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Today's Opinions

  • OPINION: Kentucky open primaries may not be the best solution

    THE KENTUCKY STANDARD EDITORIAL BOARD

    Senate Bill 41, sponsored by Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, has passed the Senate and has been sent to the House for approval.

    If passed the bill would allow those registered as Independent to vote in party primaries traditionally held in May.

  • COLUMN: Several agencies appreciate gift of donated textbooks

    Each semester college students purchase textbooks to accompany their upcoming classes. The books are often mandatory and carry a hefty price tag.
    Some students will use these books, others will not, but either way they’re stuck to pay the price. The only incentive of the purchase is that at the end of the semester most college bookstores have a “book buyback.” Although buy back pricing is severely lower than original purchase price, it gives students a little money in their pocket … sometimes.

  • COLUMN: Student 'problem-solving' team works toward downtown Wi-Fi access

    For the very first time ever, LaRue County Middle School has formed a Community Problem Solving Team. Community Problem Solving provides one of the most significant learning experiences available to students confronting real-life problems. It’s also about students generating and developing a sense of environmental and community awareness.  

  • COLUMN: Lewis found new calling at Salem Christian

    Sunday evening, it was standing room only as congregation members from Salem Christian, Union Christian and various other churches came together to witness the ordination of Sidney E. Lewis to the Christian ministry.
    I’ve known Pastor Lewis for many years, he once coached my son in minor league ball; his wife, Judy, was a speech therapist at the school, also working with my son. But, it wasn’t until I began attending Union Christian Church that I began to know Sidney Lewis.

  • COLUMN: Diaper age is full of new products and same old poo

    My daughter Amanda called the other day and said she had decided to make the switch to cloth diapers.
    I thought this was an excellent choice as young Lucy will celebrate her first birthday Saturday and with baby number three due in June, Amanda will be going through a lot of diapers. Disposable diapers are so handy but they are expensive and are not environmentally-friendly.

  • COLUMN: Snow days won't always be fun

    I'd like to address this column to all students, K-12, to let you know an important truth. You need to learn this early so you can fully appreciate it. It doesn't matter if you're 5 or 18 - it applies the same to all

    Here it is: Snow days will not be fun once you graduate.

    That might sound simple enough, and you might think you already know it. But trust me – those snow days are among the best times of your life.

  • COLUMN: No improvements needed for 'True Grit' - but filmmakers made them anyway

    When I heard that someone was remaking the movie classic “True Grit,” my first thought was “why.”
    Remakes are generally a waste of time and a movie like “True Grit” needs no improvements. As corny as it sounds, one of my favorite scenes in the 1969 film is John Wayne as one-eyed, cranky Rooster Cogburn on horseback, reins in teeth and Colts in both hands, charging the bad guys.

  • COLUMN: Random drug tests a good idea for welfare recipients

    Under a newly proposed bill – House Bill 208 – state recipients of food stamps, Medicaid or other state assistance could face losing their benefits if they can’t pass a drug test.
    The bill, proposed by Rep. Lonnie Napier, R-Lancaster, has already won the backing of House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonburg. I think he might be onto something as well.