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Today's Opinions

  • From the Reporter's Desk: Pensions and what I want to see this session

     

    Christmas is just around the corner, and while I suppose I am too old to give Santa a Christmas wish list, I instead opted to present a wish list for what I hope to see come from the Kentucky Legislature when they convene in January for the 2019 Legislative Session. 

  • The latest controversy... or lack thereof

     

    All the rage lately has been about the song, “Baby It’s Cold Outside” since a radio station in Ohio decided to remove the song from its Christmas playlist, citing customer complaints that the song promotes date rape and in particular some concerns about the lyric “what’s in this drink?” 

    Personally, I’m not sure what the song’s intent was, and let’s face it, we will never really know for certain. The writer, Frank Loesser, passed away in 1969, so really all we have is speculation. 

  • Want bipartisanship in D.C.? Tell Mitch McConnell

     

    I frequently hear people talking about the lack of bipartisanship in Washington, D.C., and for good reason. It seems like every time you turn on the television, you hear more of the bickering back and forth between Republicans and Democrats and less of the two sides working together to create real change for the constituents they represent. 

    There is an opportunity for that in Congress now, but Kentucky’s senior senator, Mitch McConnell, is standing in the way, along with a small band of Republican senators. 

  • Remembering Ed Waggener

     

    I was saddened to find out that a friend of mine, Mr. Ed Waggener, passed away Monday following complications from a heart attack several days ago. 

    Many know Ed from his work as the editor/publisher with Columbia Magazine and for his work in newspapers in this region of Kentucky for many years. Ed is an icon when it comes to journalism, and he engaged communities in this region as well as anyone. Ed covered a lot of topics in Campbellsville/Taylor County as part of the seven county coverage area of Columbia Magazine. 

  • Remembering 9/11

     

    Tuesday marked 17 years since the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, a day that changed our country forever and a date that will forever be marked in infamy. 

    Ask a group of people and it is likely that 99 percent or more can recall where they were and what they were doing when they found out what happened that morning.

  • Political season has arrived!

     

    If you haven’t taken a drive around town lately, it is clear to see that political season locally is in full swing. 

    Campaign signs are popping up everywhere it seems, and some are still left over from the May primary. It seems that, locally at least, political season really heats up beginning with the Fourth of July celebration, as candidates for local offices march in the parade or have booths set up. 

  • A life-changing experience

     

    Despite how it often seems, I’ve long believed that the world is still full of wonderful people doing amazing things on a daily basis. 

    It’s hard to see that some days, but that was reaffirmed to me recently as I spent seven days in the Dominican Republic in the city of Santiago, alongside my wife and 19 Lindsey Wilson College students and alumni, working with GO Ministries. 

  • Know the score when eating out

     

    If your family is like mine, you probably eat a lot of meals out in restaurants these days.

    No, it’s not about my wife’s cooking. She’s an excellent cook, and her food is among the best you’ll put in your mouth.

    But we are like many families these days, busy and on the run most of the time to one place or another, and we simply don’t take the time to cook a large meal every day. Instead, we grab something at a restaurant and save the time and clean-up work in the kitchen.