Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Another Lincoln Days success story

    Another Lincoln Days Festival has come to a close. It is our desire that each of you had a good experience. It certainly was our pleasure to try and put together programs that provide your families with good memories of LaRue County and its residences. 

  • COLUMN: Five monkeys - a classic tale of peer pressure

    This week’s column involves a banana, a ladder, a cage full of monkeys, and a psychologist with a fire hose, with overtones of social parody. I'm not referring to the most recent episode of Family Guy, but rather, a psychological study that is rumored to have taken place in the late 1960s.

  • COLUMN: BAVEL is Kentucky's best kept educational secret

    One of Kentucky's best-kept secrets is the Barren Academy of Virtual and Expanded Learning.

    While the commonwealth loses 10,000 students from each graduating class, only 110 students currently are enrolled in the academy. Nevertheless, BAVEL offers the right kind of alternative to tip the scales in the other direction.

    Not only does it offer all Kentucky students - regardless of where they live - the opportunity to acquire a high school diploma while every single class online, but it's getting top-quality results at very low costs.

  • COLUMN: Let nonviolence begin with me

    In recent days the Catholic community celebrated the feast of St Peter Claver.  

  • COLUMN: Pecking order out of whack after top hen's demise

    For those of you who do not care about chickens, much less my pet chickens – this is the time to stop reading. Fair warning.
    There have been a couple of people in recent weeks, however, who have asked about the Ireland hendom so I offer an update.
    Things have been a bit wild in the chicken lot since we lost one of my favorite hens – “Red” – a couple of months ago.
    It was not a traumatic end – as was the case with our rooster Russell Crow who lost his head to a passing possum. She simply molted, stayed sickly and died.

  • LETTER: Telecommuncation options available to low-income families

    The continual innovation in the telecommunications industry creates numerous new telecommunications options from which Kentucky consumers can choose to best stay connected. Despite the myriad of telecommunication options available to Kentuckians, economic challenges may make it difficult for some to remain connected to family, employers and healthcare providers. To help low-income Kentuckians stay connected, the Link-up and Lifeline (not to be confused with a medical alert program with a similar name) programs may help.

  • COLUMN: Children were kept in the dark during 9/11

    The memory of 9/11 is still fresh in the minds of many, even after 10 years. But for those minds that never really understood what happened, the confusion of that day is as memorable as the tragedy itself.
    On Sept. 11, 2001, I woke up early to prepare for the day ahead. I don’t remember what I ate, what I wore or any conversations I had. I do remember it was a Tuesday and I was in the 7th grade. Tuesdays were my dad’s days to come pick me up – my favorite day of the week.

  • COLUMN: Fear was a daily factor after the twin towers fell

     I was on an early morning goose hunt with my husband and a friend in Boston, Ky., on  Sept. 11, 2001.
    After our hunt, I walked to pick up our truck while the guys gathered decoys. When I got in the truck the radio was on and reports of the attacks were being reported.