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Today's Opinions

  • The Class of '18

    Congratulations to the Class of 2018. Whether you graduated from Spencer County High School, Hillview Academy, or received a degree from college or a certification from a technical school, this is a pivotal moment in your life.
    You deserve to take a breath, reflect on your accomplishments and pause to thank those who helped you along the way. But make it brief. Life is waiting for you and you can’t afford to rest on your laurels.
    Opportunity awaits and the choices you make over the next few years will go a long way in determining the rest of your life.

  • We need the pride of ownership

    A pot-hole filled parking lot at a hotel might be a nuisance, but a crumbling driveway at your house might spur you to action. It’s amazing what we might be willing to put up with when we distance ourselves from ownership.
    Sadly, for many people who now call Spencer County home, they don’t always treat it like home. These are residents who simply spend the night here, but whose jobs, commerce, and other activities take place across the Jefferson County line.

  • No excuses: Secure our schools

    If a homeowner or business owner continued to be burglarized, do you believe he or she would be most concerned about the tools used to gain entry? Would they spend days and weeks pondering the mental mindset of the person breaking in? Would they suggest townhall meetings or new laws to limit access to bolt cutters or new programs to identify and counsel would-be thieves?

  • Voting honors our veterans

    It’s so fitting that in Kentucky, elections, whether they be May primaries or November general elections, typically fall on or near the same week Americans celebrate veterans. In November, it’s Veterans Day and in May, it’s Memorial Day.
    Few things are more American than the freedom to vote, and that freedom has been purchased with the sacrifice of the blood of tens of thousands of Kentuckians who have laid down their lives in the defense of our liberties since before Kentucky gained statehood in 1792.

  • Those ugly signs are symbols of our freedom

    Some people hate dandelions. They even spray their yard for them and do everything possible to keep the weeds with the bright yellow blooms from overtaking their yard. While many consider them a nuisance and unsightly, they do serve as a refreshing symbol that spring has sprung and after a long, cold winter, it’s nice to be reminded of that.
    It’s the same way with political yard signs. They are often unsightly, sometimes seem uncontrollable and they start to appear about the same time as the dandelions, and are usually less appealing.

  • My take on the pension crisis

    When I was 17-years-old, I crossed the stage in the gym of my high school, received my diploma, and then walked into my future. At that point, I had decisions to make that would impact the rest of my life. Among the most important – what was I going to do for the next 40-50 years.

  • Let’s talk about school

    Should kids be forced to attend school?
    That’s a question raised by a local teacher in a video he posted to YouTube last week.
    The premise alone is controversial, but there were other aspects of Mark Hawkins’ 16 minute, self-recorded comments that raise concerns as well.

  • Letters to the Editor

    Navy veteran supports
    Buddy Stump

    For 52 years, I have had the privilege and honor to grow up, know and be friends with your Sheriff, Donald “Buddy” Stump.