Today's Opinions

  • Let's not settle for No. 19 ranking

    ISSUE: Well-being of children
    OUR VIEW: Everyone has a hand in improvement

    When it comes to child well-being, 18 Kentucky counties are doing better than Hardin County, according to Kentucky Youth Advocates, a nonpartisan and nonprofit group.

    The organization released the Kentucky Kids County’s 2013 County Data Book, which considers 16 indicators of child well-being for Kentucky’s 120 counties. The indicators fall in four categories: economic security, education, health and family and community.

  • Faith community takes stand against pipeline plans

    In a frigid afternoon this past Tuesday, some 65 people representing different expressions of faith gathered on the Boone Farm in Nelson County affirming their belief God is not pleased with what hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) is doing to his creation.

    Why did they do this? Why now?

    The event was in answer to the call from the Dominican Sisters of Peace, the Loretto Community and the Sisters of Charity who originally articulated an Energy Vision Statement and invited people of faith from all traditions to join.

  • Dec. 18, 2013: Our readers write

    Obama gang immune to facts

    I finally have come to the realization that no matter what people like me say or print, nothing gets done. I am referring to numerous letters sent to the newspaper presenting the truths about Mr. Obama and his gang of cutthroats. They make the pirates of hundreds of years ago look like angels.

  • Panel’s report makes no recommendations

    ISSUE:  First report of child fatality review panel

    OUR VIEW: Children will be at risk for another year

    The Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel has filed its first annual report. Unfortunately, it was without any specific recommendations for improvement to Kentucky’s child protection programs. Although improvement recommendations are required by KRS 620.055, the panel says it will instead focus its investigative review activities in the coming year on improving its own case review processes.

  • Great efforts, good ideas

    THREE CHEERS FOR THREE CHEERLEADING SQUADS. In just the second year being recognized as a competitive sport by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, three area cheerleading squads qualified for the state championship round and fared well Saturday in the competition in Lexington.

  • Dec. 17, 2013: Our readers write

    Welfare system, government broken

    I read the recent letter to the editor regarding welfare. The only thing that I agree with is “waste, fraud and abuse” by the government. In my experience with the welfare system and the government that’s trying to run it, they are both broken. It has to be fixed someday. Not in my lifetime, but someday, somehow.

  • Cattle industry changing

    There has been a lot of discussion and concern by many in the cattle industry as to the overall impact of the continued decrease in U.S. cattle numbers on the infrastructure required for the beef industry.

    In the past year, we’ve seen various signs things are changing, most specifically relating to the transportation, feeding and processing aspects of the industry. Locally, I think we may have had a taste of that this past weekend, but more on that later.

  • Hey, Santa: Don’t worry about War on Christmas

    When I read that 52 percent of American adults say they believe in Santa Claus according to Public Policy Polling, I was not surprised to learn in the same poll that 42 percent also believe there is a “war on Christmas.”

    After all (spoiler alert), both are figments of the imagination.

    Belief in Santa, at least, perpetuates a spirit of joy and goodwill. But the “War on Christmas” narrative, by contrast, does little more than stir up anger and ill will.