Today's Opinions

  • A promising start to 2019

    Remember your first day of school and how excited it was to start new? I would arrive and sit in my homeroom, usually wearing new shoes Mom had forbidden me to wear until that day.
    Back then, we didn’t have backpacks, but we had a couple of notebooks or a binder, and maybe even a pencil box in younger grades. Inside that box were sharpened pencils, a colorful box of brand new crayons and maybe a small pair of scissors. Everything I had was neat and organized.

  • Resolve to get involved in 2019

    Flipping the calendar over to a brand new year brings new opportunities and fresh beginnings. It’s the time of year when many people make resolutions and resolve to break old habits or begin new ones.
    This year, new elected officials begin new terms in Spencer County, and there’s a real chance for progress, as long as office holders will keep their focus on the county and not be distracted by petty differences, political spats or personality conflicts. It’s easier said than done, but citizens should demand it.

  • Dear Santa, I wish...

    Last week, we published letters from hundreds of young Spencer County students who reached out to St. Nick with their Christmas wish list. While we had his attention,  I may have sent a note up to the North Pole as well. My list included the following:

  • Thanks to all who served

    Elected officials often hear criticism, and rarely hear praise. Of course, they sometimes do things taxpayers don’t like, and those who disagree are typically way more vocal than those who agree.
    Still, as a number of elected officials prepare to leave office soon, it’s fitting to at least acknowledge their willingness to do an often thankless job that comes with a big target.

  • Focus on Future Kentuckians

    I’m not a proponent of lowering the voting age, but if we could figure out a way for future generations to cast proxy ballots on issues that they’ll be facing 20 or 50  years from now, that might be a good idea.
    Few issues in the state will have more impact on our children and grandchildren than the one currently being discussed in a special session in Frankfort – the future of teacher and state retirement systems. As it is, Kentucky taxpayers are being drained by a system that is outdated and unsustainable.

  • Now is the time to move forward

    The debate in Spencer County is no longer whether we want change or not. Change is happening all around us. We can either try to manage it, or it will manage us.

  • Tis the Season for giving

    It’s fitting that Thanksgiving ushers in the holiday season. What better way to prepare our hearts for Christmas than to pause, reflect and offer up thanks for all of our own blessings. Being grateful is a prelude to being generous.
    Whether you’ve lived in Spencer County a short while or your entire life, you’ve probably come to recognize that this is a special community that cares for one another. Sure, there are exceptions, but as a community, we look out for each other, we care for each other, and we give like few other places.

  • Work is good medicine

    Do you remember your first paycheck? I remember mine. It was $10 and I earned it as a young teenager for cutting lawns for a realtor in Winchester. I’d gotten cash before, but there was something about a paycheck that made it feel like more of an accomplishment.
    We complain about work, but work is good for us. Not only does it help put food on our table and provide the necessities of life, it gives us purpose, confidence and self-worth. Simply put – work is a healthy thing.