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Today's Opinions

  • Charity starts at your house, not the courthouse

    In the Nov. 14 issue of the Central Kentucky News-Journal, you might have read a story about Taylor County's magistrates being approached for money by several local groups.

    At its Nov. 12 meeting, Taylor County Fiscal Court had several items on its agenda that involved local groups and organizations asking for financial contributions. While this is in no way a statement against those organizations or their importance, it is one intended to address the information many people might not have about the operation of a governmental body such as the fiscal court.

  • Obamacare battles put Congress on wrong path

    Most Americans, even those who are wary of Obamacare, do not support shutting down the federal government as a means to block funding for the health care law. In fact, polls taken in the past couple of weeks show that the majority believes this tactic makes little sense and puts partisan motives ahead of the country's financial security.

    Unfortunately, it is harder every day to make sense of Congress.

  • Racial slurs taken seriously by newspaper staff

    You hear it in today's music and movies. It's used by musicians, professional athletes and even kids in our schools. It's what we typically refer to as the "N" word.

    The word is used to express hatred and it's commonly thought of as the most offensive and inflammatory racial slur in the English language, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

  • Why no alcohol sales on Sundays?

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
    - The First Amendment,
    Constitution of the United States of America

  • System failing murder victim

    Brianna Brucker is charged with murdering her 3-month-old son, Charles Brett Hayden Jr. So why would she be released with out posting any bond?

    Brucker, 20, and her husband, Dale Brucker, 26, the boy’s stepfather, have been charged with her son’s death. Brianna Brucker was held in jail on a $100,000 cash bond, which was reduced last week to $50,000, unsecured.

    Dale Brucker has requested that his $125,000 bond be reduced, but that request has been denied.

  • More Kentuckians now have health insurance

    Kentucky got some exciting news this week.

    Already a national leader in establishing its own health exchange under the Affordable Care Act, it now is one of the top states in the nation when it comes to cutting the number of its residents with no health insurance.

    Kentucky ranked second, just behind Arkansas, in showing the sharpest reductions in people without health coverage under the law also known as Obamacare, according to a survey by Gallup, the national polling firm.

  • Grider family thanks community, supporters

    We, the family of Anthony "Tony" Grider, wish to express our most heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all of the amazing people who have been by our side physically or spiritually during Tony's battle to heal, his eventual journey home to our Father, and the continued support today.

  • Don't take food off the table

    It's been a while since I was a boy in school, but I still remember the fun we all had when the occasion called for a classroom party. Every year at Halloween, Christmas or Valentine's Day, or just about any reason to have a party, it seemed we did.