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Today's Opinions

  • New truck limits would weigh heavily on state's roads

    On Feb. 4, the Kentucky Senate passed a bill that would allow heavier semi-trailer trucks hauling poultry, livestock and agricultural products to travel on all state and local roads, raising the maximum weight from 80,000 pounds to 88,000 pounds.

  • Voters should get to make some decisions

    Midway through the 2014 legislative session, members of the General Assembly still can't find a way to do one simple thing: Let the voters of Kentucky decide whether they want change that could generate more revenue for their communities and help ease the cash crises facing so many cities and counties throughout the state.

  • Looking back on the Olympic games

    The curtain has fallen on the games of the 22nd winter Olympiad. The host country, Russia, was the overall winner with 33 total medals, while the United States finished with 28 total medals. But in my opinion, we, the viewers, also came away with a win because we were given a couple of weeks of entertainment like no other on TV.

  • Cattlemen's group thanks supporters

    The Taylor County Cattlemen's Association would like to thank Forcht Bank, Green River Fence and Limestone Farm Lawn Worksite for sponsoring their annual meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

  • Battle lies ahead for U.S. Senate race

    Change may come slowly to Kentucky, but things are definitely changing when it comes to public opinion about issues including smoking, gay marriage, medical marijuana, minimum wage and who should be the state's next U.S. senator.

    Those were among issues Kentuckians were asked about in the latest Bluegrass Poll, conducted by Survey USA in an expanded effort that for the first time brought together four major news organizations, including The Courier-Journal, WHAS-TV, the Lexington Herald-Leader and WKYT-TV in Lexington.

  • Phones show lack of attention, respect from children

    As I sat in McDonald's last week, in one of the seemingly rare moments I have that's not in full-on rush mode, I noticed an old couple eating lunch with what was presumably their grandson at the next table down from me.

    The kid was maybe 8 or 9 years old, undoubtedly off from yet another day of school.

    This is where I would normally describe him in greater detail, but the only way I would have been of any help in that department was if he had committed a crime and was in a lineup.

  • Slow down to smooth out the wrinkles

    I've been told that it ended with the Reagan administration. It could have been cabin fever or just my horrible habit of leaving clothes in the dryer to re-wrinkle, but this week, I ironed my clothes. And I'm feeling much better because of it.

  • Cities, counties need local control through local option

    Cities and counties, small and large, across Kentucky have big dreams for their communities - ideas that are transformative and can have lasting impact for generations.

    Bardstown wants to build a YMCA to help keep its residents healthy. Eastern Kentucky communities dream of transforming the region into a destination attracting hunters, anglers, campers and adventure tourists. Louisville hopes to build a 100-mile hiking and biking path across the city - the type of amenity that attracts young people and entrepreneurs who start businesses and grow the state's economy.