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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Jones says right-to-work law is exactly what Kentucky needs

    Editor’s Note: Below is a guest editorial in response to a Dec. 25 editorial by Jason Bailey with the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.

  • Homeless shelter thankful for support

    On behalf of the Board of Green River Ministries Homeless Shelter, I wish to thank all the people who came to our chili and bean lunch at First United Methodist Church. I want to thank all of the sponsors, Pioneer Catering, Hardees, Columbia Baptist Church WMU, First United Methodist Church, Patti Phillips, Lynn Rausch, Al and Peggy Hardy and Bill Sanders. Desserts were baked by Becky Gorin, Linda Thompson and Aileen Wilcoxson from Beech Grove Baptist Church made delicious desserts.

  • Governing through the storm

    What a week of weather we have had in the commonwealth. No part of Kentucky was spared the record-breaking snowfall and temperatures this week. As schools, businesses and many government agencies had to close, so did the General Assembly due to the hazardous weather. However, the Senate made the decision to report to work on Thursday and Friday to do the people's work and help pass through legislation that would be in the best interest of our citizens.

  • Super Bowl ads: A mixed bag of good and bad

    Football is one of my favorite things to watch on TV, but during the regular season I rarely see the commercials. I’m among the millions of fans who watch DirecTV’s Red Zone Channel, and with that, the programming is a barrage of highlights and live peeks into games as the action unfolds, but with no commercials. If you’re a football fan, watch it and you’ll never want to give it up.

  • Superintendent says school system staff, administrators deserve praise

    The students and teachers, the administrators and the service workers of the Taylor County School System deserve praise for working hard in their roles. But equally deserving of praise are the members of the district’s Board of Education, not only for their work, but for their leadership.