Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Virtual tour inspires frustration, reflection

    A one-bedroom suite at Allegro assisted living community measures 579 square feet.

    It includes a bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette and living room.

    I was lost in one Tuesday.

    Staring through yellow goggles with tiny sightlines and fumbling with fingers taped together and desensitized by gloves with popcorn kernels at the fingertips, I stood at the door of the suite.

  • July 23, 2013: Our readers write

    The race is on

    It appears that Kentucky’s own Alison Lundergan Grimes is off to a fast start in her bid to “Ditch Mitch.” With less than a few weeks in, Grimes may have committed her first campaign violation when she sent out an email begging for money. It seems a good number of those pleas went to the County Clerk’s Offices throughout the state which she, as secretary of state, oversees.

  • Gazing through time by way of Mama’s eyes

    Standing fully in the present moment, there are times when you can touch the past and the future, all at once and at the same time. You even can feel eternity sliding through your fingers.

    And sometimes it happens through someone else’s eyes.

    I see my mama’s eyes in a black and white photo of her when she was 6, maybe 7 years old — about 85 years ago now. She’s standing next to her mom somewhere out there on the Oklahoma prairie with the Great Depression swirling around them.

  • July 21, 2013: Our reader's write

    Sticking with Mitch

    It’s now official; just before our celebration of the July 4 we find out that the Kentucky Democratic Party’s second choice Alison Lundergan Grimes is now their first choice, because Tennessee resident Ashley Judd turned down the offer of the Kentucky Democratic Party.