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Today's Opinions

  • BackPack program provides needed hope

    Four little kids jump off the school bus in wild anticipation. It’s the Friday before a long weekend. It feels like the first three-day weekend would never arrive. It’s been eons since school started instead of just a few weeks. 

    Three of the children run excitedly ahead, their book bags light from the lack of books and homework. These three are off to ride bikes and do other fun things during their long stretch of freedom. 

  • Library wants to expand its genealogy collection

    On Aug. 10-11, I had the opportunity to attend and speak at the second annual Kentucky History and Genealogy Conference held at the Kentucky County Public Library in Erlanger. It was a great event, with more than 30 presenters speaking on a variety of topics. Next year, the event will be held in Harrodsburg to celebrate their 200th anniversary. The Marion County Public Library has already promised to host the event in the future, as well.

  • Don’t struggle, ask for help

    I’ve never been shy when it comes to talking about personal matters on the opinion page.

    I’ve written about my family’s history with alcohol abuse.

    I’ve written about my struggles with an eating disorder when I was in college. 

    I’ve written about experiencing postpartum depression after having my son.

    I’ve put myself out there, and I’ve never regretted it or been ashamed of it. 

  • A light on the hill

     If you are searching for some evidence that the swamp in Washington hasn’t become a complete cesspool, consider the life and service of the late John McCain – senator from Arizona.  

  • Dear citizens,

    Consider the conduct of some citizens.

  • Kentucky is trying to combat the opioid problem

     The opioid epidemic plaguing the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and much of the country, is one of the biggest challenges our society faces today. The number of fatal overdoses in the state continues to rise. According to the recently released 2017 Overdose Fatality Report from the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, 1,565 individuals died as a result of a drug overdose, an increase of 11.5 percent from 2016.

  • Live by example, Give by example

    My parents were broke when I was in middle school. 

    During my brother’s cancer treatment, they were really and truly struggling. I remember my mom talking about a time when she had panicked because a subscription service she had canceled had charged her account and she only had four dollars left, and we needed groceries.

    They relied on a lot of generous help to get by and they eventually rebuilt themselves to where they are today. But, that time in our life is not something we forget.

  • Library’s genealogy room is stocked with local history

     Are you searching for your roots? The Marion County Public Library is blessed to have a well-stocked genealogy room on its premises. If you’ve not been in the genealogy room, allow me a moment to tell you about its contents, uses and how you can help out other researchers.