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Today's Opinions

  • From our readers - Right to Work is not what it seems

    The headline reads Right to Work in KY. The print size is easily twice as large as any other article, is in bold type and absolutely dominates the page. Unfortunately, the substance of the text just doesn’t live up to the hype. The simple fact is that “right to work” has absolutely nothing to do with anyone’s right to work; in Kentucky or anywhere in the United States. And the man who wrote the article knows it!

  • Ark is floating along smoothly

    My wife and I didn’t take a cruise for our wedding anniversary last week, but we did board a huge ship that was docked on dry land in rural Grant County.

    We visited the Ark Encounter, the lifesize replica of Noah’s Ark that has  generated no shortage of controversy since its announced construction several years ago. It also continues to attract massive crowds, and on Saturday, we were just two of nearly 7,000 people who visited the attraction.

  • Sheriff should improvise

    Improvise, adapt and overcome.

    Fans of Clint Eastwood may recognize that phrase, uttered by the actor when he played a combat-toughened Marine sergeant in the movie, “Heartbreak Ridge.”

    It’s an unofficial slogan of the USMC designed to inspire problem solving under less-than-ideal conditions. Apparently, that’s what Sheriff Buddy Stump is facing these days as his current building is infested with mold that may or may not be directly linked to the recent illnesses of two county employees who required hospital treatment.

  • From our readers - Thank a teacher during Retired Teacher Appreciation Week

    What does it mean to be a retired educator? A person who volunteers countless hours to make our community a better place to live. A person, through his/her pension who contributes thousands of dollars in taxes and spends their money to support local businesses. A person who has made a difference in the lives of his/her former students. A person who never quits caring about the well-being of others.

  • Teachers come in all forms

    This is National Retired Teachers Week and a good opportunity for us who made it out of the classroom to reflect back upon those who helped us succeed.

    I don’t have vivid recollections of a lot of my time in school. I’m not sure if that means I was traumatized somehow or just didn’t pay attention, but I marvel at people my age who can remember details about their second grade teacher, who they ate lunch with and activities they did in school.

  • Right to work in KY

    Two policies impacted by state ballot initiatives and the presidential election itself that could also directly affect Kentuckians involve tobacco and right-to-work.

    The Bluegrass State has plenty of one but none of the other.

    Kentucky stood still while several states, including neighboring Indiana and West Virginia, moved forward with right-to-work policies, which protect employees from being forced to pay union dues in order to keep their jobs.

  • From our readers - Thanks for supporting Dawson Moore Scholarship

    I would like to thank all who bought jewelry and other items that we sold at the Octoberfest on Saturday, October 1st. Gloria Williams was the winner of the blue and white afghan drawn from tickets bought for a fundraiser for the scholarship fund.

  • Remembering our county’s unique history

    The return of the Quantrill historical marker came with little fanfare, just as it’s disappearance several months ago was noticed by few. Perhaps it’s because we drive by these historical markers located in various spots around the county and pay little attention to them. That’s a shame.