Today's Opinions

  • Say thanks this Father's Day

    “I’ve got this,” my son, David, told me as me as he reached for the check.

    “What are you talking about?” I asked. 

    And my wife, Lori, chimed in, “You don’t need to pay for our dinner.”

    We were visiting David in his new home. His girlfriend had driven down to meet us for dinner at a favorite dinning spot of his. 

  • Planning my revenge

    You know what?  

    You don’t? 

    Well that’s what I’m here for.  

    I’ll tell you what.

    There ain’t nothin like a good old fashion scary show to get your neck hairs primed and standing up. 

    Oh, I know there’re a lot of other things that can get your neck hairs up.  

    But none of that is like a scary show.

    When I was a little kid I was drawn to scary movies like a skunk is to tires rolling down the highway.  

    That was a long time ago.

  • Opinions are based on expereince

    Sometimes actually knowing what you are talking about based on experience will lead to very, very different conclusions than from someone looking at a situation based on what they have read or heard.

    I ran into that one day between two different college students on a very serious topic.  It was the value of living in America.

    I love talking with young college kids.

  • Bunning took time to talk baseball

    I’ve always tried to be a good citizen, and I keep up with what’s going on in our country. I like to be informed, and I think it’s also part of my job.

    Still, I’ve never been one to sit and talk politics at great length.

    That’s why a visit from a U.S. Senator to my newspaper office many years ago turned into a good old-fashioned baseball chat. And that’s a subject I can talk about all day long.

  • 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.”