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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Moving to the head of the class

    Congratulations are in order to Spencer County. The Kentucky Department of Education last week released it’s report card on schools and districts across the Commonwealth, and Spencer County got very respectable grades. In fact, it could be said that Spencer County is moving to the head of the class.

    Out of over 170 districts in the state, Spencer County is ranked 38th in the latest report, continuing its steady ascent. For the first time, the district has earned ‘distinguished’ status.

  • From our readers: Principal’s immediate response draws praise from parent

    I would like to take a moment to bring to the readership’s attention the dedication of our middle school principal. I had a question regarding the middle school and decided to look up Principal Matt Mercer’s e-mail address and drop him a line. To my surprise, I’d hardly hit the ‘send button’ before a professional, courteous reply was returned.

  • Embrace the new

    I’m an old codger of sorts, and have been for a long time. I think old music is much better than the new stuff. Old cars and trucks turn my head much more than the newer models and they don’t make good television shows like Andy Griffith any more. Now get off my lawn!

    Ok, I’m not that bad, but I do have an affinity and appreciation for days gone by. I think we, as a culture, too often cast aside the old in preference of the new, often with little regard for how practical, useful and effective the old was.

  • What’s Kentucky offering?

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s recent stop in Kentucky to try and convince businesses to move south to the Sunshine State was met with predictable derision from the political establishment.

    Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer used Scott’s visit to remind people of the Florida governor’s baggage from his past tenure as CEO of the Columbia HCA hospital chain, which purchased Humana’s “Galen” hospitals in the early 1990s.

  • Comer thinks hemp has bright future in Kentucky

    Hemp has come a long way, increasing from 33 acres in 2014 — the first legal crop in Kentucky — to more than 922 acres planted this year.

    “Welcome to Kentucky, the leading industrial hemp-producing state in the country. It feels good to say that,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer told a sold-out crowd Monday at the annual Hemp Industries Association Conference in Lexington.