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Today's Opinions

  • We're not in Mayberry anymore

    Do you know what a “School Resource Officer” is?  

    I sure didn’t until about a month ago.  

    But I do now, and it’s important for you to know, as well.  

    A lot of times I avoid talking about tough, important topics because it’s too difficult to address them properly in the limited amount of space I have.  Please bear with me as I attempt to tie together school resource officers, Washington County High School and our local school board.  

  • Make physical activity a part of your life

    For some people “exercise” is a dirty word. The fact remains, however, that almost everyone can improve his or her health through regular physical activity. Physical activity has been shown to substantially reduce the risk of developing or dying from heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and high blood pressure. In recent years, research has linked regular physical activity to the prevention of breast cancer, stroke, osteoporosis and many other major health complications.

  • Does Kentucky need slots? You bet!

    In Kentucky, we have horse racing, and we have the lottery. Sure, those are gambling, but now, some lawmakers want to bring in even more gambling in the form of slot machines.

    Do the people of Kentucky want the slot machines? Depends on who you ask.

    I’m not a gambler, nor do I want to see Kentucky become a state filled with crime and the other things some opponents of slot machines in the Bluegrass will tell you slots will bring.

  • Lauran

    “Look through the windshield, not the rearview mirror.”

    Lauran’s favorite quote

    Washington County High School had its graduation a couple of weeks ago.  There were 143 graduates, and I’m sure each had a story to tell.  But none could be more compelling or inspiring than Miss Lauran Elizabeth Yates’ journey to that special night.  

  • Sen. Kelly looks at special session

    The governor has called the General Assembly back to a Special Session to address the budget shortfall.  Under our state constitution, only the governor can call a special session, and he alone determines what can be considered.  If there is a lack of consensus, the General Assembly determines when to adjourn.   In addition to the budget issue, the governor has added to the call the Indiana-Kentucky bridges legislation, and an economic development package that includes incentives to attract new industry and economic development to Kentucky, including the National Allianc

  • Remember to 'Click It or Ticket'

    For anyone who complains about getting a ticket for not buckling up when driving or riding in a motor vehicle, here’s a crash course in reality:

    • 826 people were killed on Kentucky’s roadways in 2008.

    • 55 percent of those killed were not wearing a seat belt.

    When worn correctly, seat belts are proven to reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat occupants by 45 percent and by 60 percent in pickup trucks, SUVs and minivans.

  • Remembering George

    I didn’t know George Yocum very well.

  • Lessons from God

    Jesus Christ was the ultimate storyteller, and he did it through what they call “parables.”   The parable leads the listener to one important moral lesson that can’t be denied or rationalized away.  

    I think God sent me a parable to live out this last year.

    Let me tell you about it.