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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Stevens’ career was built on helping others

    The word service is defined in the dictionary as “work done for somebody else.”
    We think that describes Darrell Stevens very well. For years, he was on call day and night, never knowing what the next emergency might be. Probably in his mind, hoping the accident wouldn’t involve someone he knew, but in many, and probably most cases, it did.
    Being a small, or what used to be a small county, if you are not related to someone involved in an accident, you probably know someone who is.

  • COLUMN: Tragedies show how precious life is

    It would most likely sound cliche for me to say in light of recent events in Spencer County that life is precious — but are we ever really at risk of saying that too much?

  • COLUMN: Will success come from mandatory school attendance?

    Every parent wants his or her child to succeed in life. Early on, parents can help by making sure that their children can read. And they need to keep them in school. This is the parent’s responsibility, but some in Frankfort want to take that responsibility away from them by mandating school attendance until they’re 18 years old.

  • COLUMN: Senate is focused on education bills

    This was a very busy week in Frankfort with many visitors and a lot of discussion on pending issues from both chambers of the General Assembly.
    On Tuesday, the Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 75, which addresses safety options for religious groups that operate horse-drawn buggies. As co-sponsor of this bill, I am proud of this legislation and the efforts made by fellow members and citizens from all over the Commonwealth.

  • COLUMN: Who's on (the ballot) first?

    Parts of this year’s legislative session have reminded this reporter of the comedy sketch, “Who’s on First?” made popular by the vaudeville act Abbott and Costello.
    Though not nearly as humorous, the jockeying around of state representatives — especially as they pertain to Spencer County — has been just as confusing.
    Just when we think we’ve figured out an answer to the question, “Who’s our representative?” one side or the other throws a curve ball to mix us up once again.

  • ONLINE-ONLY COLUMN: Senate passes three education bills

    The Senate passed several bills last week. Of these bills, three education bills are of particular importance.

  • ONLINE-ONLY COLUMN: No gambling on this budget

    In his state of the Commonwealth address, Governor Steve Beshear laid it out fairly straight — we have to tighten our belts. Again. Like every responsible family in the Commonwealth we need to establish a reasonable budget, and exercise the discipline to stick to it. We’ve been doing a pretty good job of that for the last four years, although we haven’t been shy about our bonding (which is borrowing money on a 20-year payback.)

  • COLUMN: Valentine's Day, by the numbers

    Last week, I shared some Super Bowl food facts, by the numbers, and this week, I’ve come across some interesting numbers regarding the next national holiday – the day of love.
    Although according to this week’s poll, an overwhelming majority of you aren’t too keen on the holiday, I think the following facts are interesting enough just the same.
    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the following numbers carry some weight around Valentine’s Day:
    •24.7 pounds – The per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2010.