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Today's Opinions

  • New law may help smokers kick the habit

    For the nearly 900,000 smokers in Kentucky, there has never been a better time to quit.

    During the 2017 legislative session, the General Assembly passed much needed legislation to equip individuals addicted to tobacco with the tools they need to quit successfully. The smoking cessation coverage bill (Senate Bill 89) removes barriers that limit patient access to evidence-based cessation treatments.

  • California bullying tactics

    The State of California recently announced that it is banning any state-funded travel to Kentucky. That means state employees, athletic teams of state universities and anyone traveling on the taxpayer dime from California will be banned from our wonderful Commonwealth.

    Why?

    Simply because Kentucky values freedom and the liberties that our Founding Fathers tried to secure and preserve for us over 240 years ago.

  • Unite this 4th of July

    Over two hundred years ago, our Founding Fathers put their lives on the line to create a new country in which freedom reigned. These men had a vision of a nation unafraid to face its enemies and win. We, the people of the United States, have faced insurmountable odds since our young country’s conception but continue to fight for our God-given rights unique to the United States of America.

  • Presumed guilty?

    In 2015, the majority of Kentuckians in 106 counties voted for a governor they believed would change the trajectory of the state for the better: Matt Bevin. Voters were tired of the political status quo—unfunded pensions, deep-seated political corruption, false promises, and thousands of jobs lost to neighboring states.  

  • Minutes should not take hours

    Of all the issues local government entities face, it’s hard to imagine that approving the minutes from previous meetings would generate controversy. Never underestimate small town politics.

    For several months, some on the Spencer County Fiscal Court have taken issue with County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock’s insistence upon providing word-for-word transcripts of some discussions held in fiscal court meetings as part of the minutes.

  • College athletics are a farce

    University of Louisville fans reacted with shock last week when the NCAA handed down harsh penalties in the wake of a scandal involving the Cardinal basketball team, strippers and prostitutes.

    Sadly, there seems to be more outrage expressed by fans and some within the administration over the penalties than with the sordid details of the actual allegations.

    That’s a sad commentary on our society, but also a pretty accurate gauge of the importance we place on college sports these days. It should also be a wake-up call.

  • Civility in America is on life-support

    Civility is on life support. But the body politic was sick long before James T. Hodgkinson assaulted GOP Congressmen at a baseball practice, critically wounding Con. Steve Scalise and wounding five others after asking whether the men on the field were Republicans or Democrats.

  • Happy Birthday to Kentucky

    This past weekend, some friends and I took a canoe trip down the Kentucky River. It was a secluded, 18-mile stretch beginning at Camp Nelson and winding through the beautiful Kentucky River Palisades to High Bridge.

    It was also remote. From Friday morning when we left Camp Nelson, until nearly mid-day on Saturday, we never saw another soul. No sounds of cars, no other boats, simply near-wilderness on both sides of the river.