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Opinion

  • To the Editor,

    As stated in the Preamble to the Constitution, two of the primary reasons our government exists are to “establish Justice” and “insure domestic Tranquility.” In order to achieve those goals, we must have a robust and fair criminal justice system with adequate funding for both prosecutors and public defenders.

  • When tragedy like the one earlier this month in Las Vegas strikes America, many Americans feel the overwhelming desire to strike out against our liberties, even if it means violating the U.S. Constitution.

    Yes, mass shootings are horrendous, senseless tragedies. When 59 Americans are gunned down by a sniper we understandably want to ask who, how and why?  But we should resist the temptation to take scissors to the founding documents our Founding Fathers carefully crafted to protect our freedoms.

  • Are you an Independent voter?

    Are you tired of being refused the opportunity to vote in Kentucky primary elections?

    Openprimaries.org is a national organization working to make open primaries available in all fifty states and you should take up the challenge to make them a reality here.

    Kentucky is one of only seventeen states which does not permit open primaries and recent national polls have found that as much as 43% of the electorate considers itself as Independent.  More and more young voters are listing themselves as Independent.

  • “Be careful.”

    How many times did our mothers utter those two words as we walked out of the door growing up. Regardless of whether we were headed off to school, over to a friend’s house, or just stepping out to the backyard to play, those words were often the last thing we heard before the slamming of the screen door behind us.

  • Recently, Senator Bernie Sanders unveiled a single-payer healthcare plan called “Medicare for All.” Sanders titled his approach for nationalizing one-sixth of the American economy as “Medicare for All” in order to offer a template for his vision of the U.S. healthcare system. Unfortunately, using Medicare as the template for the nation’s healthcare system is a little like using the production model for the Lada, the “people’s car” of the former Soviet Union, as the blue-print for the U.S. auto industry.

  • When Ellen heard her husband come through the door, she knew this would be a bad night. Quickly sending her kids to their room, she turned the music up so they wouldn’t hear what was coming. After last night’s beating, Ellen had made sure to do all he’d asked of her today: cooked his food, cleaned the house, washed and folded his clothes, and dressed exactly the way he wanted. Still, it was never enough. As he walked toward her, Ellen wondered just what she’d done wrong this time.

  • Many decades ago, my master’s thesis entitled  “Prejudice And the Poor” ended with what I discovered was the idea that a nation’s morality can be determined by the way it treats it’s most vulnerable citizens.   

  • Roger Goodell complains that President Trump shows a lack of respect for the NFL by criticizing the black players who refuse to honor our U.S. flag.  Goodell should be shown no respect because Goodell and the NFL has shown no respect for their own players.

    Goodell and the NFL has worked to suppress the scientific evidence that the head banging in a football game has led to permanent brain damage in players.  A recent PBS program went into the suppression by the NFL in great detail.

  • The Spencer County Board of Education Monday night approved a $5.28 million project that will greatly improve the athletic facilities at the high school. The improvements are welcome and long overdue.

    Spencer County schools have seen a sharp increase in test scores over the years and the new reputation is spreading far and wide. Real estate professionals now tell us that our local schools are now helping attract people to the community, where before, they sometimes worked as a liability.

  • Political correctness is not just silly, it’s dangerous. The NFL is about to find out how costly it can be now that it has firmly sided with players who have made the decision to dishonor America, the flag and those who have served, by kneeling for the National Anthem.

    The initial response to those who support the players is that they are honoring our country by exercising their freedoms. That’s like honoring your mom’s unconditional, forgiving love by slapping her on Mother’s Day.

  • Leaders at the University of Louisville are reacting to comments made by Gov. Matt Bevin recently, in which he called for the university presidents and governing boards to focus their resources on programs delivering graduates to high-demand jobs “that matter” and consider eliminating programs that fail to do so.

  • It takes great discipline and sometimes even a cold heart to clean out an attic, closet, basement or garage. Over the years it’s easy to accumulate many things once of some value, that now only take up space. For many, it’s hard to let go of some of these belongings. We sometimes deceive ourselves of their importance or future worth, but if we’re serious about restoring order, we have to chunk many things that are non-essential.

  • Legislators frequently grumble about Kentuckians’ lack of interest in, attention to and knowledge of complicated issues like the public-pension system.

    Some observation about how “people’s eyes glaze over when I start talking pensions” usually accompanies such grievances.

  • The National Football League began play this week and all eyes were on the flag. Not the  yellow ones that signal a penalty has been committed, but the U.S. flag that all eyes are on during the singing of the National Anthem before each game.

    That pre-game moment that has been a tradition at sporting events since WWII, has been the focus of controversy the past two seasons because a few players have chosen that moment to express political viewpoints.

  • I wrote to “Majority” leader Mitch McConnell to try to find out his thoughts on the Obama are situation and how he was going to handle it now. I had already heard that once the Republicans had the House they would do something. OOPS! Next it was as soon as they had the Senate. It was going out “roots and all.” OOPS!

  • Monday marked the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 9-11 that took over 3,000 American lives, ushered us into a war that has no foreseeable end, and changed life as we know it in so many ways.

    It feels awkward to call it an anniversary. It’s more of a moment etched in time that we wish had never happened, but one we dare never to forget. But yet each passing year takes us a year further away from the horrors of that Tuesday morning.

  • With the news about the Commonwealth’s pension systems this week, I’m reminded of the old adage that a lie makes 50 tweets at the departure gate before the truth has a chance to turn off Airplane mode. Put simply, there’s a lot of fear and trepidation about the state’s various pension systems, and understandably so—these pensions in many cases represent the livelihood of individuals and their families. However, there are also a lot of misrepresentations so hopefully this letter will help assuage some of the fears by providing some essential facts.

  • The pension crisis that’s been ignored and avoided for years is finally being addressed by leaders in Frankfort. The realities are harsh, the numbers don’t add up, and the solutions being suggested so far might require sacrifice, pain and more than a little compromise.

    Problem-solving is a task best performed when we attack the issue, and not each other. But given that this issue directly impacts our bank accounts, people are drawing battle lines, digging in and it’s about to get ugly.