Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the editor - Gary Gardner

    Dear Editor,

    A few people already know this, but for several months I have been working on a book about the Lincoln family centered upon a look at their neighbors in what is today LaRue County. History, both written and oral, has left us with a slanted interpretation of life here in the early 19th century.  We have a collective impression of a rather primitive society, which is far from the truth. There was, in fact, a wealth of social and economic diversity here 200 years ago, much as there is today. 

  • Letter to the editor - Tommy Turner

    Dear Editor,

    I feel honored to serve as Judge/Executive in Kentucky’s best county. It’s rare for me to endorse a candidate for office and I do so only after careful consideration and measurement of that individual.  In the race for Governor the choice is clear: Jack Conway.

  • Actions speak louder than words

    Election Day is next Tuesday, which means 1 out of 3 TV ads will be a negative (mudslinging) political ad.

    I went back to my homeland in Rockcastle County this past weekend. During my visit, I had an intriguing conversation with someone who said they hated all of the negative political ads. They said the common people are “fed up” with the negativity and that it is turning a lot of people off to politics. Truth is, I couldn’t agree more with them.

  • Frankfort Focus - Dealing with tough problems

    As a matter of public policy; domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and bullying were seldom discussed for much of our country’s history, much less adequately addressed.

    Thankfully, that era is largely behind us. Today, society is much more aware of these acts of aggression and how to stop them. As a result, we’re seeing a greater number of victims get the care they deserve.

    In many ways, Kentucky has been a leader among the states in this regard and 2015 is poised to be remembered as a high-water mark in this journey.

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  • Sewing has many benefits

    A series of four sewing classes will be offered in October and November for beginning sewers.  No sewing experience is necessary.  The class is open to 4-H age youth, ages 9 to 18.  Participants will be making a variety of items that can be used as holiday presents.

  • Effort to narrow technical skills gap underway

    Manufacturers in the Lincoln Trail region and across Kentucky offer abundant prospects for those with the right skills and training. Yet for today’s advanced manufacturers, it’s a challenge to find employees with the right technical and life skills.

  • Raising awareness for energy savings

    In a month where we often turn on the air conditioning during the day but the heat at night, it seems appropriate that October has been set aside nationally to raise awareness of our energy needs.

    This annual designation began nearly a quarter-century ago and gives us an opportunity to especially highlight renewable fuels and energy conservation, twin areas where Kentucky routinely gets high marks.