Matter of Opinion

  • Providing parents a choice

    Children are both an enormous blessing and responsibility. New parents gush with pride when they hold their newborn babies in their arms for the first time and they can also feel the weight of the world on their shoulders as they realize that they are now responsible for the health, safety, welfare, training, discipline and eduction of that child as it grows into adulthood.

  • Hoaxes are hate crimes

    I had never heard of Jussie Smollett before he alleged late last month that he was the victim of a hate crime that targeted him because of his race and sexual orientation.
    In the days following, his story garnered national headlines and attention and politicians raced to the mics to denounce the climate of bigotry they say has increased since the election of President Donald Trump, who they blame as divisive.

  • H.S. Hoops at its best!

    Before things like binge watching, video games and social networks, communities would gather together at places of worship. Often in Kentucky, that not only meant churches, but their local high school basketball gym.
    Yes, there was a time when high school basketball was very much like a religion in this state. Whether or not that’s healthy is up for you to decide, but it did make for some excitement when people would pack the gym, bands would play loudly, and players would run out onto the court to do battle with their rival from the next county over.

  • 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.