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Today's Opinions

  • Kentucky legislator: No regrets about my call for gun regulation after Parkland shooting

    When State Rep. Chris Harris decided last week to back some gun regulations following the school shootings in Benton, Kentucky, and Parkland, Florida, he expected some feedback. 

    But, wow. 

    In the days since I wrote about the longtime NRA supporter who signed onto a bill that would seek to keep guns used in violent crimes from going back on the streets, Harris has been inundated. 

    Some of the responses good. Some of them bad. 

  • Stop school shootings with your vote

    You had a son or daughter who served a tour of duty in the military. He came home after their tour safe from any harm. Your school-aged child did not survive his school years. He was shot and killed in the sixth grade. This is what we’re seeing today.

    The only way these types of killings will be stopped is by gun laws. The manufacturing of military type guns needs to be outlawed. All of these types of guns in the hands of persons other than law enforcement need to, by law, be turned in.

  • Rapid Response team helps laid off workers

    When we think about the economic health of the Lincoln Trail region, it’s clear our eight-county area has a lot going for it. 

    We’re seeing investments from both new companies and businesses already operating in our communities. Our entrepreneurial culture has led to many successful start-ups. Employers in a wide array of industries are now hiring. And thanks to attributes such as our logistics-friendly location and business-friendly climate, our economic forecast is just as bright. 

  • Pension bill needs changes

    It has been a busy week in our state capitol. From continuing work to craft a budget, presenting bills before committees, and the release of a pension reform measure, there has been no shortage of activity.

  • We need better solutions for school safety

    Putting guns in the hands of teachers is not the answer to enhancing school safety.
    The idea routinely pops up on social media comments following a mass shooting at a school such as what happened in Marshall County High School last month or Parkland, Florida last week.
    People voicing their opinions on social media is one thing, though. It is a completely different issue for lawmakers to seriously consider allowing teachers to go armed.

  • 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,

  • 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.

  • 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?