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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: 'The Real Truth about Beauty'

     Last week, while fighting with myself over what to wear to work because nothing I owned fit, I overheard a news story that broke my heart.

    A mother in Australia stumbled across her 7-year-old daughter’s diet plan. The girl was allowing herself to eat “appals, keewee and yoget.” She also had an exercise regimen.

    It was a testament to how hard we are on ourselves as a global society, how much emphasis the world puts on body image, how easily influenced children are, especially girls. And it made me re-think my state of mind at the time.

  • COLUMN: Every woman is simply amazing

     In your most country accent, peer into your looking glass, (mirror), and say out loud, “I am amazing.” There is no doubt in my mind that I am an amazing woman, and you know why? Because I said so!

    We all have special gifts, talents and qualities that make the word “amazing” appealing to our vocabulary.

    I think about some of the women who have graced my life with their “sweet aroma of wisdom, strength and compassion,” in the words of my good friend and sister, Monica Bland.

  • COLUMN: Local ordinance is meaningless - but Frankfort took notice

     I don’t care for politics.

  • Media and public both have roles in oversight

     The caller on the other end of the phone line was near exacerbation. He had been given the run-around by government officials, the very people he put in office to represent him, and his quest for answers was met time and again with roadblocks.

  • SUNSHINE WEEK: Open government is a three-legged stool

     My mom used to have a small, three-legged wooden stool. I don’t remember the stool being used for any reason, just something to set a newspaper or magazine on for a minute.

    It was small and thus not sturdy enough to hold anything of weight.

    But no matter if it was strong and sturdy, the three-legged stool was no good if something happened to one of the legs. It couldn’t stand on just two.

    You’re probably already wondering what a three-legged stool has to do with the newspaper business.

  • LETTER: Special District bill should remain in original form

     I applaud the efforts of State Auditor Adam Edelen for addressing the issue of special district accountability in Kentucky. A requirement for citizens to have confidence in government and the services it provides is to have an open, transparent and accountable system. The content of HB 1 ensures this goal is reached. However, potential changes in the language may stall or kill the effort. We cannot let this happen.

  • Thoughts on Frankfort: We can do better

     Every year members of the Kentucky General Assembly descend on Frankfort to carry out the duties that our citizens expect to do. That expectation includes making sure that the legislative process is open and transparent to all Kentuckians.

    But time and time again, and to the frustration of many of us in the Kentucky House of Representatives, the legislative process seems in some cases to be stuck in the back rooms of the Capitol. Never has that been clearer than our efforts to address one of the major issues of the 2013 Session: reforming our public pension system.

  • Black History Month: Honoring Rosleen Price

     This year the Black History Month Citizen of the Year goes to a lady who has been an inspiration to many people in the community. She is rather quiet until you get to know her and never does anything for “show” or a “pat on the back.”