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Today's Opinions

  • Class of 2019: Possibilities abound here in Kentucky

     We are in the heart of high school graduation season so I wanted to congratulate the graduates from my district – and the whole of Kentucky.

    The graduates will undoubtedly be bombarded with advice. I’m not going to presume to know what’s best for individual graduates, but I will direct them to some data-driven analysis. Data they need so they can make some fact-based choices as they move toward a future that looks bright, particularly in this region. The facts speak for themselves.

  • Watch for motorcycles and don’t throw mowed grass on road

     Since spring has arrived, and wonderful motorcycle weather is here! I'd like to put out some reminders to help make motorcycling safe. PLEASE DON'T THROW MOWED GRASS ON ROAD.

    AND... please do not go out and buy your teenager a crotch rocket (sport/racing bike) or any other kind of bike until he/she takes the Kentucky Motorcycle Rider Education Program. Without proper training, these bikes can be death machines.

  • Pursuing my purpose

     I have always been interested in the public, the ways I can connect and how I can help. I am genuinely excited to be hired as an intern at The Lebanon Enterprise this summer, and cannot wait to immerse myself in the community. 

  • Gulf War memories

     Gulf War memories, 

    I wrote this at the end of the Gulf War.

    This is 28 years later, but the memories are still vivid.

    We left on my son’s birthday, Feb. 10, 1991.

    Returned on my daughter’s birthday, May 17, 1991.

    Strange is it not, or is it karma.

     

    In the Desert

     

    We sit in a hot tent all day long

    Understanding why the caged bird sings his song

    Sometimes we read or simply lie in the sun

  • Rocky Adkins will bring common sense back to the governor’s office

     Rocky Adkins is a former school teacher who grew up in rural Kentucky. The son of a school teacher, he learned the value of education and hard work growing up on the farm. As a Democratic leader in the state house he has worked across the aisle to get things done for Kentucky. 

  • Walk a mile in their shoes: Reflections from a poverty simulation

     We hear the word poverty a lot. The most common measure of poverty in the United States is the "poverty threshold" set by the U.S. government. For a family of four, it’s currently $25,750, annually.

    Think about that — just a little more than $2,100 a month in gross earnings to feed, clothe and house four people. For 17.2 percent of all Kentuckians, that is a reality. The chart shows the 2017 poverty rates for the counties in the Lincoln Trail Region.

  • Walk a mile in their shoes: Reflections from a poverty simulation

     We hear the word poverty a lot. The most common measure of poverty in the United States is the "poverty threshold" set by the U.S. government. For a family of four, it’s currently $25,750, annually.

    Think about that — just a little more than $2,100 a month in gross earnings to feed, clothe and house four people. For 17.2 percent of all Kentuckians, that is a reality. The chart shows the 2017 poverty rates for the counties in the Lincoln Trail Region.

  • Mr. Elmore is a great principal who cares