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Today's Opinions

  • A better response to drug abuse

    Politicians in Frankfort who still believe government edicts can somehow or other deliver the commonwealth from the scourge of prescription drug abuse are once again approaching the issue with a butcher knife instead of a scalpel.

  • Open house opens hearts to police

    ISSUE: EPD's open house
    OUR VIEW: Outreach builds community

    Public relations sometimes can be as simple as opening the door.

  • Aug. 16, 2012: Our readers write

    Not the time to change fuel standard

    Kentucky has been hit hard by the drought, and corn supplies will be tight in the commonwealth, but now is not the time to ask for changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard, which has led to 400,000 jobs in rural America, reduced dependence on foreign oil, and lowered the price of fuel at the pump for all consumers, not to mention improving our air quality at the same time.

  • Read carefully before reacting

    ISSUE: Toxins in Kentucky's air
    OUR VIEW: Issues are not so clear

    The headline was alarming and obvious: Kentucky is the worst state in the nation when it comes to toxic air pollution from coal-fired power plants, according to a report released last week by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

    Toxic air pollution is alarming and nothing sounds worse than “worst.”

    But before we react and demand action, read along and explore some of the details.

  • Forced to react to budget realities

    ISSUE: Health department cuts
    OUR VIEW: Service reductions are understandable

    Confronted with repeated budget cuts, many government agencies must consider belt-tightening measures.

    While it’s easy to call for efficiencies and fuss about perceived wastes, eventually cuts in funding equal reduction in services.

  • Aug. 15, 2012: Our readers write

    Honoring promises

    “A deal is a deal.” “A man’s word is his bond.” How many times have you heard these? While it is pleasantly refreshing to meet people who try to live up to those ideals, it is equally telling when you run across those who don’t.

  • Dangerous fuel for rumor mill

    In the workplace, it surreptitiously moves under the guise of “networking.” In the church, it can be elevated to the status of “prayer requests.” But when brought to a court of law, it is usually called “defamation of character.”   

    It can be dangerous and destructive. Written or spoken words intended to harm or hurt others can have serious implications, especially when those words are communicated in the public domain.

  • Aug. 14, 2012: Our readers write

    Where is the investigation?

    On July 20 it was reported that a telephone bomb threat was made on the Detroit Tigers where 33,000 people were in attendance at a game with the L.A. Angels in Comerica Park. The ball park incident followed two separate bomb threats made on the Detroit’s Windsor Tunnel and the Ambassador Bridge. Both connect the U.S. to Canada and are very busy international commerce crossings. On July 10, the IRS offices were evacuated because of a suspect delivery, and a similar thing occurred at the Cobo Hall Convention Center.