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Today's Opinions

  • Nephew receives new lungs, new life

    By Harry VanWhy
    Guest columnist

    It was June 9, 2011. This was the night that my 20-year-old nephew would receive his new lungs. I was there at the Tampa Hospital to be beside my brother, Dave, while he waited for his son, Davey, to receive his life-saving new lungs.

  • Letters to the Editor - April 27, 2016

    Vision becomes reality
    Six years ago the three of us started out with a goal to raise autism awareness and have our first autism walk. We have been touched and overwhelmed every year by this great community that has supported us in this endeavor. We ultimately wanted to have a "safe" place for individuals affected by autism to go and bring experiences to them that they may not otherwise experience due to sensory or social deficits.

  • Give the gift of life

    Imagine waking up this morning and finding out that you need a life-saving organ to survive.
    You, a family member or a friend might be living that reality today.
    Or, you might find out tomorrow that you need a new kidney.
    Or, a week from now your doctor could tell you that your child needs a new heart, your mother needs new lungs or your father needs a new liver to survive.
    Can you imagine?
    More than 1,000 adults and children in Kentucky are living that reality right now. They are waiting for a life-saving transplant this very second.

  • Don’t sign the petition

    It's time to call a spade a spade.
    In last week’s edition, we published a story about a committee that has formed to petition to recall the nickel tax.
    Four of the five Marion Countians on the committee also petitioned to put the nickel tax to a vote in 2007. Randall Lawson, Richie Lee, Robby Shewmaker and Robert Darrell Shewmaker were involved in a similar effort then, and they were successful in their efforts. The nickel tax was put on the ballot in November of 2008, and was recalled. (This time, Joe Livers has joined the committee.)

  • Censorship infringes on our freedom

    By Brittany S. Greenwell
    Guest columnist

  • State budget passes, important bills signed into law
  • Vote Brandon Reed for state rep
  • State budget doesn’t fix public retirement systems but it puts us on the right course

    For more than a decade now, the most pressing long-term problem in Kentucky has been the growing liabilities of our public retirement systems for teachers and state employees.
    Both systems had far more than they needed a dozen or so years ago, but two recessions since then have swept most of those gains away.
    While the systems are able to pay monthly benefits, they are still having to sell assets, making it tougher for their other investments to compensate. This trend could be catastrophic in a decade or two if we don’t act now.