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Matter of Opinion

  • Hate goes beyond a hat

    Our nation is full of hate and we’re reaching a tipping point.
    The confrontation between a group of Covington Catholic High School students, a small contingent of Black Hebrew Israelites and a drumming Native American on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. is proof that we’ve gone off the rails.

  • No shame in masculinity

    “Be a man.”
    It’s an admonition young boys have heard and heeded throughout the centuries, and civilization is better for it. Men who embraced courage, strength, fortitude, perseverance and other masculine virtues have blazed trails, sailed the seas, discovered, explored and settled new lands. They have combatted injustice, sometimes paying the ultimate sacrifice, and they have acted and spoken with integrity on behalf of the oppressed and downtrodden. Men are vital to the survival of civilization.

  • Deuling or feuding?

    Elected officials in Kentucky must swear or affirm that they have never participated in a duel with deadly weapons as part of their oath of office. It seems out of place in 2019, but political passions run high in the commonwealth.
    Early in my career, I saw and heard some pretty heated exchanges among public officials. At a Jackson County School Board meeting, one board member asked another to step outside as they found themselves embroiled in a heated exchange.

  • Avoid a P.C. Christmas

    Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer is no longer deemed appropriate television for children because it normalizes bullying, bad parenting and catagorizing people as outcasts. That’s the latest charge from the political correctness authorities.
    Meanwhile, at least one radio station has decided it will no longer play the winter song “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” because some knuckleheads think it’s a celebration of date rape. Really? Have they been paying attention to the sordid lyrics of what passes as popular music these days?

  • Centuries of Thankfulness

    Nearly 400 years ago, the first Thanksgiving was celebrated when a small settlement of 50 Pilgrims invited about 90 Indians for a feast to celebrate the friendly ties among the two peoples, and to give thanks to God for helping the small settlement survive a very harsh winter as they prepared to endure the second.

  • Boo Humbug

    Trick-or-Treating wasn’t always a thing. There was a time when Halloween saw much more crime and chaos than chocolate and candy. That seemed to change after WWII and the tradition of visiting neighborhoods seemed to flourish for a few decades.

  • From heroin to heroine

    It takes a lot of courage to talk publicly about your failures. With that in mind, I’m not sure I’ve met many braver individuals than SarahAnn Greewell.
    Sarah’s story of her battle with drug addiction appears on our front page this week. She initially submitted a letter to the editor (published on this page) to thank the first respoonders who helped save her life after an overdose earlier this year. It’s not the kind of letter we get often, so I reached out to her and she was both eager and open to sharing more of her story.

  • Thoughts and prayers matter

    Critics and mockers often laugh and shrug off the ‘thoughts and prayers’ offered up by well-intentioned people in the wake of tragedies.
    Most recently, that’s been the case when mass shootings, like those that take place in schools, leave a nation mourning and asking the repeated questions of “how” and “why?”

  • A heavy emotional toll

    We often see them battling fires, tearing cars apart to reach victims, crawling into unsafe conditions to render first aid, or putting their lives on the line chasing the bad guy. The job of a first responder can be challenging and treacherous, but often overlooked is the emotional toll these jobs can take.
    Last Thursday, some of our own first responders from the Sheriff’s office, fire department and EMS, dealt with a tragedy when a six-year-old boy was killed in a tractor accident.

  • Ignore Twitter storms

    Journalism and baseball are being destroyed by Twitter.
    Click onto many internet news sites, and even tune into an evening cable news network, and it’s suprising how many stories revolve around Twitter messages – and not just the questionable ones that originate from the Oval Office.