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Today's Opinions

  • Keep response in perspective

    When an unidentified patient shot and killed himself Aug. 7 at Hardin Memorial Hospital, staff members reacted admirably, a hospital official said.

    Just as they might have trained for a tornado or earthquake, staff members have been trained on protocol for a shooting for about a year.

    When shots were fired in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit on the second floor, the staff went into emergency mode.

  • Speaking with one voice, community says no to unity

    In the world of science, a pair of researchers recently developed a paper describing how people can tune in to a single speaker and distinguish the conversation in a crowded, noisy room. Their April paper in the journal Nature described it as “selective hearing.”

    That phrase means something very different in my household. I believe when my wife uses it she refers to my tendency to ignore something I don’t want to hear ... or at least a perceived tendency.

  • Aug. 17, 2012: Our readers write

    Let’s pick our own fights
    As a black man, I feel too many prominent blacks in the liberal machine obviously haven’t experienced real racism. How can they feel racism and discrimination against homosexuals are the same if the mechanics of each situation are different? Racism and sexism are both driven by immediate visual acquisition. Potential victims of either don’t have to say or do anything. 

  • 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.