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Today's Opinions

  • Take pride in our foundation of freedom

    The Fourth of July gives us all a chance to reflect on our country and to take pride in our nation's enduring principles. It is the day on which the Declaration of Independence was ratified by exemplary visionaries who dared to create a new form of government and new laws for a new people. For the first time it was decided that every person is born with certain God-given rights and that government should have no powers of its own other than those granted to it by the people.  

  • Regarding the ‘nickel tax’ issue

    I am writing as a citizen of Marion County and as a teacher.
    It is reasonable that facilities need to be adequate and in good repair for the schools to operate effectively. As a citizen I would like a little more detail about what is needed and who determined these needs and their cost.

  • Demand a full environmental impact study on pipeline

    As many of you know, there has been a highly debated proposal to convert a natural gas pipeline that runs through Marion County and five of Kentucky’s six congressional districts into a natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline. An article from last week’s Danville Advocate reported that several community members that oppose this pipeline conversion were writing letters to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) demanding a full environmental impact study of the Utica Marcellus Texas Pipeline Project.

  • A call for Mid-Year’s Resolutions

    The middle of the year is coming in a couple of weeks on July 2. It’s disappointing, really. I had dreams. Aspirations. But like so many who make New Year’s resolutions and soon forget them, I now regard myself a failure for having neglected the promises I made all those months ago.
    I was going to be a marathon runner. I was going to do 100 pushups without stopping. I was going to read a book every week. I was going to give up sugar for the entire year.

  • Excuse me, horses are what?

    On Wednesday June 8, an article was published on Jalopnik, a daily automobile news and gossip site, titled "Horses Are Pointless."
    Naturally, this peaked my interest as a horse person, so I clicked and read.
    The author, who should have stuck to writing about cars, proceeds to "let you know what the experience is like, from someone who's been around the block a few times with the idiotic beasts."

  • War against illegal drugs is ever-changing

    It has often been said that the war against illegal drugs is an ever-changing battlefield. When we seem to be making headway on one front, another tragically opens up. Over the past dozen years, those “fronts” in Kentucky have ranged from meth and synthetic drugs to prescription pain medicine and heroin.
    According to the annual report the state’s Office of Drug Control Policy released last week, a new name has been added to that list: fentanyl.

  • 'I’ve been everywhere, man'

    I always smile when I hear the Johnny Cash song in which he claims to have been “everywhere, man.” Though I will never be able to spout off those famous lyrics like the man in black, I still find myself tapping my foot trying to pick out all the different places he lists where I’ve been. Truth is, it’s quite a few. I’ve even lived in some of them.

    “I’ve been everywhere, man.”

  • Saying goodbye to St. Catharine College

    On June 3, I excused myself from a family function, walked into my house alone and wept. Three days of fielding calls from the media and processing what it meant that St. Catharine College was closing caught up with me. I lie in bed for an hour, numb again, until my wife came home and found me. I sobbed, my body shaking.

    None of this is easy. St. Catharine College and its people have my heart.