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Today's Opinions

  • Short session brings big results

    A wide array of bills were heard in committees and voted out of the Senate in a busy and exciting third week of the 2017 Session. Because this year’s 30-day meeting of the Kentucky General Assembly is considered a “short session,” we make sure we maximize our time here in Frankfort.

  • Torching Old Glory: Is flag burning free speech?

     

    Before the dust settled from the November election, President-elect Donald Trump waded out into turbulent waters by expressing his dislike for flag burning. Even though this may not be a “front burner” (pardon the pun) issue for many Americans, it does present us with interesting ambiguities.

    For instance, if a ban is passed on flag burning, how will VFW posts all over the country properly dispose of worn and tattered flags?  Ironically, burning a flag can be both a symbol of respect and contempt in America.

  • Remembering 'The Champ'

     

    Muhammad Ali was not only a boxing legend, he was a legendary Kentuckian, and perhaps the most famous and recognizable American of his time.

    Sadly, the man known by people around the world as “The Greatest” lost his final fight last week, the one he had been waging against Parkinson’s Disease for years.

  • Having an attitude of gratitude

    When the waiter first told us someone had picked up our check, I didn’t understand him.

    “You mean our check is at the counter?”

    “No sir, someone paid for it,” he repeated.

    “Someone paid for it,” Lori echoed his words to me, slowly enunciating each syllable like she was talking to someone who had difficulty hearing.

    The waiter pointed to the booth next to us, as if I needed further clarification: “They did it,” he said.

  • Who stole my Cracker Jack prize?

    Remember as a kid, when you’d open a box of Cracker Jacks? Sure, the popcorn and peanuts in the box are delicious, but that’s probably not why you wanted them when you were 6 or 7 years old.

    At least that was the case for me. Nope, it was all about the prize.

  • Reader says county faces deadly drug problem

    Attention Campbellsville and Taylor County. If anyone hasn’t noticed, we have a serious and deadly problem in our community.

    It is addiction.

    For those of you that have experienced this, you already know its impact on the person and their family.

    My prayers are with you and your family. We have a choice. We can bury our heads in the sand, pretend it doesn’t exist, or hope it will go away, or we can do what we can to change the trend.

  • If there's a rock and roll heaven...

    “If there’s a rock and roll heaven, well you know they’ve got a hell of a band.” — The Righteous Brothers

    In their 1974 song titled “Rock and Roll Heaven,” The Righteous Brothers sang about musicians the world had recently lost. The song named artists who died in the early 1970s, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Croce and Jim Morrison, just to name a few.

  • A Mary and Joseph kind of Christmas

    Stepping outside onto our back patio, the frigid early morning air startles me, smacking my cheeks like a trainer popping the face of a prizefighter, making sure the boxer is fully conscious.

    Moments before, I had been inside listening to the news reports: the murders in San Bernardino, Calif., were likely the result of a terrorist attack, the newscaster reports, and this on the heels of the murders in Colorado, Springs, Col., at a Planned Parenthood Clinic, and just a few days before that, the terrorist attack in Paris, France.