions

    With the news about the Commonwealth’s pension systems this week, I’m reminded of the old adage that a lie makes 50 tweets at the departure gate before the truth has a chance to turn off Airplane mode. Put simply, there’s a lot of fear and trepidation about the state’s various pension systems, and understandably so—these pensions in many cases represent the livelihood of individuals and their families. However, there are also a lot of misrepresentations so hopefully this letter will help assuage some of the fears by providing some essential facts.

  • Stop ranking professions

    The pension crisis that’s been ignored and avoided for years is finally being addressed by leaders in Frankfort. The realities are harsh, the numbers don’t add up, and the solutions being suggested so far might require sacrifice, pain and more than a little compromise.

    Problem-solving is a task best performed when we attack the issue, and not each other. But given that this issue directly impacts our bank accounts, people are drawing battle lines, digging in and it’s about to get ugly.

  • Spencer County proud

    Cody Milburn wasn’t looking for fame or pats on the back when he initiated a drive to collect water, food, and other items to help the people of southeast Texas recover from historic flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey last week.

    His intentions weren’t self-serving, but were about serving those in need.

    But perhaps they will also serve as reminders that when tragedy strikes, our best possible response should be empathy, compassion and yes - action.