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Today's Opinions

  • Kentucky Chamber lauds state budget

    Many in the business community didn’t know what to expect when the 2016 General Assembly convened in early January. Gov. Bevin had just been sworn in a few weeks before after a contentious gubernatorial campaign, House Democrats were barely hanging on to their majority after several key appointments and party flipping by members, and there was a special election for four seats in the House that had the potential to shift the balance of power. 



  • Guns don’t trigger violence

    Large cities have a problem with violence. Whether it’s Chicago, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Miami or any other metropolis from sea to shining sea, American cities are among the most dangerous places you can live.

    If you spend any time watching network or cable news, or perusing the mainstream media, you likely associate that violence with the presence of guns. The theme many push is that the more guns in a community, the more dangerous that place becomes.

  • Never forget

    Monday is Memorial Day and for millions of Americans, it’s a day to celebrate the unofficial start of summer.

    Picnics, ballgames, and a three-day weekend will be cause for celebration in this community and all across the United States.

    But the day was never intended to be solely about pleasing ourselves. Rather, Memorial Day was set aside for Americans to remember those who have died protecting our freedoms.

  • Art imitates life

    Sometimes the most important lessons we learn at school do not take place in the classroom, nor are they gleaned from a textbook. In many instances, those defining moments occur in the hallways, the gyms, the athletic fields or, as evidenced this past weekend, on a stage.

  • Blackmail in the bathroom

    Presidents lead. Tyrants rule.

    That was the lesson Americans should have finally learned last week when the Obama administration handed down their decree from on high, forcing public schools to open restrooms and locker rooms to students according to the gender they happen to identify with that day.

    This wasn’t merely a presidential suggestion or a recommendation, but the directive was accompanied by a threat to cut off federal funding to schools who dared not to comply.

  • Legislative wrap-up from Senator Higdon

    The final week of the 2016 General Assembly was marked by the passage of a $21 billion spending plan for the two-year period beginning July 1, and it is being hailed as the most conservative budget the commonwealth has seen in a generation.

    Governor Matt Bevin set the parameters for the state budget debate when he announced his proposed budget in January. He proposed major funding increases to Kentucky’s struggling pension systems and asked other areas of state government to participate in funding reductions.

  • A history of national prayer

    Americans gathered to pray last week, in small towns and big cities. The National Day of Prayer is an annual event born from the patriotic spirit of our Founding Fathers.

    Unlike our current President, our Founding Fathers did not tiptoe around which diety they prayed to and history is chock full of evidence of those prayers.

    In September of 1774, after news that British troops had confiscated gunpowder supplies in Boston, tensions were high as the Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia.

  • Students tackle issues

     

    EDITOR’S NOTE: As part of their senior projects, several seniors research an issue and submit a letter to the newspaper explaining their stand and what they’ve learned. We publish these unedited, as submitted.

    Addicted Youth: PATRICK ROOD