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Today's Opinions

  • Give something meaningful this Christmas

    I love this time of year.
    People seem happier.
    Food tastes better.
    Work seems a little less stressful.
    (The election is over. Need I say more?)
    But, there is one thing I really dislike about the holiday season - the stress we inflict on ourselves about buying Christmas gifts.
    Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves? Why do we care so much? What has created this materialistic monster that seems to take over the real meaning of the season? Our society is so obsessed with things, money, buying, etc.

  • Women moving in positive directions

    By Davette B. Swiney

    Kecha Richardson wants what any loving parent wants. She wants to provide for her children, and she wants to set an example that gives them the confidence and drive to find their own success.
    That common dream can’t begin to take shape for Kecha without self-sustaining employment. Often there are barriers to entering or progressing in the workforce.

  • General Assembly could help more students afford college

    It may not have generated much publicity, but Kentucky’s economy hit a high-water mark in October, when our civilian labor force saw its biggest one-month gain in at least 40 years. It grew by almost 15,000 during those 31 days, putting us just shy of two million people who are either working or actively looking for a job.

  • Thankful for the greatest generation

    I have been immersed in American history lately, particularly with the World War II era. I can’t tell you why, to be perfectly honest. Maybe the current political climate has inspired me to study how we got here. Perhaps I long for a different time than the one in which I live.
    Honestly, though, I think I am simply in awe of the people who came before us, paving the way for a world where we can be free.

  • A Legislative Perspective on the Kentucky General Assembly

    This week, our families and friends will sit down at the dinner table to celebrate Thanksgiving, the oldest of the American-based holidays.

    Nearly 400 years have passed since the most famous of these harvest feasts was held by the Pilgrims and Native Americans.  It didn’t become the holiday we recognize today, though, until President Washington and then President Lincoln helped solidify its place on the calendar, which Congress finalized in the 1940s by declaring it to always be on the fourth Thursday of November.

  • ‘Tis the season of giving

    The hustle and bustle of the winter holidays is well underway and the cool crispness of the autumn air is turning towards winter frost. Even as the weather changes and the holiday season comes upon us, we are still busy in Frankfort with interim joint committee meetings as well as planning for the 2017 session of the General Assembly.

  • Letter to the editor: Higdon’s Right to Work vote is a slap in the face

    To say that your recent vote to approve for Right to Work and prevailing wage legislation is disheartening would be an understatement. Your vote was a figurative slap in the face of the hard working people you have sworn to represent. Instead of standing up for the men and women of your district, and state, you chose to follow party lines. It’s as if you forgot how many in your district work at union shops. Ones like the distilleries, Ford, G.E. and construction companies.

  • Letter to the editor: Marion County Cattleman are kind

    “No, I’m not from around here.” I frequently have to respond to the question about my lack of central Kentucky accent. And that is why the column “Be more kind” by Stevie Lowery touched me so deeply. Having spent nearly all my years in situations during education, career and even choices where I live, in non-traditional female roles, I have examples beyond number of feeling isolated and not embraced or even included. It is not easy moving to a small town where families have lived for generations and myself and my husband a mere ten years.