http://www.cknj.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Bunning took time to talk baseball http://www.cknj.com/content/bunning-took-time-talk-baseball <img src="http://www.cknj.com/sites/www.cknj.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/baseball.jpg" alt="This baseball signed by former U.S. Senator and Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Bunning denotes his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996." title="This baseball signed by former U.S. Senator and Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Bunning denotes his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996." align="left" hspace="6" width="84" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I&rsquo;ve always tried to be a good citizen, and I keep up with what&rsquo;s going on in our country. I like to be informed, and I think it&rsquo;s also part of my job.</p> <p> Still, I&rsquo;ve never been one to sit and talk politics at great length.</p> <p> That&rsquo;s why a visit from a U.S. Senator to my newspaper office many years ago turned into a good old-fashioned baseball chat. And that&rsquo;s a subject I can talk about all day long.</p> Kentucky's interesting political landscape http://www.cknj.com/content/kentuckys-interesting-political-landscape <p> Welcome, Kentucky Derby visitors!<br /> That&rsquo;s our hospitable greeting each year as we update you on Kentucky&rsquo;s political landscape, which continues to be of national interest.<br /> Shining a light on opioid issue http://www.cknj.com/content/shining-light-opioid-issue <p> As I stood there in the sanctuary of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church Sunday night, with the lights completely out and the only light in the room illuminating from several candles burning, I thought about the significance of what was happening in the moment.</p> <p> This was not any ordinary church service that I attended on a random Sunday evening in April. This was a service dedicated to providing prayer and support for those struggling in the chains of addiction and those who have loved ones struggling.</p> Torching Old Glory: Is flag burning free speech? http://www.cknj.com/content/torching-old-glory-flag-burning-free-speech <img src="http://www.cknj.com/sites/www.cknj.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/flags.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> 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 &ldquo;front burner&rdquo; (pardon the pun) issue for many Americans, it does present us with interesting ambiguities.</p> <p> 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?&nbsp; Ironically, burning a flag can be both a symbol of respect and contempt in America.</p> I was just along for the run http://www.cknj.com/content/i-was-just-along-run <img src="http://www.cknj.com/sites/www.cknj.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/mymarathonfinish.jpg" alt="On Sept. 17, 2016, I ran the U.S. Air Force Marathon at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. It was a grueling experience, but one I treasure. At first, I said I&#039;d never do it again. Now, I&#039;m training for my second marathon in the fall of 2017." title="On Sept. 17, 2016, I ran the U.S. Air Force Marathon at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. It was a grueling experience, but one I treasure. At first, I said I&#039;d never do it again. Now, I&#039;m training for my second marathon in the fall of 2017." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> Tough losses for the track and field family http://www.cknj.com/content/tough-losses-track-and-field-family <p> You&rsquo;ve heard it said about things before, but in this case, it&rsquo;s really true; track and field is like one big family.</p> <p> My son is a thrower (shot put, hammer) at Georgetown College, which is in the Mid-South Conference, with Campbellsville University and Lindsey Wilson College. He&rsquo;s in his second year, and my wife and I attend every meet, whether it&rsquo;s nearby or far away. It&rsquo;s just what we do.</p> CU athletes deserve to compete on a level playing field http://www.cknj.com/content/cu-athletes-deserve-compete-level-playing-field <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I didn&rsquo;t see him complain, but I think Clayton Embry had to feel a little slighted this past weekend.</p> <p> Embry is a thrower on the Campbellsville University track and field team, and he placed second in the Mid-South Conference meet at the University of the Cumberlands.</p> <p> Why would he feel slighted? Well, because he finished second in the hammer throw, not to a student-athlete, but to a coach.</p> Old friends - the best friends http://www.cknj.com/content/old-friends-best-friends <p> We span the decades; these old friends of mine.<br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re planning to go to the Kentucky Derby. Got any suggestions?&rdquo; they called and asked me several months ago.<br /> I didn&rsquo;t have any, really, other than my sage advice for them to avoid the crowds as much as possible.<br /> &ldquo;You haven&rsquo;t changed,&rdquo; Cindy laughed. &ldquo;On the way back, we&rsquo;ll be there for Sunday worship with you.&rdquo;<br /> Which they did, much to my delight.<br />