Today's Opinions

  • Finding the right balance

    Twice last year, Spencer Countians who live near creeks and streams had to move to higher ground when heavy rains turned those waterways into raging rivers that caused property damage and even threatened lives.

    Twice, residents had to clean up, dry out and rebuild fences, driveways and other property damaged by the high water. It left many land owners wanting to take action to try to prevent future flooding.

  • Take part in the political process by voting Tuesday

    It’s hard to miss with the TV commercials, direct mailers and yard signs soliciting votes – but Kentucky is about to have a general election.

    The candidates, including those running for governor, have done their jobs. Now, it’s up to voters to do their jobs.

  • From our readers: Settlers Center potholes a pain

    This letter is written to the owners or operators of businesses in Settler’s Center.

    Settler’s Center is the primary place where we all do our business: Salt River Electric, Froman’s Drugs, Taco Bell, Subway, Hometown Pizza, Dollar General, Riley’s Barber Shop, CUB Bank, CountryMart and Radio Shack. This amounts to more than a thousand dollars each month.

  • From our readers: Why did Magistrates vote no on Tanglewood Drive?

    I believe a magistrate’s job is to listen to the members of his district, and address their concerns. The magistrate should be an advocate for the citizens he represents by answering their questions and supporting their needs. So I was very disappointed with Campbranch magistrate Collis Rogers when he made a motion that effectively killed the issue of Tanglewood Drive maintenance at the last Fiscal Court meeting.

  • Bridges to education

    I spent nearly an hour on the old blue bridge Monday afternoon watching crews lower the first of four, nearly 70-ton beams, down onto pillars as they worked on the new span that will cross the Salt River when completed.

    I walked away with a renewed appreciation for knowledge, the kind not necessarily learned in a lecture hall or from a book, but from doing.

  • Social issues should never be off-limits

    With the 2015 election season nearing the finish line, voter guides of all political stripes have made their rounds, including the Commonwealth Policy Center’s. It focuses entirely on social issues and asks candidates’ views on the defense of the unborn, opposition to the industrialization of gambling, the protection of religious convictions in the public square, and marriage between a man and a woman.

  • Preparing for ‘16 budget

    I found myself teaching elementary-age students about civics and public service in Casey County this week as part of America’s Legislators Back to School Program.

  • Is the Pope the authority?

    I was fascinated by the media coverage given to Pope Francis’s visit to America last week. I was even more amused by watching the differing groups in America lining up to use the Pope’s words to bolster their own agenda.

    Liberal groups were salivating for the Pope to echo their concerns about social justice issues like poverty and immigration.

    Social conservatives were there to shout a hearty “Amen” when the Pope addressed issues like abortion.