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Opinion

  • Last week, the United States celebrated the 95th anniversary of women’s right to vote, a milestone made possible by the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

    Kentucky was the 23rd state to ratify that amendment, but it did not clear its final legislative hurdle until Tennessee became the 36th state in August 1920. Interestingly, that decision was a close one, occurring only when a young legislator voted in favor at the request of his mother.

  • It is hard to believe Where Opportunity Knox, a regional initiative to connect 10,000 transitioning veterans and military spouses to jobs and the Greater Louisville Region by the end of 2017, is celebrating its first anniversary in September.

    In the last year, nearly 1,500 veterans and spouses have been connected with employment opportunities throughout the region and over 130 participating employers have signed up to support this initiative.

  • Communication will make the LCS District stronger

    The school year is underway and off to an incredible start for LaRue County Schools. On the heels of back-to-school season, it is school tax season throughout Kentucky. The LCS Board of Education will consider proposed 2015 tax rates Thursday.

  • A little over two years ago my dad, Pop as his children call him, started having trouble with his foot. It became infected and to make a long story short, the end result was amputation. From the time of his surgery I have seen Pop make tremendous strides in his recovery. From getting around with a walker and dealing with a healing and painful residual limb to phantom pain and learning to walk all over again, he has endured so much. I couldn’t be more proud of him and his determination to not let his circumstances get him down.

  • I was recently reminded of a huge change I recently decided to make in my life. My coworker Vanessa Hurst gave me the nickname “Rockcastle” in the office because almost every other sentence that comes out of my mouth, I make a reference to my hometown in Rockcastle County. When she first called me Rockcastle, it made me realize how much I had been missing it and how I had been relaying that through my conversations with people.

  • The process of deleting old files while organizing the files you want to keep, will only go so far in speeding up the performance of your computer. To better improve your computers performance, thus extending its useful life and save some big bucks, there are a few simple, and free, software apps you can use to improve your computer’s performance.

  • There is a saying that you can’t know where you are going until you know where you have been.  That’s especially true when it comes to our schools.

    Since education represents the single-largest category in state spending, more than half of every dollar will go to our public colleges and universities. The General Assembly understandably keeps a close eye on its progress, and with a two-year budget to enact in 2016, now is a good time for a more comprehensive review.

  • Last Friday morning, I was on my way to work when I received a call about a fatal accident on Hwy 210 near the LaRue and Green County line.

  • Yard Sale! It’s a lot of hard work getting everything out and displaying ones goods. When I have visited a yard sale in the past my main objective is to get rid of stuff and eliminate clutter, freeing up some much needed space, so that space can be utilized to it’s full potential (filled with more stuff).

  • For decades now, Kentucky State Police have annually compiled a comprehensive look at crime across the commonwealth, giving the public and law enforcement alike a much clearer picture of the challenges we face.

  • A long time ago there was a bumper sticker that read: “America, Love It or Leave It”. At that time Dad pointed out that it should read “America, Love it and Make it Better”.

  • Here is your reminder: Summer will be gone before you know it!

    So you have been warned. Time to get out the Summer Bucket List and do the things that you will regret if you do not get something accomplished Yet Again This Year.

    Those things that cannot be done in cooler weather, those things that cannot be done with the kids once school starts again and those things that cannot be regained, once they are gone.

    I thought I would share my Bucket List for this summer.

  • I enjoyed listening to Andy Beshear speak at the local rotary club meeting last Thursday. Beshear is running for attorney general and stopped by Hodgenville on the campaign trail.

    Beshear’s speech was centered around three main issues that he said Kentuckians were struggling with the most. Those issues were the child abuse epidemic, drug epidemic and the increasing amount of scams across the state.

    While all three are major issues that need to be addressed, the issue that struck home with me the most was the drug epidemic.

  •     What if only one person from every county in Kentucky decided to go vote after all on election day? Would we be facing a recanvass this Thursday? The Republican Gubernatorial race was won unofficially by 83 votes, and there are 120 counties in Kentucky. I wonder....

  • We take Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway at his word when he says he thinks Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage is discriminatory. He says he believes the state's constitutional amendment forbidding recognition of such unions will be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, which heard arguments on the matter last week. He may well be right.

    But we don't think his personal views on the subject, no matter how sincere, excuse him from refusing to defend the law on the state's behalf in his capacity as attorney general.

  • As USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) continues its third year in its refueling and complex overhaul in Newport News, Virginia, we will see the enhancements to more than 80 percent of our spaces. From the top of the island superstructure to the lowest deck of the aircraft carrier, practically every space will witness some form of rework.

  • FRANKFORT – Kentucky may be a couple of thousand miles away from Hollywood, but that hasn’t diminished our connections to the entertainment industry. Some of today’s most famous actors, for example – George Clooney, Jennifer Lawrence and Johnny Depp – were born here, while Tom Cruise spent part of his youth in Louisville.

  •  I’ll start by saying none of this was spurred by anyone I know personally, so if we’re friends, don’t take offense. They were, however, inspired by members of the public.

  •  Although it may not be the last word on the matter, many library officials around Kentucky must be feeling a bit more confident about the future of their institutions following a Friday ruling from the state Court of Appeals.

    A three-judge appellate panel unanimously overturned two lower court decisions involving revenue increases for libraries created by petition.