Today's Opinions

  • Tourism's economic impact


    Earlier this month, the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet released its annual report Economic Impact of Kentucky’s Travel and Tourism Industry. Tourism has long been an important job creator in Kentucky, and as the report revealed, those opportunities are growing across the state. Tourism-generated jobs provided more than $3.2 billion in wages to Kentucky workers in 2016—an increase of more than $156 million from 2015 wages.

  • The story of Ora Spalding

    Will Rogers said: “We can’t all be heroes. Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they go by.”
    You know it’s funny – some people who think they’re heroes aren’t and some who don’t consider themselves heroes really are.  

    I’ve been teaching a small Reserve Officer Candidate Course (ROTC) at Centre College for several years. I’ve brought in a lot of guest speakers, mostly veterans, who faced life-threatening situations and lived to tell about it.

  • The toughest part of my job

    What’s the toughest part of your job?

    That’s a question that rings home to me, and the answer is hard to think about – looking at the faces of the children caught up in custody and divorce cases.

    I remember one little girl; she must have been 8 or 9 years old at the time. She and I were sitting outside the courtroom while her family members were arguing over who got custody of her.

  • Shoutout to county teachers

    Dear Editor,

    I want to give a shout out to all the great teachers we have in Washington County, and especially to Anne Margaret Montgomery Taylor! I drove the school bus Thursday, on the last day of school. And as one the elementary students got on the bus she was crying and was visibly distraught and sad. This was the last day of school, and as most were rejoicing, she was just the opposite. I gave her a hug and asked her what was going on. Through choked-back tears she said how she was going to miss her teacher. I asked who and she said “Mrs. Taylor.”

  • Dump and run

    How on God’s green earth do school buildings not just disintegrate in a heap of dust with all the kids running around them nine months out of every year?

    It’s beyond me.

    My own house seems to need a complete renovation about every 12 years and we only had five kids, now mostly adults, running around in it. I can’t imagine the amount of wear and tear a school building gets.

    But I digress.

  • What's funny?

    I’ve come to realize over a period of time that there are different levels and kinds of funniness. What one person will double-over laughing at might not even bring a smile in another person or worse make them mad. Here are a few examples that you might have experienced before.

    Years ago my sister, Mary, who’s from Louisville, met one of my friends from the factory that I worked at in Danville.

    They’d been talking for a while when suddenly the friend realized that Mary was my sister.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear Friends

    As this Mother's Day approaches, we plan to celebrate as we remember the abundant and unconditional love our mothers unselfishly gave throughout our childhoods.  Whether they are with us or have passed on, we can look back and remember what they taught us about life.

  • Invasive plants

    Dear Editor,

    The invasion has started! Please help fight back and save our county.

    Have you heard about the worse environmental invader now coming our way – bush honeysuckle? Drive around metro areas in early spring and you will find how this bush has taken over the landscape. It is first to leaf out in spring and creates a thick shade bush up to 12 feet tall.