Today's Opinions

  • Facebook post from Kentucky Gun Company

    Editor’s note: The following post was written on Facebook by the owner of Kentucky Gun Company in Bardstown regarding the advertisement that can be seen wrapped around the front page of this week’s edition.

    Friends and Critics of KYGUNCO,

  • Letters to the editor - Feb. 21, 2018

    End the violence
    Another day. Another deadly school shooting. This time in Florida. Seventeen dead.
    How many more kids and teachers have to die in our schools before elected officials do what's required to stop it? We have become a nation of violence and the NRA propaganda has infected our culture.
    We now have a gun violence crisis and an opioid crisis. When will we all come to our senses and demand that these politicians who champion NRA "gun rights" give back the millions of dollars they get from them?

  • Learning lessons from the 1918 flu pandemic

    By Stuart W. Sanders
    One afternoon in May 1918, my 12-year-old grandfather was walking home from school in Louisville when he encountered a man from his neighborhood.
    Run home fast, the man said, your father’s dead.
    With this abrupt message, my grandfather sprinted home, tears streaming down his face. His father had died from “edema of the lungs,” which was brought about by complications from influenza.

  • Preparing to preview pension plan proposal

    By State Rep. Brandon Reed
    Last week in Frankfort marked the halfway point of the 2018 legislative session. Kentucky is a robust state, with many incredibly good traits, and some serious issues still to tackle. Every two years in Frankfort, the legislature is charged with crafting a budget to fund important government programs like education, public safety and transportation, just to name a few.

  • Be yourself

    By Leah Hazelwood


    My hair has always stood out in the crowd. It’s big, curly, and what a casting agency considers an “afro,” but most of all beautiful. I have fully embraced my curls since junior high, but all years prior to this were the polar opposite. I hated my hair, I hated my skin and I hated who I was. 

  • The worst day

    Last week, I talked a lot about how touched I’ve been by some of the stories I’ve gotten to share, so far. I got to meet the Mattingly children, Emma and Tripp, and I had flashbacks to a very similar time in my life.

    I also sat down with Gail King and her husband, John, and she kept saying to me: “We celebrate life… We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. And, our family is important. We just celebrate all of life.”

  • Feedback: A dollop of student success

    At age 10, my daughter started a club. She was going to become a writer and would employ her classmates as apprentices. After devising a contract and business cards headlining in bold print, “Let That Writer Write,” she quickly recruited friends. Business cards were passed out to family, friends and teachers. In essence, this group would “write” whatever was needed. I was even enticed to post the business cards on social media to draw in more business. 


    The Lebanon Enterprise reported last week that David Ferriell passed away on Feb. 2 after battling COPD, emphysema and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Ferriell did battle COPD and emphysema for seven years and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for six months in 2012. His passing was due to other complication not related to those illnesses, however.

    Elizabeth Hughes of Marion County was not identified in a photo of Kentucky Bluegrass Music Festival winners. She won a Singer/ Songwriter award.