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Today's Opinions

  • Better safe than sorry

    It would have been easy to quickly dismiss Friday’s phoned-in threat to Taylorsville Elementary School as simply a hoax and resume normal operations. However, school officials and local police are to be commended for taking the threat seriously and going the extra mile to ensure the safety of students throughout the day.

  • DEA blows up pot propaganda

    The high hopes of marijuana advocates went up in smoke last week when the Drug Enforcement Administration refused to remove the drug from their list of Schedule 1 controlled substances.

    In making the announcement, the DEA said their decision was “tethered to science,” noting that there is no known medical benefit, but a high risk of abuse.

    The decision clouds the law, especially in a number of states where recreational marijuana has been legalized, and in even more states where medical use of marijuana is legal.

  • Public awareness key to national security

    Too often we hear of terrorist attacks and deadly incidents that in many cases could have been prevented or somehow lessened. Strange and erratic behavior is sometimes the first clue to a potential danger posed to our community. That is why the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security developed the “Eye on Kentucky” program.

  • Don’t rush the levee trail

    We’ve championed the idea of a trail around the levee for a while, and now that it’s been identified as a priority project in the city’s strategic plan, excitement is building.

    That excitement creates energy and momentum and the last thing needed now is for the wind to be taken out of the sails.

    To be clear, that doesn’t appear to be what the Levee Commission is trying to do as they urge the trail committee to hold off on actual work until they can complete the complex task of having the flood wall recertified.

  • From our readers - City should not control the county

    My name is Navy Evan Keeling and I am a long time resident of Spencer County.  I have lived in the county and have observed the city run this county, yet the city was really never concerned about the county until the last few years.  

  • Admiration for our teachers

    It’s been nearly 30 years, but I remember the dread I felt when our Army Reserve unit was told that a good portion of us were going to be required to go to drill sergeant school. Our unit’s mission was training, most specifically, armor training, which meant teaching soldiers how to become tankers. But now, they wanted many of us to wear those campaign hats and lead cadence.

  • Happy talk won’t raise real grad rates

    It’s bad enough that Washington, D.C.-area groups use Kentucky’s inflated high school graduation rates to make wild claims about how the commonwealth is a leader among states in handing out diplomas and closing graduation gaps between poor and better-off students.
    Feel-good reports like the Johns Hopkins School of Education and Civic Enterprises’ study, “For all Kids: How Kentucky is Closing the High School Graduation Gap for Low-Income Students,” simply drive the volume of happy talk backing the status quo in Kentucky up another level.

  • Tipton co-sponsors bill supporting police

    In light of the recent nationwide tragedies concerning the safety of law enforcement, Kentucky legislators are making it a priority to protect those who protect their communities. Representative James Tipton, R-Taylorsville, is a co-sponsor of House Bill 12, which would make it a hate crime to target emergency responders. The success of this bill would make Kentucky the second state to legislatively protect public safety workers relating to hate crime law. Louisiana passed similar legislation earlier this year.