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Today's Opinions

  • From our readers - City should not control the county

    My name is Navy Evan Keeling and I am a long time resident of Spencer County.  I have lived in the county and have observed the city run this county, yet the city was really never concerned about the county until the last few years.  

  • Admiration for our teachers

    It’s been nearly 30 years, but I remember the dread I felt when our Army Reserve unit was told that a good portion of us were going to be required to go to drill sergeant school. Our unit’s mission was training, most specifically, armor training, which meant teaching soldiers how to become tankers. But now, they wanted many of us to wear those campaign hats and lead cadence.

  • Happy talk won’t raise real grad rates

    It’s bad enough that Washington, D.C.-area groups use Kentucky’s inflated high school graduation rates to make wild claims about how the commonwealth is a leader among states in handing out diplomas and closing graduation gaps between poor and better-off students.
    Feel-good reports like the Johns Hopkins School of Education and Civic Enterprises’ study, “For all Kids: How Kentucky is Closing the High School Graduation Gap for Low-Income Students,” simply drive the volume of happy talk backing the status quo in Kentucky up another level.

  • Tipton co-sponsors bill supporting police

    In light of the recent nationwide tragedies concerning the safety of law enforcement, Kentucky legislators are making it a priority to protect those who protect their communities. Representative James Tipton, R-Taylorsville, is a co-sponsor of House Bill 12, which would make it a hate crime to target emergency responders. The success of this bill would make Kentucky the second state to legislatively protect public safety workers relating to hate crime law. Louisiana passed similar legislation earlier this year.

  • The Magnet wants to hear your voice

    Interactive is not a word one often associates with a newspaper. In an age of advanced technology where messages are sent with the click of a mouse or a few taps on your cellphone, the printed word seems a bit archaic and old-fashioned.

  • Election 2016 is harsh reality

    I remember the craze and rabid interest that surrounded a television show that debuted many years ago that I thought at the time was just a poor attempt to recapture the magic of Gilligan’s Island.

    The show was Survivor, and more than just chronicling the lives of contestants who were put on a remote island to seemingly fend for themselves and survive the elements and each other, it ushered in a new form of entertainment called reality television.

  • Efforts to combat the Zika virus

    Like many Kentuckians, I am concerned about the growing threat of Zika virus in this country. As we head deeper into the summer, infected mosquitos are expected to transmit and spread the virus throughout the southern United States, including potentially Kentucky.

    Anyone can contract this mosquito-borne illness, but it is especially troubling for expectant mothers and their babies.

  • From our readers - March to Recovery draws attention on heroin addiction

    There is a great battle taking place in our communities. Too many have seen their sons and daughters fall victim to heroin and drug addiction. This has resulted in much anguish and pain for many families with the loss of life from overdoses and the daily turmoil of an addicted loved one.