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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: An open letter to God

     An open letter to God, a psalm of thanksgiving:

  • COLUMN: For many things, I give thanks

     It’s traditional this time of year to renumerate the many things we are thankful for.

  • COLUMN: Unfunded pension system threatens Kentucky's future

     Less funding for schools. No employee pay raises. Service cutbacks for people in need. Construction projects cancelled. Job-creating programs put on hold. Still higher college tuition.

    These and other stark developments could become Kentucky’s future if the state fails to take decisive action to address a huge unfunded liability in its public employee pension plans.

  • LETTER: In honor of American Education Week

     The National Education Association was one of the creators and original sponsors of American Education Week, Nov. 11-17.

    Distressed that 25 percent of the country's World War I draftees were illiterate and 9 percent were physically unfit, representatives of the NEA and the American Legion met in 1919 to seek ways to generate public support for education.

  • JUST ASK: A vote for Roseanne Barr didn't count

     I voted for write-in candidate Roseanne Barr for President in the Nov. 6 election. Why wasn’t this reported in the newspaper?

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    Before a write-in vote can be counted on Election Day, the candidate must have filed to run in the state of Kentucky. The deadline to file as a write-in candidate in the Nov. 6 election was Oct. 26, according to the Secretary of State’s website.

  • COLUMN: It's time to put aside our differences and show civility

     In 1865, Abraham Lincoln said, “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds.”

    In 1906, Evelyn Beatrice Hall wrote in a biography of Voltaire, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

  • COLUMN: State battles prescription drug abuse

     On Sept. 22, I received an email from a grieving mother in Oldham County who had lost a child to a prescription drug overdose. Her daughter died at a friend’s house after mixing the drug Opana with other substances. She was just 16 years old. 

    I have received many of these letters and grieved with far too many parents devastated by the scourge of prescription drug abuse. I vowed to each one of these families that I would do everything I could to stop the spread of this epidemic. 

  • LETTER: KET is committed to education

     Kentucky Educational Television, KET, is committed to education and lifelong learning.

    KET is continuing its rich tradition of bringing trusted, world class digital learning to Kentucky classrooms. In addition, KET provides distance learning courses in physics, German, Latin and soon, Chinese. KET also provides early childhood education resources and training, GED preparation courses and more, serving all ages.