Today's Opinions

  • 9-11 - A missed opportunity

    Like most everyone else, 15 years ago, I was glued to the television set watching the images out of New York City, Washington, D.C., and that eerie field in Pennsylvania, and quietly wondered if there was more yet to come.

    In the hours after terrorists hijacked planes and delivered the most brutal attack on American soil in history, I was struck by the frailty of man, even man in the most powerful nation on earth. It was a sobering reminder that all that man has built or created can be diminished to rubble in the blink of an eye.

  • How bout a little respect?

    Whether or not county employees deserve a pay raise as proposed by Judge-Executive John Riley is open for debate. However, what county employees do deserve is an apology and a whole lot more respect than they were shown during last week’s fiscal court meeting.

  • Sept 17-23 is Constitution Week

    There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the United States Constitution, which set forth the framework for the federal government that is still in use today. While Independence Day is a beloved national holiday, fewer people know about Constitution Week, an annual commemoration of the living document that upholds and protects the freedoms central to our American way of life. This year, the annual celebration begins September 17, 2016.

  • From our readers - Scout thankful for help with Eagle project

    I would like to thank everyone that helped make my Eagle Scout project a big success. First of all, I would like to thank Ken Thompson, who, sadly, passed away before the project was completed. He suggested the project to me and gave me the paint.

    The project was to repair and paint the community gazebo out in front of the Spencer County High School.

    I would also like to thank the many businesses who donated supplies, water, food and other items.

  • Tough love needed on drugs

    If I remember correctly from my Boy Scout days, one of the first priorities when you come upon a badly injured person who is losing lots of blood, is to stop the bleeding.

    So we learned how to apply direct pressure, put on bandages, and if worse came to worse - put on a tourniquet.

  • Civics needs to return to our classrooms

    As we transition into September and children are settling into their school year routines, I am excited to participate once again in the America’s Legislators Back to School Program. Hosted by the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL), the program helps legislators educate young constituents in their classrooms on the values of civic participation and the legislative process.

  • AG’s actions pose threat to openness

    Amye Bensenhaver likes to talk. There’s no denying that. She’s talks fast, too, like she’s afraid she won’t be able to give you all the information she has before the next question comes. And Amye has a lot of information.

    That is, of course, why I called her.

  • GOP to boycott Stumbo meeting

    House Republicans planned to boycott Tuesday’s special meeting of House members called by Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo, House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover said Monday.

    In a news release, Hoover called the meeting a “charade” and said it was a way for Stumbo to pay House Democrats for a day of salary and expenses for coming to Frankfort for Tuesday evening’s political fundraiser for the House Democratic caucus.