Today's Opinions

  • Panel’s report makes no recommendations

    ISSUE:  First report of child fatality review panel

    OUR VIEW: Children will be at risk for another year

    The Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel has filed its first annual report. Unfortunately, it was without any specific recommendations for improvement to Kentucky’s child protection programs. Although improvement recommendations are required by KRS 620.055, the panel says it will instead focus its investigative review activities in the coming year on improving its own case review processes.

  • Great efforts, good ideas

    THREE CHEERS FOR THREE CHEERLEADING SQUADS. In just the second year being recognized as a competitive sport by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, three area cheerleading squads qualified for the state championship round and fared well Saturday in the competition in Lexington.

  • Dec. 17, 2013: Our readers write

    Welfare system, government broken

    I read the recent letter to the editor regarding welfare. The only thing that I agree with is “waste, fraud and abuse” by the government. In my experience with the welfare system and the government that’s trying to run it, they are both broken. It has to be fixed someday. Not in my lifetime, but someday, somehow.

  • Cattle industry changing

    There has been a lot of discussion and concern by many in the cattle industry as to the overall impact of the continued decrease in U.S. cattle numbers on the infrastructure required for the beef industry.

    In the past year, we’ve seen various signs things are changing, most specifically relating to the transportation, feeding and processing aspects of the industry. Locally, I think we may have had a taste of that this past weekend, but more on that later.

  • Hey, Santa: Don’t worry about War on Christmas

    When I read that 52 percent of American adults say they believe in Santa Claus according to Public Policy Polling, I was not surprised to learn in the same poll that 42 percent also believe there is a “war on Christmas.”

    After all (spoiler alert), both are figments of the imagination.

    Belief in Santa, at least, perpetuates a spirit of joy and goodwill. But the “War on Christmas” narrative, by contrast, does little more than stir up anger and ill will.

  • Column by Charles C. Haynes
  • Sales tax: Phase 1

    ISSUE: Local-option sales tax concept
    Hard to disagree with right to decide

  • Supporting United Way will advance early learning here

    By Nannette Johnston

    Think back to your first day of kindergarten. Were you nervous? Excited? Did you know what to expect? 

    It’s very likely that your feelings about that day were determined by the experiences that you had leading up to it. If you had the chance to be around groups of kids beforehand, then you were more prepared. If you had an adult who read to you and worked with you on shapes and colors, then you were more prepared.