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Today's Opinions

  • Guthrie challenges Duke deactivation

    ISSUE: Political motivations questioned
    OUR VIEW: Downsizing should be justified

  • In pursuit of fame, second chances are hard to come by

    Talent often is not enough.

    Coupled with hard work and determination, talent may take flight. But often in this complex, unfair world that combination still falls short.

    You also need good fortune and opportunity. And if you get one chance at success or fame, you better make the most of it.

    Second chances are even more rare.

    Marty Brown is pursuing his second chance.

  • Assault on economic sensibility

    “Nobody spends somebody else’s money as carefully as he spends his own,” was the pearl of wisdom I recently borrowed from the late Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Friedman.

    Though I originally used the quote in reference to the Kentucky State Fair Board’s willingness to forgive debt obligations from the Louisville Arena Authority worth millions of taxpayer dollars, the principle applies in many other “arenas” (sorry) as well, including Kentucky’s public-pension system.

  • July 26, 2013: Our readers write

    McConnell no statesman

    Some voters say they will stick with Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014 because of his five terms of experience that have served Kentucky and America so well. More and more Kentuckians are fed up with Minority Leader McConnell’s roadblock tactics in the Senate. Multitudes of voters in the other 49 states also are unhappy with McConnell’s poor, negative leadership.

  • Why governing is so difficult

    If you want to know why passing congressional legislation has gotten so difficult, here are two numbers to remember: 5 and 532. They illustrate a great deal about Congress today.

    When I served in the House decades ago and the “farm bill”came up, stitching a successful piece of legislation together depended on getting five organizations to find common ground. They included groups such as the national Farm Bureau and the Farmers Union, and our task was clear: get them to agree on what the bill ought to look like, and we had a measure that could pass.

  • July 25, 2013: Our readers write

    Keep it clean

    Thanks to the writer of the July 14 letter pointing out the danger of freshly cut grass on the roadway. It becomes even more slick when rain falls on the cuttings.

    Another serious danger to all riders and drivers is loose gravel that washes out or is dragged onto the roadway. When that happens at my place, I get a broom — a push broom works best — and sweep it back to where it belongs.

  • Be aware of special summer health issues

    ISSUE: Heat safety
    OUR VIEW: Heat illness is 100 percent preventable

    After a pleasant, fall-like Wednesday, it’s possible to forget that this is mid-July and August is coming. After last week’s steaming conditions, Mother Nature has delivered some welcomed relief locally.

    But don’t be fooled. Summer in the Ohio Valley will bring more vicious humidity and sweltering conditions.

  • Possible changes for hazardous duty pay

    Recent news reports said the Pentagon is considering cutting hazardous duty pay for military personnel deployed to some 18 locations and five waterways.

    That’s the good news and the bad news.

    Members of the armed forces receive $7.50 a day — up to $225 a month — when they are deployed to duty in specific places considered more dangerous than others. Hostile fire pay is something entirely different and troops cannot draw both benefits in the same month.