Today's Opinions

  • Pizza Man Burnt

    Papa John’s has never been my favorite pizza. But I did like the story of how a young man chased the American dream and found success.
    Most are familiar with the story of how John Schnatter started his pizza business in a back room of his father’s tavern in southern Indiana. His father’s business was struggling, and John sold his 1971 Camero to help out and to purchase a $1,600 pizza oven. With investment, risk and hard work, Schnatter found success. He built Papa John’s into one of the biggest pizza chains in the world.

  • Is Kentucky Proud really about Kentucky?

    “Kentucky Proud stands for foods, nursery items, crafts, agritourism sites, farmers’ markets, state parks and many other products and destinations with roots in Kentucky soil. Kentucky Proud foods are raised, grown, or processed in Kentucky by Kentuckians. You can serve Kentucky Proud foods to your family with the confidence that they came from your friends and neighbors just down the road – not from thousands of miles away.
    When you buy a product with the Kentucky Proud label:
    You are buying the freshest, most nutritious food possible.

  • Advance notice of events would be appreciated

    I just finished reading the “State Park hosts equine event” article in  the Spencer Magnet.  Since I love horses, this was an event I may have wanted  to watch.  My son (KlotzProductionsPhotography) probably would have taken  photos at no cost to the county.  If I were still a horse owner, I would  likely have participated.  
    I’m sure the event was promoted, but I didn’t  even hear about it until after the event had ended.

  • Out of the dark

    Many of us have held our collective breaths over the past few days as we pray for the 12 boys and their coach who were trapped inside a cave in Thailand for the past several weeks. A risky rescue operation began over the weekend, and as we go to press on Tuesday morning, we’re hearing the wonderful news that all the boys have now been brought out safely. As we celebrate, we contintue to pray for the rescue team that still must emerge, and remember the one Thai Navy Seal who lost his life last week in the rescue effort.

  • Weeding out fake news

    People who enjoy a good, productive garden, must invest a considerable amount of time and energy weeding out the bad and keeping the good. Left unattended, weeds can quickly overtake a garden in little time, not only hiding the good stuff, but choking it off and robbing it of nourishment as well.
    To the careless or inexperienced gardener, it may be hard to tell the difference between weeds and crops. They’re all green, they grow in the dirt and it takes training and effort to discern the two.

  • Lessons from my dog

    I’m about to make some of you boiling mad. But before I do, let me tell you about a dog I loved.
    When I was a little boy, we had a medium-sized tanned mutt that wandered onto our three acres in Ballardsville and made herself at home. We named her Lassie. Lassie was a good dog. If I was bored, she’d play with me. If I was sad or sulking out on the back porch because Mom had just given me a whippin’, Lassie would sit beside me and look up at me with big brown eyes that seemed to feel my pain.

  • Billy W. Gray, 67


  • The real Resist movement

    The Resist Movement in America began late on a Tuesday night in November of 2016 when America elected Donald J. Trump as the 45th president. Shocked and awed that Trump had withstood a Hillary campaign that outspent Trump’s by $240 million, along with media-manipulated polls promising a Clinton victory and near constant negative coverage of Trump, Americans on the left of the political spectrum, and some conservatives who buried themselves in Never Trump trenches, immediately began an effort to push back and adopted an existence of denial.