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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: ‘Not buying’ Sen. Paul’s take on racial bias

    It’s not often that you see a commentary from a Republican Party official decrying racial bias in the American judicial process, especially when that party official is a U.S. senator from Kentucky.

  • COLUMN: Picking my guests on ‘This is Your Life’

    Many years ago, there was a television documentary that was broadcast called “This is Your Life.” The series first ran from the early 1950s to 1961 and it was revived for a couple of years in the early ‘70s, eventually fizzling out with a few shows in the early ‘80s. The essence of the show was that the host would surprise a guest and then he would take them on a stroll down memory lane in front of the audience.

  • LETTER: Let’s look positive

    In this day of negative politics, one may ask, “What do we have to be positive about?”
    Maybe very little when we look at the national level, but certainly a lot when we look at the accomplishments of our Spencer County officials.

  • LETTER: Stump has brought improvements to sheriff’s office

    I am writing this letter in response to an editorial that was written a few weeks ago about holding our elected officials accountable. It appears that some of our officials are holding themselves responsible by working hard to improve their offices and provide more services for the citizens of Spencer County under their administrations than were available before they were elected.

  • COLUMN: Job well done in ‘rescue’ effort

    Last Tuesday afternoon, a few hours after we finished the pages for last week’s newspaper, but before it was time to go home for the day, one of those calls came across our scanner.
    And when I say one of those calls, I mean the one reporters don’t like to hear, and, even less, the one they don’t like to cover.

  • COLUMN: Fireworks not in the cards for us?

    Will Spencer County ever have a fireworks show to celebrate Independence Day? I thought the answer was finally a resounding “Yes!” last week when all signs pointed to a night of fun at the lake on July 6. But Mother Nature had other plans.
    Inches and inches and feet of other plans.
    Thursday through Saturday, Spencer County, along with many other nearby areas, received so much rain we could have started to build an ark.

  • COLUMN: Fighting racial bias in the federal judicial process

    Here are two statistics that disturb me, and should startle everyone:
    • African Americans in Kentucky are six times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession.
    • While African Americans are 13 percent of the total U.S. population, they make up 37 percent of the prison population.
    What is the reason for these disparities?

  • EDITORIAL: Effort, cooperation bring fireworks to Spencer again

    For the past two years, we’ve harped on anyone we could possibly blame for not putting together a July Fourth celebration worthy of the wonderful citizens of Taylorsville and Spencer County.
    So, this year, it’s only fair to heap credit where it’s due.
    On Saturday, two days after Independence Day, our citizens will have an opportunity to gather together and celebrate their freedom with a fireworks show to boot.