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Today's Opinions

  • War against illegal drugs is ever-changing

    It has often been said that the war against illegal drugs is an ever-changing battlefield. When we seem to be making headway on one front, another tragically opens up. Over the past dozen years, those “fronts” in Kentucky have ranged from meth and synthetic drugs to prescription pain medicine and heroin.
    According to the annual report the state’s Office of Drug Control Policy released last week, a new name has been added to that list: fentanyl.

  • Kentucky Duel Credit Scholarships can provide relief for families, students

    On June 1, I proudly stood with Governor Matt Bevin as he announced additional funding for students participating in dual credit courses with the establishment of the new Kentucky Duel Credit Scholarship. Along with the Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner, Governor Bevin announced that $7.5 million will be allocated to school districts across the state for the 2016-17 academic year.
    Dual credit programs allow students to receive both high school and postsecondary academic credit for approved courses, at either a local high school or postsecondary institution.

  • 'I’ve been everywhere, man'

    I always smile when I hear the Johnny Cash song in which he claims to have been “everywhere, man.” Though I will never be able to spout off those famous lyrics like the man in black, I still find myself tapping my foot trying to pick out all the different places he lists where I’ve been. Truth is, it’s quite a few. I’ve even lived in some of them.

    “I’ve been everywhere, man.”

  • Three people and a whole lot of bull

    By Summer Intern McKenna Dosier

    It's no secret that this presidential race has been a hot topic, but one thing that has hardly been mentioned is agriculture.

    Agriculture has been a neglected industry, often being pushed to the back burner by "more important and popular" issues. But I ask, what could be more important than the industry that feeds the world?

  • Saying goodbye to St. Catharine College

    On June 3, I excused myself from a family function, walked into my house alone and wept. Three days of fielding calls from the media and processing what it meant that St. Catharine College was closing caught up with me. I lie in bed for an hour, numb again, until my wife came home and found me. I sobbed, my body shaking.

    None of this is easy. St. Catharine College and its people have my heart. 

  • Got jobs? Kentucky sure does

    Site Selection is not a magazine most of us would keep on our coffee table, but for those in government and business who track economic development, this publication is one not to be missed.

    Fortunately, it has had a lot of good things to say about Kentucky in recent years, and over the past two, it has awarded us its annual Governor’s Cup for having more major job announcements than any other state on a per capita basis.

  • Mid-Kentucky Chorus shall go on

    By G. B. Dixon

    "We are going to continue!"
    Such is the absolute resolution, the unequivocal promise, and the certain future of Mid-Kentucky Chorus as told to me by its spokesperson, Susan Spalding, on Sunday. Without hiccup, glitch, or gap the group will continue its traditional four-concert schedule, delighting us, as they have, in the fall, at Christmas, in winter, and spring with a wide selection of music. That schedule is now getting its finishing touches and should be out soon. Are you on the mailing list?

  • Letters to the Editor - June 8, 2016

    Integrity matters
    Last week I was in my car when I heard an announcement for a special-called school board meeting that was to begin shortly. Knowing the Marion County School Board’s pattern for special-called meetings at inopportune times, I decided to attend.
    At the meeting I spoke to Marvin and Mark Gardner, and local attorney Ted Lavit. Let me say that I do not mind being associated with these fine gentlemen and I commend their civic involvement, but to set the record straight, I had no knowledge of their interests in being there.