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Today's Opinions

  • Bronze Star: Afghanistan and back

    By Ken Begley

    The Bronze Star: the fourth highest wartime medal in the United States Armed Forces, authorized by Congress, awarded to soldiers for heroism or meritorious service in combat.

    That's one heavy medal for a soldier to carry on his chest.

    I've served over 37 years in the military and I can count on one hand the number of soldiers I've known that are Bronze Star award winners.

  • Kentucky cannot afford to wait for strong pill mill legislation

    By the Kentucky League of Cities

  • Racism in Raywick

    There's no denying that the City of Raywick has a reputation.

    Historically, it's experienced some rowdy times.

    And, in the past, it wasn't always the most welcoming city toward African-Americans.

    In fact, there was a time when it would have been shocking to even see an African-American inside Raywick's city limits.

    But, times have changed. People have changed.

    Or, have they?

  • Farewell, Mrs. Ferrell

    A love for milk and tomatoes might have been Aileen Ferrell's secret to longevity.

    At least, that's what she told me when I interviewed her back in 2002.

    She was ONLY 95 years old at the time.

    I can vividly remember sitting in the kitchen of her huge, historic home on Main Street in Lebanon, and talking with her about her love for milk, vegetables (her favorite being tomatoes), dancing and being a mother.

    She was just delightful, and funny, too.

  • One day left for legislators in 2012 session

    By the time you read this, the 2012 General Assembly will be one day away from concluding. We have completed 59 days of the 60 day session, the last day, April 12, is reserved for considering any Governor's vetoes, if any.

  • Let's learn to celebrate responsibly

    Kentucky has received a lot of attention in the past week.

    The hype surrounding the Final Four and Monday night's NCAA men's basketball championship game has focused a national spotlight on the Bluegrass State. While fans of the Cards and Cats certainly had plenty to cheer about, not everything reported has been positive news.

    First, a report about two fans getting in a fight at a dialysis clinic was either trumpeted in the national media as an example of the passion of local fans or something to laugh about.

  • April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

    Kentucky has already seen the destructive power of nature as storms and tornadoes have hit several communities across the Commonwealth this spring. There have been lives lost, whole communities devastated and families uprooted from their homes.

  • Farewell, Mrs. Ferrell

    A love for milk and tomatoes might have been Aileen Ferrell's secret to longevity.

    At least, that's what she told me when I interviewed her back in 2002.

    She was ONLY 95 years old at the time.

    I can vividly remember sitting in the kitchen of her huge, historic home on Main Street in Lebanon, and talking with her about her love for milk, vegetables (her favorite being tomatoes), dancing and being a mother.

    She was just delightful, and funny, too.