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Today's Opinions

  • Kentucky’s financial future requires tough decisions

     

    For many months, we have been working to resolve the toughest financial crisis Kentucky has ever faced, a crisis that began many years ago and that previous governors and legislators either negligently handled or ignored. It is now snowballing out of control. Nothing about this process has been easy. That does not, however, take away from the present reality that we are facing, or from the difficult decisions that must still be made.

  • Victims’ rights bill needs assistance from voters

     

    In Kentucky last year, 23,785 felony cases resulted in a conviction. In each case, there was a victim who had to navigate a complicated judicial system at a severe disadvantage to those accused of doing them harm. Too often, the criminal justice system meant to work for them caused even more anguish.

    It shouldn’t be this way in Kentucky. And, with your help in November, it won’t be much longer.

  • School district should name superintendent finalists

     

    The Taylor County Board of Education is getting its superintendent search underway, as it was announced Monday night that 12 candidates had placed their names into the mix to be the leader of the district.

    The process is just in the early stages, and a superintendent is not expected to be announced until the beginning of June. There is still a lot to be discussed and evaluated moving forward, but one thing the board should keep in mind as this process unfolds is transparency.

  • Teachers go above and beyond

     

    I’m a little later to the game than many other columnists around the state, but I wanted to take an opportunity to chime in on Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s comments made on 99.9 The Big Dawg last week.

    Let’s be clear about one thing here: Gov. Bevin’s comments were absolutely out of line, and teachers have every right to be upset about what was said. I’m not even a teacher and was disappointed in what I heard.

  • Trip to National Civil Rights Museum is one worth taking

     

    As we observe Black History Month, I find myself reflecting on a recent trip that taught me more about the history of our nation, including some of the cruelest times imaginable. It was a visit to Memphis, Tennessee, to the National Civil Rights Museum, and it was a trip well worth taking.

    The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spent his life fighting for equality. He did so until his death on April 4, 1968, in Memphis.

  • Trip to National Civil Rights Museum is one worth taking

     

    As we observe Black History Month, I find myself reflecting on a recent trip that taught me more about the history of our nation, including some of the cruelest times imaginable. It was a visit to Memphis, Tennessee, to the National Civil Rights Museum, and it was a trip well worth taking.

    The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spent his life fighting for equality. He did so until his death on April 4, 1968, in Memphis.

  • Now that's good business!

     

    You’ve heard the old saying, “the customer is always right,” but is that still the case when the customer presents an ad with a sale price that is 40 years old?

    Apparently, yes it is.

    That’s exactly what happened at Druther’s in Campbellsville recently, as a customer walked in with an ad from this newspaper that was originally published back in 1977.

  • Education is key when it comes to syringe exchange programs

     “Why would you give a needle to a drug addict?”

    Admittedly, I once thought that was a very stupid question. It would just enable an addict, make it easier for them to do their drug of choice. Why make needles easier to get? These were all thoughts I had when I first heard about syringe exchange programs.

    And so when I hear people express these thoughts, I don’t automatically discredit them, because it wasn’t that long ago that I thought the exact same thing.