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Today's Opinions

  • Emphasizing the importance of dental care

    Kentucky families are busier and are more financially strapped than ever. Unfortunately, dental care is one of the first expenses sacrificed. What's more, dental care is still out of reach for more than three-quarters of all children utilizing Medicaid dental benefits in Kentucky because of a shortage of dentists who accept it.

    We can't let dental care, especially in the crucial early years, become an after-thought or a burden for families in Hardin County.

  • Don't read this while driving

    ISSUE: Traffic collision research
    OUR VIEW: Driving should be sole focus

    A detailed analysis of traffic-crash statistics in Hardin County was packed with sobering statistics.

    For example, Kentucky State Police in Post 4 responded to 864 collisions in 2011. That's more than two per day. Of those, 234 resulted in injuries including eight fatalities. Already, this year more than 400 wrecks have been reported by KSP with a third causing injuries.

  • No friend of educational liberty

    We’ve seen that many in Kentucky’s legislature and teachers unions are adamant enemies of school choice in the commonwealth.

    The Kentucky Education Association has worked for years with powerful politicians to keep even the most rudimentary types of school choice – like the charter schools found in 41 other states and the District of Columbia – from winning out in Kentucky.

    But a recent ruling has revealed another player in that axis against any type of educational liberty: the Kentucky Supreme Court.

  • Oct. 4, 2012: Our readers write

    Vaccination critical to fight meningitis

    As students are starting a new school year, the Kentucky School Nurses Association has an important message for parents: make sure your preteens and teens are up-to-date on their meningococcal vaccinations.

    The fact is, many are not – public health officials just released a report showing that although Kentucky’s meningococcal vaccination rates have improved, only 55 percent of teens have been vaccinated against meningitis, a rare but serious disease that can kill a child in just one day.

  • Challenge issued for male mentors

    Most people would be grateful for an opportunity to make a positive impact on a person’s life. Helping others through difficult times enriches life and can be spiritually and emotionally beneficial.

    It would be difficult to find anything more rewarding than helping a child in need. That is exactly why you should consider volunteering with the local Big Brothers Big Sisters.

  • First priority: Fix the debt

    Burying your head in the sand. Ignoring the elephant in the room. Lying to the Emperor about his lack of new clothes. Pick your metaphor, but there is one issue to which we as Americans must reconcile ourselves: Our country’s debt path threatens us with an economic crisis if we do not take action.

    At present, our national debt exceeds $16 trillion, a figure that is larger than the size of our entire economy.

  • $1.08 million to serve dropout prevention

    TOPIC: Dropout prevention grant
    OUR VIEW: Will rewards equal investment?

    In its unending quest to keep children in school, Hardin County Schools now has a big check to help fight its cause.

    Keeping students in the classroom and keeping them from becoming a by-the-wayside statistic is indeed a noble cause. No question about it.

  • Trying to bring checks and balances to executive decree

    We are five weeks from what many believe will be the most important election in generations.

    Few would argue that what is “normal” — in our economy, in our international standing, in our collective expectation regarding the proper role of government — may have shifted. While most of the attention has been on the gridlock and mismanagement in Washington, we have a number of challenges that must be turned into opportunities right here in Kentucky.