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Today's Opinions

  • Discovering history along the journey of life

    I do not remember black history being taught when I attended junior high and high school in Michigan. I’m sure some information was taught because I, as many others from my generation, know of such achievers as George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman and Booker T. Washington.

  • Glen Dale offers opportunity

    TOPIC: The former Glen Dale Children's Home
    OUR VIEW: Opportunity exists at the property

    It once was something quite special at 2125 Gilead Church Road.

    Youngsters saw their lives changed and saved by one-time strangers. Under roofs, young people were receiving much needed structure and guidance. They learned a work ethic and a love and respect for the person next to them, and in front of them.

  • Feb. 10, 2013: Our readers write

    Standing by the Scouts

    In the midst of the swirling maelstrom that is engulfing the Boy Scouts of America today, I wish to offer some words of encouragement to those Eagle Scouts, and aspirants to that lofty rank, who have held fast to the values and beliefs upon which that institution was founded: Take heart and be proud.

  • Feb. 8, 2013: Our readers write

    Glen Dale still serves

    Sunday’s paper included a touching story about the many lives changed over the years at Glen Dale Children’s Home. The home did not close in 2009, but just relocated. Glen Dale has never missed a day caring for children who desperately need our help.

  • County government should oversee special taxing districts

    I moved to Kentucky in 2008 when the economy crashed. It was time for our family to live by a budget to avoid our own fiscal cliff. Each of us puts our receipts into a jar. At the end of the month, we painstakingly open the lid and review each receipt to match our credit card statements and to see how we are doing in meeting our budgeted expenses. 

    By careful examination, we discovered unauthorized charges. We also realized that certain months we had to spend less to stay within our budget. Planning for the future and accounting for it today is our reality.

  • Black History Month worth celebrating

    ISSUE: Celebrating the stories of a people
    OUR VIEW: Black history enlightens us all

    Some people wonder why Black History Month is necessary. They ask if it is fair to separate one race for special observance. Black America’s history is, after all, American history, too.

    Critics say such observances focus too much attention on the most notable figures while glossing over the countless black Americans who have struggled, toiled and defended their lives and homes in relative obscurity.

  • 'Harping' on education reforms

    Despite that real spending on public education has doubled during the past 25 years, there remains an alarming number of  bureaucrats and union bosses who propagandize that Kentucky is about to return to the days of the one-room schoolhouse both in terms of funding and academic reform.

    Billy Harper, who recently completed a term on the state Board of Education, doesn’t drink that Kool-Aid.

  • Gary Canter shaped LaRue, area wrestling

    TOPIC: Coach's retirement
    OUR VIEW: A Hawk forever