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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • God scares us more than guns

    Funerals are being held this week for many of the 17 victims in the most recent school shooting in Florida. Two graves are still fresh in Marshall County, KY and odds are, there could be another school shooting in the coming weeks, the next few months, or perhaps next year.
    Each one is a tragedy. And each time, before the smoke clears, the debate over guns rages. It’s the wrong debate.

  • Of course it can happen here

    A small community in Western Kentucky said goodbye to two 15-year-old high school students on Sunday, less than a week after they were shot and killed, allegedly by a fellow student at Marshall County High School.
    The news of the school shooting shook not only that community, but small towns all across Kentucky. Even though the bullets that killed two and injured more than a dozen others were fired more than three hours away, the reality ricocheted here locally as minds immediately began wondering, “Could that happen here?”