Today's Opinions

  • This Valentine's Day, don't settle for illusion

    I did magic in college. I love magic...its fun, entertaining, exciting.

    But, as you know, the card doesn't really disappear, the woman isn't cut in half, the building doesn't vanish.

    It's all illusion. It's not real.

    So, how odd is it, with Valentine's Day upon us, that we look for "magic" in love?

  • Feb. 12, 2014: Our readers write

    Polling information not good for Mitch
    I am not shocked after learning of the results of the recent Lexington Herald-Leader/WKYT Bluegrass Poll. According to the poll, Alison Lundergan Grimes holds a four-point advantage over U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The two are expected to compete for the U.S. Senate seat in November if McConnell can defeat Tea Party candidate Matt Bevin in May.
    Grimes leads the poll 46 percent to 42 percent and that margin could increase if McConnell continues to be a champion of gridlock.

  • With precious cargo, safety first is motto

    ISSUE: Deciding when to call a snow day
    OUR VIEW: Complaints about decisions are unwarranted

    Winter 2014 shows little mercy. It delivers snow and ice and throws its cruel winds when and where it pleases.

    It has no reins, of course, and so we take it. Armed with ice scrapers, bundled in layers, suffering cabin fever and pining for April, we just take it.

  • Happy Birthday, HMH

    TOPIC: HMH celebrates the big 6-0!
    Hospital is a community leader

    When the community’s hospital opened its doors back in 1954, it was a far cry from what we see today with expansion taking place along North Dixie Avenue.

    There were 81 hospital beds and not even 100 employees and medical staff.

  • USDA cattle inventory

    Here’s some interesting information provided by Dr. Kenny Burdine, University of Kentucky Extension livestock agriculture economist, on the USDA’s Jan. 1 cattle inventory report released last week.

    Beef cattle numbers decreased again, estimated down just less than 1 percent. A lot of attention likely will be given to a 2 percent increase in beef heifer retention. Here at home, Kentucky beef cow numbers were estimated to be down around 2 percent, while beef heifer retention in Kentucky was estimated to be down 3.3 percent.

  • Balancing liberty with security is modern challenge

    Every few days, we learn yet one more way in which government’s expanded surveillance powers intrude upon our privacy and civil liberties.

  • Encourage legislators to act on behalf of abused kids

    If Kentucky’s lawmakers don’t act soon, children in our community and across the Commonwealth will lose out on $9.2 million in matching federal dollars to care for victims of child abuse and neglect. We simply cannot afford to let that happen. The need is too great.

    Kentucky’s lawmakers must take action now to make the more than 7,000 neglected, abused and battered children across our state a priority. Children who have been placed in the state’s custody because of parental abuse and neglect need our support now.

  • Valentine’s conundrum: She says no gifts this year

    Let’s not get anything for each other this Valentine’s,” Lori announced to me. “We don’t have time to look, and besides, we need to save the money.”

    But how do I know she means it?

    A man can never be completely sure. Sometimes his Valentine’s underlying message is: “I really want to be wowed but want you to figure that out without me having to tell you because if I tell you it won’t be the surprise I’m totally expecting you to surprise me with.”