• 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.

  • Initiative addresses hunger in Kentucky

    Landmark News Service

    It’s a situation hard for some of us to fathom.
    Many in the area don’t know from day to day where their next meal is coming from. It’s estimated more than 700,000 Kentucky residents are faced with this dilemma each day.
    Hunger in Kentucky is a dire issue, but one that can be solved.
    To help with the solution, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recently visited Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland to bolster a hunger-fighting partnership: The Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl.

  • Immigration laws should factor in compassion and families

    The Kentucky Standard

    Most Americans would likely agree that federal laws and policies should not harm families.
    But that is exactly what is taking place with the federal government’s emphasis on deporting undocumented immigrants, as illustrated by a Bardstown man’s forced removal to Mexico late last month.

  • Lawmakers should tax e-cigarettes

    Politicians are always looking for something popular to support. And, most of them do want to make a positive difference in the lives of their constituents, especially children.

    So in a day and age where it seems increasingly difficult to find common ground, there is something lawmakers in Frankfort could do that would be supported by possibly three out of four Kentuckians.

    They could vote to tax e-cigarettes.

  • Breathe easy

    More than 50 cities and counties in Kentucky have passed bans on smoking in public places, and we believe Marion County needs to add its name to that list.

    To be honest, we’re pretty darn close to being on that list already.

    Almost all businesses and restaurants in the city and county have made the decision to go smoke-free on their own.

    The final step is for our local leaders to pass a smoke-free workplace ordinance.

    By doing so, they would be making Marion County a healthier place to live and work.

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    In 1897, Virginia O'Hanlon, who was then 8 years old, wrote a letter to The New York Sun. What follows is the letter and the reply that appeared in the Sept. 21, 1897, edition of the Sun.


    DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.

    Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

    Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'

    Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

  • Excessive enforcement

     Deanna Rupa has had her fair share of clashes with the City of Lebanon during her time living here.

    In September, the City of Lebanon Property Maintenance Code Enforcement Board cited Rupa for defacement of private property after painting murals on her rental home on Woodlawn Avenue. Since then, the murals have been painted over. 

    But, the saga continues.

  • Isaiah House is saving lives, growing to meet needs

    The Kentucky Standard

    Isaiah House is the largest faith-based or “Christ-centered” drug treatment and rehab program in Kentucky and serves the entire state.

  • Guest editorial Guns in schools likely to hinder, not help, safety

    Editor’s note:  This editorial was originally published in The Kentucky Standard.

    Donald Trump plans to eliminate gun-free zones in our nation’s schools. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos thinks schools need guns to protect students from bears. Eight states now have provisions that allow the carrying of concealed weapons on public college and university campuses.

  • Tell FERC what you think

    Editor’s note: This editorial was published recently in The Advocate-Messenger in Danville. It’s being reprinted with permission through the Kentucky Press News Service.