Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • If it ain’t broke...

    Then don’t fix it.

    There’s wisdom in that logic and it seems to mirror the philosophy the Taylorsville City Commission used when it voted to promote Major Kenny Stewart to the position of Police Chief last week.

  • Protesting the national anthem

    Forty summers ago, Rick Monday of the Chicago Cubs ran across the outfield at Dodger Stadium and swiped an American flag that had been laid on the ground, covered with lighter fluid, and was about to be set ablaze by two young men.

    In the summer of 1976 tensions were still high over the Vietnam War, racial tensions were at a fever pitch in some American cities over forced busing, and protesters were demanding their rights to express themselves.

    Not much has changed.

  • Doubling down on pension secrecy

    Legislation during this year’s General Assembly requiring disclosure of public retirement benefits for all current and former lawmakers, “including their name, status, and projected or actual retirement benefit payments,” passed the Republican-run state Senate with unanimous, bipartisan support from all 38 senators and flew through the Democratically controlled House State Government Committee with 19 of the 21 members who voted approving it.

  • From our readers - Reader thanks good samaritans

    I want to thank several people (whose names I do not remember) for recently coming to my aide.

    On Saturday, July 16, I was on my motorcycle riding east on Hwy 1169 from Normandy towards Rivals. A deer jumped into my path, and after striking it, the motorcycle and I ended up in a ditch on the right side of the roadway. The motorcycle was upside down and I had a broken arm as well as other serious injuries.