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Today's Opinions

  • Panel to review chief applicants

    ISSUE: Vine Grove's search for police chief
    OUR VIEW: Proffitt's approach has merit

  • Budget cuts hollow out court system

    As chief justice, I find it disheartening that I can no longer assure you that the courts in Kentucky will be open when you need them.

    For the first time in modern history, we will have to close every courthouse in the state to balance the Judicial Branch budget. For three days in 2012, we must furlough all court personnel and close all doors because the General Assembly has not allotted enough money to fund court operations at current levels.

  • Spreading the praise

    ISSUE: Recognition for achievements
    OUR VIEW: Honoring leaders of tomorrow and today

    It's time once again to offer praise where praise is due.

    That starts with local young people who excelled at Boys State and Girls State. Sponsored by the American Legion, the programs mimic the operations of state government and provide first-hand learning experience for teenagers.

  • Steps for processing stress

    I was working my way through a row of tomatoes, picking what I could while pulling weeds at the same time.

    Lori was shoulder high in okra, quickly filling one bucket and exchanging it for an empty one.

    Tossing weeds to the side, emptying another bucket of tomatoes, eyeing the rows of ripe peppers, I said to Lori, “I’m overwhelmed. I’ve gotten behind and I don’t see how we can catch up.”

  • July 31, 2012: Our readers write

    Hope for another change

    I just finished reading the letter from the man from Owensboro writing about losing his job with Century Aluminum. I feel sorry for this man and the many other families who will be going from good-paying jobs to unemployment and food stamps. These problems can be traced back to 2008 with the election of Barack Obama.

    While campaigning, candidate Obama promised that energy prices would skyrocket and that anyone building a coal-fired electric plant would be bankrupt. Now we have the change we definitely did not hope for.

  • BBB’s tips on giving online education programs the third degree before signing up

    Better Business Bureau is warning prospective students to be wary of certain online schools and education opportunities.

    According to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, with nearly 6.5 million people involved in some form of online learning, it is more important than ever to take precautions to ensure time, energy and money aren’t wasted.

    The popularity of distance degrees and similar programs has led to more diploma mills, unaccredited universities, and shady institutions that take advantage of unassuming students.

  • July 29, 2012: Our readers write

    Response to alcohol availability in county

    There was a recent letter in The News-Enterprise  from a gentleman first saying how great a place Glendale is, then claiming if people can’t start drinking wine with their meals there, they will start going other places to eat.

    I find it rather humorous to think folks who have been coming from miles around for years suddenly will stop coming if they can’t drink wine.

  • Toothless review will add no impact

    ISSUE: Governor's child case review panel
    OUR VIEW: Not independent, not empowered

    By executive order, Gov. Steve Beshear recently created a panel to review child fatality and near fatality cases.

    The Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel is described as “independent” and “multi-disciplinary.”