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Today's Opinions

  • School board making its most important decision

    When the Marion County Board of Education first met with Mike Oder, the consultant it hired to help with its superintendent search, Oder shared an important truth with them.

    If the search goes well, and the district hires a strong candidate, the board of education and the screening committee will get credit for doing a good job.

    If the search goes poorly, and the district hires a candidate who doesn't fit well, the board of education will get the blame.

  • MCHS sharing the power of a wish

    Making wishes come true... Marion County High School students have been doing it for three years now. Through their tireless efforts and fund-raisers, such as this past weekend's Junior Mister competition, local students have been raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

    For almost three decades, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has been granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

  • Veto period provides legislators time to reach agreements on unresolved issues

    As my colleagues and I left Frankfort on March 13 for constitutionally designated veto days, a common sense of relief was felt knowing we had approved some key pieces of legislation that are awaiting the Governor's signature into law and will have far reaching effects on a number of our citizens. In last week's column, I shared with you the highly anticipated passage of Senate Bill 1, which eliminates the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System through a phase out process.

  • Letters to the editor, March 25

     

  • What do you care about?

    Kentuckians are known for many things. We are known for horse racing, for bourbon and for tobacco. We are known for being part of the Bible Belt, and we are known for our nearly religious devotion to our favorite basketball teams.

    And we're also known, regrettably, for not caring too much about education.

    We know there are many individuals who do care - deeply and sincerely - about how and what their own children and all the children in our community are taught.

  • Will the real G.I. Jane please stand up?

    "Are you going to shave your head this year?"   That's a question I have been asked regularly the past few weeks. While I definitely need a trim, I'm not feeling brave enough to shave my curly locks during this year's St. Baldrick's event.   I know, I know. I'm such a wuss. Jama Watts, who shaved her head last year, reminds me of that anytime the subject is discussed.   You're right Jama. I admit it. I am a wuss.

  • 25 random things, but not quite about me

     I don’t have a Facebook account, nor do I intend to create one (so quit asking). Despite that, I know about the “25 Random Things About Me” phenomenon because I’ve seen several news stories about it.

  • Stem cell research: Friend or foe?

    Cells, science, ethics, medicine, and morals: just some of the words that describe the world of stem cell research. To the average American, this is just some educated mumbo-jumbo that is hardly worth following. The Bush Administration cooled the flames of stem cell research in early 2001, by limiting the amount of taxpayer dollars that could be spent on the research.