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Today's Opinions

  • Communities celebrate food during fall festivals

    If there is one theme binding the numerous festivals that take place across the commonwealth each year, it’s that if we raise it, grow it or use a lot of it, there’s almost certainly a community that celebrates it.
    Most of these festivals take place over a 10-week period that begins in late August and runs through Halloween, and food is often the focal point. During that time, you can find events dedicated to apples, country ham, sorghum, bourbon, honey and barbecue.

  • Apprenticeships: Growing our own talent

    By Carter Dyson

    In early September, Gov. Matt Bevin and Kentucky Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey announced the launch of a new apprenticeship campaign: “Kentucky Trained. Kentucky Built.” With a goal of helping more Kentucky businesses leverage registered apprenticeships to meet their workforce needs, the campaign is welcome news in the Lincoln Trail region and across the state.

  • Government intervention works

    Remember way back in 2009 when the American auto industry was about to go belly up? Obama and the Democrats made a decision to intervene with federal assistance and save hundreds of thousands of jobs, an entire industry, and the global economy from collapse!
    And Republicans called it "socialism.” So now that Trump has saved 1,000 jobs in Indiana, Trump and Republicans are taking a big victory lap. Funny thing: No one in the Republican Party is complaining about government overreach or calling it socialism.

  • Your local BackPack program needs your support

    Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland’s BackPack Program specifically targets school children who are at-risk of being hungry over the weekend when school meals are unavailable. Each child on the program discreetly receives a bag of 14-17 kid-friendly food items upon leaving school for the weekend.

  • Say goodbye to Democracy

    Let's hope our fragile democracy can survive the election of Trump. I'm scared to death we will never fully recover from this.
    President-elect Trump is ignorant of even the most basic tenets of our Constitution, nor does he appear to understand how the three branches of government work as checks and balances.

  • Mattingly family raises $20,000 for Hosparus

    I am pleased to share that two fundraisers put on by my family in support of Hosparus Green River raised a total of $20,000 for local hospice patients and families.
    In 2005, my brother Gerald Mattingly lost his battle with cancer. As a way to honor his memory and his life, my family and I decided to host a charity golf scramble to give back. The 10th annual Gerald Mattingly Golf Scramble was held last month at Lebanon Country Club, and I want to personally thank the 96 golfers who came out to support hospice care on a dreary October day.

  • Honor guard is thankful for new bus

    The Marion County Veterans Honor Guard has been in operation since it conducted its first military honors at a veteran’s funeral in February 1996. This initial group had no uniforms and used borrowed World War I weapons. Since that time, we have progressed to 44 volunteer members, all wearing the uniform of the service they served in while on active duty. We have two sets of weapons assigned and have traveled in our own bus for many years. However, our bus had gotten old, with defective heater and air conditioning and a leaking roof.

  • A nickel and dime tiny government system

    Remember, “Things are never what they seem.”
    A nickel and dime tiny government system set up within a larger government system can slowly control and bleed you to death. To match funds sounds good. If the matching is not enough then more “matching” comes.